by Christine Balance
Just in time for Filipino American History Month, we are excited to announce AFTERLIVES OF MARTIAL LAW, a multi-site, multi-program public partnership between UC Irvine's Asian American Studies department and Visual Communications (VC) to digitally preserve archival materials and present public programs that document the history of Philippine martial law and its impact upon Los Angeles-based community arts and organizing.
Martial Law marks the 21-year dictatorial regime of Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda. Martial law also marks a time when U.S.- and Philippines-based activists and artists worked against this state of exception. Comprised of digitally archiving VC materials, a mobile exhibition, public events, and a small-scale community oral history project, AFTERLIVES OF MARTIAL LAW is a timely commemoration of the 45h anniversary of the declaration of martial law (September 21, 1972) and necessary reminder of how artists, media-makers, and activists resist authoritarian regimes. This partnership aims to bring together artists, activists, and scholars whose work focuses on the relationship between cultural memory, politics, and arts/media as well as various generations of those who lived through martial law and those who were born in its aftermath.
Participating artists and scholars include: Prof. Lucy Burns (UCLA), Elaine Dolalas & Michael Nailat (This Filipino American Life), filmmaker/DJ Gary Gacula Gabisan, filmmaker Marie Jamora, Prof. Bliss Lim (UCI), Stefanie Lira (Ph.D. candidate in History, UCI), filmmaker/DJ Joel Quizon, Prof. Jason Magabo Perez (CSU-San Bernardino).
Join us this Saturday, Oct 14th at the Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture (FPAC) in Echo Park. We'll be sharing a booth with the This Filipino American Life Podcast. It will be filled with images from the VC Archive, a small library of martial law-related books, 70s/80s musical soundtracks & more.