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  1. [Tania Bruguera: "Immigrant Movement International"]
  2. [Queens, New York]
  3. [ALIZA NISENBAUM] It was really fun to paint here.
  4. [Aliza Nisenbaum, Artist]
  5. I was painting always when there was either
    a Zumba class
  6. or a children's orchestra class.
  7. There would always be at least four or five
    little kids around my palette,
  8. putting their fingers into the paint
  9. and asking me how to make particular colors
  10. and seeing the way I put the brush down on
    the canvas.
  11. I'm a Mexican,
  12. and I've become a little bit more of a part
    of the art world down there,
  13. and so this has been like a real home for
    me.
  14. So, yeah, Vero and Marisa are here.
  15. --[NISENBAUM, IN SPANISH] How are you Vero?
  16. --It's been a long time since I saw you last!
  17. --[VERO, IN SPANISH] Yes, yes. I've missed
    you too.
  18. --[NISENBAUM, IN SPANISH] Likewise.
  19. --Hi Marisa! How are you love?
  20. --[MARISA, IN SPANISH] Good.
  21. --[NISENBAUM, IN SPANISH] Are you both ready
    for the party?
  22. --[VERO, IN SPANISH] Yes, yes. Very, very
    ready.
  23. [NISENBAUM] I painted Vero twice.
  24. She was my first model
  25. and she is the most inspiring person that
    I met in my class.
  26. [VERO, IN SPANISH] I feel very very proud
    because
  27. imagine, I'm in a painting
  28. me, my husband, and my daughter!
  29. In my mind I thought that in one hour
  30. a painting was completed; but, no,
  31. it's a lot of hours of work.
  32. I met her here because I took her class
  33. of learning English through art.
  34. [NISENBAUM] We were talking a lot about ideas
    of women--ideas of feminism.
  35. But, they really didn't use the word 'feminist'
  36. or it was a little bit shunned or something.
  37. So, we started opening up ideas of what that
    would mean for different people.
  38. And so, the idea of sitting face to face,
  39. it's a very intimate experience having a model
    and painting them.
  40. And so, that always makes people open up.
  41. You're painting every single part of their
    flesh and their skin,
  42. and the flow and folds of their clothes,
  43. and so, that immediately is a kind of intimate
    experience.
  44. [VERO, IN SPANISH] In Mexico, I studied an
    Aztec dance.
  45. My family and I are accustomed to wearing
    attire
  46. typical of our country.
  47. And the truth is that time I wore a blouse
    with flowers,
  48. very pretty, with strong colors,
  49. and now I always see it, I have the painting
    in my home
  50. in my living room.
  51. Before anything, I give thanks to Aliza.
  52. [NISENBAUM] A lot of these women are people
    that hide, in some ways,
  53. from public view--
  54. from being seen--
  55. because a lot of them are undocumented immigrants.
  56. So I was trying to give a sense of agency
    to the women that were here
  57. in terms of finding their voice, in terms
    art,
  58. and in terms of, also, basic English skills.
  59. There's such a rich history of social painting
    in Mexico.
  60. You know, going back all the way to the muralists,
    and...
  61. I think so much more art now has become about
  62. this social space--social practice.
  63. [Tania Bruguera; Artist, IMI Initiator]
  64. It's very important for everyone to know about
    the poetics of this space.
  65. [BRUGUERA] The people in Immigrant Movement,
    they are using art to empower themselves.
  66. So, they have been part of contemporary art
    as well,
  67. and they understand now, much better,
  68. how contemporary art works,
  69. and everything they can get out of it.
  70. People can also grow and understand how to
    work from their fear--
  71. with the limitations they have put on themselves
    once they enter this country.
  72. [ANA RAMIEREZ] Because we're in a city
  73. that sometimes is somewhat difficult.
  74. Once a while we all go through difficult moments
  75. in our lives, no?
  76. For me, being in a ceremony gives me
  77. the strength to go forward day to day.
  78. So being here, for me, fills me with strength--
  79. strength, happiness,
  80. lots of energy,
  81. and it gives me pleasure to work together
    with my family
  82. of the Tletlpapalotzin group.
  83. [IMI Community Celebration Day]
  84. [BRUGUERA] Immigrant Movement is not a finished
    product yet.
  85. All the time that we spend in Immigrant Movement,
  86. until now, is to prepare the conditions for
    the project to happen.
  87. If you ask me who I am, I think I am an idealist
  88. because I am dying to start a political party,
  89. because this is what I really wanted to do--
  90. to create a political power for immigrants,
    by immigrants.
  91. And I know, in the United States, the risk
    of doing that
  92. is that it's going to be seen maybe as
  93. a gesture more than an actual thing that happens.
  94. But we'll see.