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Ancestors and Testimonies: Tuấn Andrew Nguyễn and Gwen Moore

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July 15, 2021, 10:00 am

Contemporary Art Museum
3750 Washington Blvd
St. Louis, MO United States

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Tuấn Andrew Nguyễn’s artistic practice explores strategies of political resistance enacted through counter-memory and post-memory. Extracting and re-working narratives via history and supernaturalisms is an essential part of Nguyen’s video works and sculptures where fact and fiction are both held accountable.

Gwen Moore is the Curator of Urban Landscape and Community Identity at the Missouri Historical Society focusing on race, ethnicity, race relations and social justice issues in St. Louis. Gwen has been associated with the Society since 1998 working as a researcher, community programmer and oral historian. Her current area of research is concerned with social movements with a particular interest in civil rights activism. An important part of her work has been documenting the Ferguson protest movement which included a collecting initiative and an oral history project. Gwen was also the curator for the Missouri History Museum exhibition, #1 in Civil Rights: The African American Freedom Struggle in St. Louis. She continues her focus on documenting the history of African Americans in the region through collecting the voices, objects, papers and images of ordinary and extraordinary Black St. Louisans through a collecting initiative.

Radio Resistance assembles the voices of intersecting local and global agents of change. Artists featured in the exhibition Stories of Resistance are paired with figures from the past, present, and future of St. Louis, coming together to transmit messages of dissent. A selection from their discussion can be found on St. Louis on the Air, the noontime talk program hosted by Sarah Fenske on St. Louis Public Radio, with the full episode also available in a listening station at CAM, and on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher.

Radio Resistance is co-produced by Michelle Dezember, Director of Learning and Engagement, Wassan Al-Khudhairi, Chief Curator, and Misa Jeffereis, Assistant Curator. Sound design and editing by Sean Pierce.

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