“Last Known Alive” by Jasmine Dillavou

Last Known Alive

Jasmine Dillavou

March 6 – March 27, 2020

The duality of my culture lies in 500 years of power struggle. Autochthonous peoples overtaken by heterochthonous; those who wish to economically exploit the lands and resources of North and Central America. In modern times, this process still continues and is rife within our political, financial, and industrial systems: the ruling elite, unelected fiscal boards, money laundering, anti-black sentiments, redlining, and unaddressed climate disasters are just a few of the continuing devices of oppression. With this exhibition I dutifully unpack how these huge and unending mechanisms have not succeeded in erasing my indigenous history, but have instead redefined how marginalized communities continue to honor and preserve their heritage.

This exhibition is dedicated to the diaspora goddesses; unsung heroes of an island dusted in gold. Beautiful brown bodies. Family stretched far across waters. To the activists with guillotines, to the Boricuas on the frontlines, to earthquake survivors. I send you the strength of our foremothers.

Public Hours: Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 12:00pm – 6:00pm starting March 6th.

Additional Programming: There will be an opening reception with the artist,  featuring complimentary art-inspired food by Ephemera, refreshments from our friends at Ratio Beerworks and DRAM Apothecary,  and more on Friday, March 6th from 6pm – 9pm.

Understudy is free-to-visit and open to all.

Biography

Jasmine Dillavou is a Boricua mixed-media artist from Colorado Springs. Dillavou received her BA in Visual and Performing Arts from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and has since shown in numerous exhibitions across the Front Range. Her work often explores themes of visibility within Caribbean diaspora identities. From intimate performance pieces to immersive installations, Dillavou investigates liberation, decolonization and femininity through a personal lens.

Artist’s Website: Visit Jasmine’s website https://www.jasminedillavou.com/about or find her on Instagram @jasminerunswithscissors or directly at https://www.instagram.com/jasminerunswithscissors

Understudy is located at the Colorado Convention Center / Theatre District light rail stop near 14th and Stout. Look for the Shantell Martin art bench.

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