The Decolonized Eye
Filipino American Art and PerformanceBook - 2009
From the late 1980s to the present, artists of Filipino descent in the United States have produced a challenging and creative movement. In The Decolonized Eye, Sarita Echavez See shows how these artists have engaged with the complex aftermath of U.S. colonialism in the Philippines.
Focusing on artists working in New York and California, See examines the overlapping artistic and aesthetic practices and concerns of filmmaker Angel Shaw, painter Manuel Ocampo, installation artist Paul Pfeiffer, comedian Rex Navarrete, performance artist Nicky Paraiso, and sculptor Reanne Estrada to explain the reasons for their strangely shadowy presence in American culture and scholarship. Offering an interpretation of their creations that accounts for their queer, decolonizing strategies of camp, mimesis, and humor, See reveals the conditions of possibility that constitute this contemporary archive.
By analyzing art, performance, and visual culture, The Decolonized Eye illuminates the unexpected consequences of America's amnesia over its imperial history.
See (Asian and Pacific Islander American studies, U. of Michigan) shows how Filipino America contributes to the process and products of an American postcolonial cultural archive. Since the late 1980s, he says, affiliated artists of Filipine descent have generated a sense of cultural momentum emanating from New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area where they are based. He covers Angel Shaw and Manuel Ocampo, Paul Pfeiffer's disintegrating figure studies, the Sikolohiya/psychology of Rex Navarrete's stand-up comedy, and loss and aural (be)longing in Nicky Paraiso's House/Boy. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)