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“Embroidery in Translation: Globalization at the End of the Needle.“ Aram Han Sifuentes

Aram Han Sifuentes considers the complex impact of globalization and how it speaks through the end of the needle in the hands of immigrant laborers in and outside the garment industry, and artisans active in living textile traditions around the world. She will talk about her projects Amend: A Collection of Scraps from Local Seamstresses and Tailors (2011-2013), US Citizenship Test Sampler (2013-present), and Embroidery in Translation: Indigenous Chapanecan Artists Reinterpret Traditional Korean Textiles (2015-2016), which address themes of immigrant labor, immigration policy, citizenship, expressing one’s Americanness, embroidery as language and literacy, and skill sharing and exchange.

Aram Han Sifuentes learned how to sew when she was 6 years old from her seamstress mother. Han Sifuentes was born in Seoul, South Korea and immigrated to Modesto, California as a child. She mines from her family’s immigration experience to address issues of labor and explores identity as a first generation immigrant.

Han Sifuentes’s work has been shown in national and international exhibitions. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum in Seoul, South Korea; Wing Luke Museum of Asian Pacific American Experience in Seattle, WA; Center for Craft, Creativity and Design in Asheville, NC; and Elmhurst Art Museum in Elmhurst, IL. She earned a BA in Art and Latin American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley in 2008 and a MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013.

www.aramhan.com

This lecture is sponsored by the UO Department of Art, Mrs. Carol Reinhold and Mr. B. Terry Reinhold, and the Reinhold Foundation.

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