Art & Archives: Semente and Adrian Aguilera in Conversation – April 19th, 2022

Art & Archives is a program series hosted by Archivists of Central Texas (ACT) that provides a space for local artists to come together in conversation with archives and library professionals to explore how their practice engages with archival materials and historical narratives.

The series of programs is sponsored by The Summerlee Foundation.

About the Artists:

Amanda “Semente” Caroline de Oliveira Pereira (she/ they) is a multi-medium, artist, writer, educator, model, dancer, capoeirista, and performer originally from São Paulo, Brazil, currently based in Austin, Texas. Semente received her B.A from Brandeis University with double majors in International and Global studies and African and Afro-American Studies, and double minors in Latin American and Latino Studies, and Women and Gender Studies in 2015. In 2017, Semente completed their M.A. and is now a PhD Candidate in African and African Diaspora Studies at The University of Texas at Austin to be completed May 2022. Semente is also the 2021-2022 University Engagement Fellow at the Blanton Museum of Art. Semente is also a 200-hour Trauma-Informed-Healing-Centered Community Yoga Teacher certified through Sanctuary Yoga and The Amala Foundation. Additionally, Semente is a member of Ashé Arts Collective, We Here Collective, and Lannaya Drum and Dance.

Born in Mexico’s industrial capital of Monterrey, Adrian Aguilera immigrated as a young adult to the U.S. where he settled in Austin, Texas in late 2000s. He received his BFA (2004) from The Autonomous University of Nuevo León, México. Working with a variety of mediums that include sculpture, text-based work, print media, video public art, and installations, he researches the intrinsic essence that resides in objects. With an interest in scientific observation, cultural history, and social issues, Aguilera’s work aboard our relationship with the physical and cultural spaces in which we (co)exist. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally at The Philbrook Museum, The Contemporary Austin, Artpace San Antonio, the Fusebox Festival, The Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas, The George Washington Carver Museum, and The Instituto Cultural de México in Paris, France. In addition to his practice he is an active member of the Austin-based contemporary arts collaborative Black Mountain Project.

About the Moderator:

Rachel Winston is the Black Diaspora Archivist at the LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections

A recording of the event will be available soon…