Kritika Kultura Lecture Series presents Thea Quiray Tagle

Kritika Kultura, the international refereed journal of language, literary, and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University will host a lecture by Thea Quiray Tagle titled “The Art of Salvage: Mapping Blackness and Waste through Michael Arcega’s Nacireman Excavation.” The lecture is on Sept. 8, 2017, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., at CTC 404, Ateneo de Manila University. The lecture is open to the public.

Tagle’s abstract reads: “This lecture excavates the sedimented histories and geographies of anti-black violence in San Francisco, California embedded in Filipino American artist Michael Arcega’s mixed media pieces, made for his 2015 residency at Recology (the city’s privately-owned waste management facility). At Recology’s Artist In Residence program, cultural workers repurpose materials salvaged from the dump, transforming the city’s waste into objects with educational and artistic value. These artworks are exhibited at Recology’s facilities, located in Bayview Hunters Point—the last remaining African American neighborhood within San Francisco’s borders. Tracing the visual lexicon deployed in, and the conditions of production and circulation of, Arcega’s works alongside the development of Bayview’s (un)natural landscapes, I ruminate on the aesthetics of salvage and the mattering of blackness in the US and globally, from World War II through the present.”


About the lecturer

Thea Quiray Tagle is an interdisciplinary scholar, writer, and curator whose research investigates the intersections between visual art and site-specific performance; urban planning and redevelopment schemes; and grassroots responses to political crises across scales. She is faculty in the MA Program in Cultural Studies; Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies; and American & Ethnic Studies at the University of Washington Bothell. Thea holds a PhD in Ethnic Studies from the University of California-San Diego, and has been published in venues including The Journal of Critical Ethnic Studies, Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas, The Center for Art + Thought, Hyperallergic, and ArtPractical. She is currently at work on a monograph titled Salvaging Community: Socially Engaged Art, Urban Renewal, and the Remaking of San Francisco. Website:


About Kritika Kultura

Kritika Kultura is acknowledged by a host of Asian and Asian American Studies libraries and scholarly networks, and indexed in the MLA International Bibliography, Thomson Reuters (ISI), Scopus, EBSCO, and the Directory of Open Access Journals. For inquiries about submission guidelines and future events, visit or email

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *