A part of the show title is taken from a chapter of Elaine Castillo’s novel, America Is Not The Heart. The year 1990 sets off a new generation of Filipino Americans exploring what it means to be a part of this country and that of generations before. We are a part of a new wave of first, second, and third generation children exploring how to bridge cultures, inevitably making way for a new generation that will inherit a new kind of world. The mundane objects and routines of everyday life act as portals that reminds us of ourselves and can lead us across dimensions--simple acts like looking in a mirror or the moment we recognize our differences in a sea of white. It is the first picture of you.
The exhibition addresses the themes of identity as a Filipinx American, particularly growing up or settling on the East Coast. Featuring contemporary artists who are first and second generation Filipinx Americans, "The First Picture of You, 1990" makes room for emerging talent and younger voices to express their confrontation and understanding of the historical past between the Philippines and America.
We have a separate understanding of not only our roots and the results of American colonization and assimilation, but how the decisions of today impact our immediate future. We have a family that comes from a nation of islands. Like the New York metropolitan area, we are surrounded by water. We are constantly reminded of the ephemeral nature of life and the ideas of yesterday being washed away so easily. In "The First Picture of You, 1990", we aim to provide art that will stand to ask necessary questions and make sure our Filipinx identity carries on.
How You'll Help
The First Picture of You, 1990 premieres April 22 at The Philippine Center New York, and is the first show organized by the collective. We need your help to make this show happen. We'll be using our funds to pay for the space, artist honorarium, and labor put into producing graphics, web content, and materials for the show.
The First Picture of You, 1990 will run from April 22 to May 3, 2019 at The Philippine Center New York, 556 5th Ave, New York, NY 10036.
- Julio Jose Austria
- James Bascara
- Emma Noelle
- Kelvin Burzon
- KT Pe Benito
- Sarah Gambito
- Eric Ramos Guerrero
- Adrien Dacquel
- Camille Hoffman
- Jeanne F. Jalandoni
- Roberto Jamora
- Paloma Martinez-Miranda
- Kristianne Molina
- Karl Orozco
- Tahnee Pantig
- Derrick Quevedo
- Maria Stabio
- Mishel An Valenton
What You'll Get **
**The Dogeaters eagle tee is no longer available
Who We Are + Team Members
The Dogeaters Collective is a group of Fil Am artists and writers based in New York City. We met at the Bundok Saints art show curated by andie millares in June 2018, and proceeded to form this collective to build a support system for Filipinx American artists and a radical future. Our name is inspired by Dogeaters by Jessica Hagedorn, as a way of reclaiming and redefining identity.
Adrien Dacquel is an artist based in Brooklyn.
Jessica Joyce Jacolbe is a writer from Brooklyn. Her work on arts and culture has appeared in Catapult, Garage Magazine, Motherboard, and more.
Jeanne Jalandoni is an artist born and based in New York City. She primarily works in oil paint and textile, documenting aspects of her cultural identity. Jalandoni received her BFA from New York University.
Paloma Martinez-Miranda is an artist and designer from Manila living in New York City.
andie millares is a poet, visual artist, arts administrator, and Kundiman fellow from New Jersey.
Karl Orozco is an artist and educator based in Queens, NY interested in gaming as a multidisciplinary art form for community building, storytelling and social commentary.
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Risks and challenges
We need to secure the funds with an aim and priority to pay for the space and artists' honorarium. As a collective, we imagine a space that provides for the artist and their voice. Funding for this show will help bring about this message. We want to pay folks who contributed their time and skills in making this show come to life.
We will keep donors updated on all the risks and challenges that may come up.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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