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Event: OCC.0222

TAYO: Video + Conversation with Grace Villamil

November 11, 2020

TAYO, the inclusive “We” or “Us” in Tagalog, the language of the Philippines, (Grace’s background and where her parents emigrated from in the late 1960s) is a light+sound activation and ongoing community sculpture at Pauline Oliveros’ Deep Listening Plaza in Kingston NY.

TAYO was created by artist Grace Villamil in collaboration with IONE (Pauline Oliveros’ life partner) and Lisa Kelley (founder of the Deep Listening Community) to bring awareness to the separation of children and families and give support to immigrant communities in Kingston and around the world.

Most especially, this project directly addresses the immigration issue in the United States focusing on the children, women, and families who have been separated by ICE. The TAYO sculpture is an on-going community effort where anyone can add a stuffed animal in solidarity with the children. The stuffed animal is a symbol of the unconditional love children are constantly giving to the world. TAYO is a physical manifestation of the strength & love a community can bring in our most trying and difficult time. In this conversation, Grace Villamil shared her hopes for the future and insights into TAYO, as well as her installation search for function, commissioned for the 2018 exhibition Between Form and Content: Perspectives on Jacob Lawrence and Black Mountain College.