This video is complementary to the original Movements article Diasporic Identities: A Poetics of Relation and Dispersion written by Marie-Hélène Lemaire.
In this short video from Movements: RELATIONS, Marie-Hélène Lemaire, head of education at the PHI Foundation, reflects on the question: how can the mythological figure represent diasporic identity? To this end, she discusses how the Dominican mythological figure of the ciguapa is re-imagined in the works of Firelei Báez. In addition, with her guest Marissa Largo, she discusses the figure of the aswang, taken from Philippine folklore and reinterpreted in the works of Marigold Santos. Marissa Largo is the author of an essay on the work of Marigold Santos in our book RELATIONS: Diaspora and Painting (to be published in October 2020) and Assistant Professor of Art Education at the University of Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD).
Movements is a tool designed by the PHI Foundation's education team to encourage in-depth explorations of key concepts evoked by the works presented in our exhibition RELATIONS: Diaspora and Painting. By highlighting points of conceptual departure, Movements intends to inspire dialogue about the exhibition and encourage visitors to elaborate on the proposed themes through their personal interpretations and reflections. Over time, these concepts are subsequently enriched as they inform new contributions to our evolving conversations about art.