2022-01-13_Conroe, Texas

January 13, 2022 – 1pm CST
IPS: Migrant Detention and Trans Liberation GOD BROWN AMERICA. by ALOK.

Instagram Live Broadcast >> instagram.com/inplainsightmap

The Bureau will install ALOK’s sky typed message “GOD BROWN AMERICA” using Nancy Cahill Baker’s Augmented Reality software, 4th Wall. From this moment on, anyone with the App will be able to hold up their phone or tablet to the skyline of near the Montgomery Processing Center in Conroe, Texas and see ALOK’s message.

At 1pm Bureau representative, Sarah Eleazar will participate in an instagram live conversation:

Fields of Vision IPS: Migrant Detention and Trans Liberation “GOD BROWN AMERICA” is the first  installment of a series of @inplainsightmap sky-typed messages (2020) that will join a permanent  collection in the “sky”via the augmented reality app @4thwallapp by Nancy Baker Cahill. The installment is in collaboration with the Texas based Bureau for Experimental  Ethnography and in conversation between, @alokvmenon, the originator of the message “GOD BROWN  AMERICA”, Diego Jimenez Palacios an organizer from Familia TQLM, Bureau for Experimental  Ethnography member Sarah Eleazar and moderated by In Plain Sight’s very own Set Hernandez  Rongkilyo. The discussion will bring together the voices and perspectives on the gender binary as a  colonial construct and consider the violent impact that colonization has had on migration and migrating  communities. 

Participants: 

ALOK @alokvmenon (they/them) is an internationally acclaimed writer, performer, and public speaker. As  a mixed-media artist their work explores themes of trauma, belonging, and the human condition.  

Diego @esdiegolucas is a trans immigrant from Mexico City, first-generation graduate of UC Berkeley,  activist, and makeup artist.Diego has been building a loving community with their partner Cris and their  chihuahua, Pancho.  

Sarah Eleazar is a PhD student of anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin. Sarah has worked as  a journalist and was a grassroots organizer in Pakistan prior to her graduate studies. She is a member of the Haqooq-e-Khalq Movement in Pakistan and a senior editor for the South Asian Avant-Garde (SAAG)  Anthology.  

Set Hernandez Rongkilyo @sethernandezr is a filmmaker and community organizer whose roots come  from Bicol, Philippines. As a queer, undocumented immigrant, they dedicate their filmmaking to expand  the portrayal of their community on screen. Set is the fruit of their parents’ sacrifices, their siblings’  resilience, and their community’s nurturing. 

This multifaceted collaborative program is In Plain SIght’s contribution to 2021 Texas Biennial, A New  Landscape, A Possible Horizon. 

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On location: Sarah Eleazar and Craig Campbell
Produced by María Fernandez Pello and Alexandra Villareal