The Stamp Gallery | Camila Tapia-Guilliams and micha cárdenas alternate universe: visualizing queer futurisms

By Editorial Team on February 28, 2022

Wed, 02 March 2022 - Thu, 31 March 2022

Sin Sol / No Sun (2020) by Critical Realities Studio: micha cárdenas, Abraham Avnisan, Marcelo Viana Neto, Adrian Phillips, Kara Stone, Dorothy Santos, Wynne Greenwood, Morgan Thomas, Rachel Raymond and Robin Cruz.
In Person Closing Reception: Thursday, March 31 from 6pm to 8pm ET

Curated by Marjorie Antonio ‘22

The Stamp Gallery is pleased to present alternate universe: visualizing queer futurisms, a two-person exhibition featuring artwork by Camila Tapia-Guilliams and micha cárdenas. On view February 10 through April 6, 2022, this curated exhibition places themes of speculative futures, queerness, gender, and survival in conversation with our current world. A juxtaposition of different mediums and focuses, from augmented reality artwork, game design and trans of color theory, to mixed-media and cooperative and anti-capitalist work, alternate universe ultimately engages in the questions: What are the responses to the current state of our universe, our Earth, our world as queer/queered people? And how do we create and build alternate universes to survive?

In conjunction with this exhibition, there will be a workshop on mixed media and cooperative arts communities with Camila Tapia-Guilliams and a virtual artist talk by micha cárdenas:

The Art of Community Care: Collaging Collective Action

March 2nd from 6-7:30pm
Hybrid – Livestreamed Talk and In-Person Art-Making Activity
Livestreamed Talk Zoom Link: stamp.umd.edu/artcommunitycare
RSVP for Workshop: stamp.umd.edu/CollageAction

Hosted by artist-organizer Camila Tapia-Guilliam with Ellie Yanagisawa and Aviah Krupnick of Transverse Cooperative.

On Wednesday, March 2nd from 6-7:30pm join artist-organizers Camila Tapia-Guilliams, Ellie Yanagisawa, and Aviah Krupnick for The Art of Community Care: Collaging Collective Action. In an event livestreamed from the Stamp Gallery from 6:00-6:30 pm, they will discuss their growing worker-owned arts cooperative, Transverse Cooperative,  their other creative action projects, and the role of the Maryland Food Collective in the arts and the activist community at the University of Maryland. With an in-person audience from 6:30-7:30pm, the hosts will move to Studio A for a participatory art-making activity and conversation about how art can be used as a tool of mutual aid, education, and community-building. Transverse Cooperative can be reached at @transverse.coop or transverse.coop@gmail.com

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

micha cárdenas, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Performance, Play & Design, and Critical Race & Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she directs the Critical Realities Studio. Her book Poetic Operations, forthcoming from Duke University Press, proposes algorithmic analysis as a method for developing a trans of color poetics. cárdenas’s co-authored books, The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities (2012) and Trans Desire / Affective Cyborgs (2010), were published by Atropos Press. She is co-editor of the book series Queer/Trans/Digital at NYU Press, with Amanda Philips and Bo Ruberg. She is a member of the artist collective Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0. She is a first generation Colombian American.

Camila Tapia-Guilliams (they.them) is a mixed media artist, educator, and community organizer. Weaving together narratives of social sustainability, cooperation, and the solidarity economy, Camila’s art also explores their identities as a Latine, chronically ill, queer, non-binary person. They created and led the Cooperative Arts Cohort, and are the Co-Lead on the Community Team for Anticapitalism for Artists. They currently work at the Phillips Collection in Community Engagement and are collaborating with other creatives on starting a worker-owned arts cooperative. Camila graduated in 2019 from the University of Maryland, College Park, where they were a worker-owner of the Maryland Food Collective. Their work has been featured in a variety of DC-MD-VA galleries and on the cover of the Washington Socialist. Further, they have organized events, classes, and exhibitions in conjunction with numerous arts collectives. You can find out more about Camila and their projects on their Instagram @byunnaturalcauses.

ABOUT THE STAMP GALLERY

Located on the first floor of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union—Center for Campus Life at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Stamp Gallery is dedicated to exhibiting contemporary art, especially the work of emerging and mid-career artists. The Stamp Gallery supports contemporary art that is challenging, academically engaging, and attuned to broad community and social issues. Through meaningful exhibitions and programming, the Gallery offers outside-of-the-classroom experiential learning opportunities. It functions as a laboratory where emerging artists and curators experiment and work through their ideas. The Gallery’s programming aims to emphasize the importance of process to contemporary artistic practice and to provide a forum for dialogue.

FREE and open to the public.

Spring 2022 hours:

  • Mondays–Thursdays: 10 am – 8 pm
  • Fridays: 10 am – 5 pm
  • Saturdays: 11 am – 5 pm
  • Sundays: Closed

More information: thestamp.umd.edu/gallery

The Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland is located at 1220B Adele H. Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.