Part of Thursday Nights at the Asian Art Museum
Lolas is a performance installation that explores notions of cultural assimilation and resistance through one lola’s garden, an assemblage of found materials, religious icons and constructed identities. Lola, the Filipino/Tagalog word for grandmother, serves as the center of Tacata’s new work, which explores the complicated and sacrosanct figure of the grandmother in Philippine culture as well as an inheritance of racial discrimination, Catholic guilt and queer identities.
Using photographs of his lola’s garden and objects gathered after her death, the artist reconstructs her garden in the Asian Art Museum as a site for live tableaus; poetic readings pulled from her writings on faith, love and death; and a stage for other lolas or lola figures from the local Filipino community to perform.
About the Artist Ryan Tacata, Ph.D., is a performance maker and scholar based in San Francisco. He has a B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2007) and recently received his Ph.D. in Performance Studies from Stanford University. His recent projects include dancing in Doggie Hamlet (2015–ongoing) by Ann Carlson; For You with Erika Chong Shuch (2016–ongoing); The Magical Order of … (2014) with Julie Tolentino for YBCA in Community; and Séance (forthcoming). His academic research investigates alternative methods of archival research, performance art historiography, and experimental spatial practice. He is a visiting faculty member in the Department of History and Theory of Contemporary Art at the San Francisco Art Institute as well as in the M.F.A. Program in Theatre and Performance Making at the California Institute of Integral Studies/University of Chichester (U.K.). ryan-tacata.com