Performance by Roberto Sifuentes, Aram Han Sifuentes, and jonCates
Responding to hyper-mediatized, colliding images, and sensory overload of global despair, Roberto Sifuentes, Aram Han Sifuentes, and jonCates team up to create #exsanguination, a performance where the bleeding body stands in for the displaced, invisible, and forgotten, becoming a site for activism, penance, and reinvention. In this new performance, live performance, the immediacy of glitches, and experimental soundscapes intersect on a concrete runway.
As an immigrant, I investigate themes of identity politics, immigration and immigrant labor, possession and dispossession, citizenship and belonging, dissent and protest, and race politics in the United States. My art practice situates itself at the intersection of fiber, social practice, performance, and pedagogy. At the core of my practice, I create socially engaged and materially rich projects that aim to create an art world that is available and accessible for those who are disenfranchised, particularly for dispossessed immigrants of color.
3Arts is proud to partner with High Concept Labs by connecting artists supported through 3AP (3Arts Projects) to HCL’s Sponsored Artist Program. In 2018, Aram Han Sifuentes was selected as an HCL Sponsored Artist to continue developing her project, “Protest Banner Lending Library,” which was successfully funded on 3AP in April 2017.
Aram Han Sifuentes uses a needle and thread as her tools to examine immigration, citizenship, race, and craft, drawing on both personal experiences and shared cultural identity. Her work has been exhibited and performed at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum in Chicago, Illinois; Chicago Cultural Center in Chicago, Illinois; Whitney Museum of American Art in NYC, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Wing Luke Museum of Asian Pacific American Experience in Seattle, Washington; Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum in Seoul, South Korea; and the Centro de Textiles del Mundo Maya in Chiapas, Mexico.
Aram was a 2014 BOLT Resident and 2015 BOLT Mentor at the Chicago Artists Coalition. She is a 2016 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow and a 2016 3Arts Awardee. She earned her BA in Art and Latin American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and her MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently a Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.