October 7th, 2021 (3:00 – 4:30pm Boston / 21:00 – 22:30 Madrid)
Born in Michoacán, Mexico, Arleene Correa Valencia is a visual artist living and working in both Napa and San Francisco, California. A recipient of DACA, she explores her status as a registered “illegal alien” through her art. Working with painting and textiles, Correa Valencia weaves a rich narrative of complex stories about migration, invisibility, fear, separation, representation, resilience, and pride. In this session–the Observatorio’s contribution to Harvard Worldwide Week 2021–she will discuss the interdisciplinary nature of her work from both a political and artistic perspective with Harvard professor Raquel Vega-Durán. The conversation will serve as an opportunity to meet and interact with this inspiring young artist and to learn more about her dynamic art projects.
Correa Valencia holds a BFA and an MFA from the California College of the Arts and has been a resident and fellow at prestigious art centers, such as the School of Visual Arts in New York. She has been featured in solo and group exhibitions throughout the US and has received several scholarships and recognitions, including an Emmy Award. Vega-Durán is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and Chair of the Committee on Ethnicity, Migration and Rights at Harvard University. An expert on Migration and Border Studies and on Narratives of Identity, among other fields, she has researched migration in both America and Europe, most recently publishing Emigrant Dreams, Immigrant Borders (2016).