Title

The Program

Defense Date

2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

Sculpture + Extended Media

First Advisor

Gregory Volk

Second Advisor

Guadalupe Maravilla

Third Advisor

Kendall Buster

Fourth Advisor

Veladoras

Abstract

In my work, I explore the engineering of identity and socioeconomics that are programed into Black and Brown communities. I refer to this as “The Program”. The Program validates, breaks, codes, and critiques the system that divided us. The Program is identifying with the struggle of growing up in a system that is programmed to see you fail. So if you get caught up in that system it’s a natural death within the program. But you can break and make your own program. If you stick to the program.

The paper's use of language is coded. Text has been written in English, Spanish, and Spanglish. It includes Black and Brown American colloquialisms, Ebonics from the United States, Caliche slang from El Salvador, Chicano American slang Caló, and other Central American dichos, shibboleths, dichos y movidas.

Rights

© The Author

Is Part Of

VCU University Archives

Is Part Of

VCU Theses and Dissertations

Date of Submission

5-22-2020

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