Kiley Brandt: ¿ Should I use The First Person Here?
Saturday, August 10
I am adopted from Central America. Utilizing my privileged position, I am exploring my personal displacement of cultural identity as well as becoming overwhelmingly aware of the ways in which the current political power further demonizes and expulses immigrants into homelessness and poverty. My frustration is specifically aimed at both a larger political structure that favors the wealthy and the white, and a smaller personal issue with being and feeling other. This feeling of being other comes from navigating he nuances of being raised within a white culture but appearing in all respects Hispanic. Bridging the gap between these two pictures is a mistrust of Late Capitalism, which has made parts of the overgrown population less valuable in the maintaining of society. Examples of those exploited by this system include immigrants, children, refugees and the impoverished. The root of the misconceptions about American identity stems from effects of this capitalist movement and it’s constant omission and retelling of history that further tries to simplify a complex society. To have power in this system is to decide who does and does not belong.
My art is political. It is derived from a deep concern and need to be involved in the discussions that have preceded me. Feminist, phenomenological, and post-modern theory have influenced my work. The conceptual nature of my practice means that the majority of the pieces I produce span mediums such as video installations, legal forms, soundscapes and poetry. In my practice I try to maintain honesty and emotion while also seeking to disrupt comfort. I want my work to compel uncertainty in the space that people occupy, whether that is the gallery space or their own bodies. I feel urgency in the need to create in the wake of the 2016 election, which has displaced not only progressive policies but also human lives.
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