SPIEL: Marcia X artist talk

20 Apr 2016

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Norwich Arts Centre

Norwich, United Kingdom


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  • Norwich Bus Station is 0.6 miles away, and takes about 10 minutes to walk or 5 minutes by taxi.
  • By car from London, approach Norwich on the A11. Keep going along this road until you reach the inner ring road (there will be shops straight ahead on St. Stephens Street). Turn left at the roundabout on to Chapelfield Road, then keep going (past the Chap
  • Norwich Train Station is 1.1 miles away from Norwich Arts Centre, and is approximately 15 minutes walk or 7 minutes by taxi.
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Continuing our series of artist talks, SPIEL presents Marcia X.


Marcia X was born and raised in Chicago IL to immigrant parents in 1985. Inspired by her early travels to the Caribbean and US history and politics, she predominantly works in themes relating to the experience of the Diaspora, history, feminism, politics and socioeconomic issues. As a multidisciplinary artist, her mediums vary from print to installation, and currently is exploring minimalist abstract painting. She has her BA in Fine Art and is furthering her studies to attain an MA in Political, Social and International Theory. She lives and works in the Diaspora.

‘A society is what it remembers, we are what we remember, I am what I remember; the self is a trick of memory.’ - Albert Wendt

The self is a trick of memory” Artist Marcia X’s sense of self was developed in a modernist society. A society that can only succeed if their cultural identity is actively a false consciousness. When it comes to understanding the racialized self in Western Modern society, it is important to understand that those from the Caribbean and the rest of LatinAmerica are a peoples whose history has been robbed, erased and rewritten. They are a people who have not been able to identify ourselves for others, especially when they are children growing up in the Diaspora. For as Latinxs they are not a part of one race, they are people who have a similar inherited cultural identity.

Marcia X’s visual work revolves around understanding the psychological and emotional affects of living in the unhomely place of the Diaspora. Her spoken word, performance and writings aim to confront issues of race, gender and history, particularly within the context of art practice.

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