Reckoning with Hxstory takes its title from the first sentence of Chicanx Studies founding manifesto, El Plan de Santa Barbara, which states, “For all people, as with individuals, the time comes when they must reckon with their history.” Thus, to reckon with hxstory, or as Anzaldúa states, “taking inventory,” is the first step towards conocimiento/consciousness. In that spirit, this exhibition replaces the i/e in history/herstory with an x to embrace decolonial paradigms. To understand our human condition and position in society we must reflect on the structures that assert racism, colonialism, and oppression. Through thisconocimiento, the personal becomes political and only then can we begin to winnow out the injustices.
Reckoning with Hxstory showcases visual narratives that were catalyst shifts in the Civil Rights Movements over the last six decades. By highlighting these historical events, we once again begin to create an understanding of who we are and provide a decolonial educational praxis platform which is rooted in action and reflection.
About the Artist:
Carlos Jackson, a visual artist and writer, was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He attended the University of California, Davis where he received his Bachelor of Science in Community and Regional Development and an M.F.A. in Painting, and was awarded the Robert Arneson Award for excellence in the M.F.A. program. In 2002 he was awarded a full fellowship to attend the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in central Maine. For the 2003-2004 year he held the David Shainberg Endowed Fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. Between 2004-2015 he served as Founding Director of Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer. Currently, he is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Chicana/o Studies Department.
Opening Reception: October 1, 2016 | 6:30PM