The Oakland Museum of California presents Michelle Dizon: Drifting Islands, an exhibition of three video installations by artist Michelle Dizon, a visiting faculty member in Photography and Media at CalArts. The works of Drifting Islands examine themes of “memory, loss, and experiences of displacement for people from many backgrounds, including her own.”
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Born and raised in Los Angeles as part of the Philippine diaspora, Dizon makes work that sheds light on the obscured histories that exist in landscape, bodies, and conversation. In Dizon’s 2012 work, Perpetual Peace, footage gathered over four years shows landscapes marked by past conflicts and present exploitations in the Philippines. Her new work Ex Utero presents portraits of several generations of women from her own family who have been affected by breast cancer. Dizon’s 2008 video Civil Society draws connections between the civil unrest in Los Angeles in 1992 and the outskirts of Paris in 2005.
In addition to multi-channel video installations, Dizon’s art practice also includes cinema performances, films, photography, discursive events and writing. She has lectured and exhibited at venues worldwide, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco; Caixaforum in Barcelona, Spain; the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manila.
Michelle Dizon: Drifting Islands is on view at the Oakland Museum of California, from April 10-Nov. 8. An artist’s reception is on Friday (April 10) from 5-9 pm.
Michelle Dizon: Drifting Islands
Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak Street, Oakland, Calif.
Artist’s reception: April 10 from 5-9 pm