Alejandro T. Acierto in Conversation with Anthony Stepter


  • 1431 W. Chicago Ave Chicago

Artist and musician Alejandro T. Acierto speaks with Anthony Stepter, program coordinator for the Museum and Exhibition Studies program at UIC about his work on view at the Sub-Mission. Part of a broad investigation of the breath, "the means by which we make an opening" re-contextualizes the history of the Philippines during the era of US colonization at the turn of the 20th century. After the US overtook the Philippines as a result of the Spanish-American War, Americans inhabited the flourishing tobacco industry, a former Spanish monopoly that became as much a part of the fabric of colonial life as was Catholicism. With the tobacco industry filling the airways of Filipinos and Spaniards alike, cigars became a primary technology through which Spanish (and later American) colonialism could be embodied. Within this context, this exhibition features a series of objects, ephemera, images, and gestures that offer alternative, speculative histories that undermine the success of the tobacco industry.