AMID TEARS is how we speak through varying voices in a world riddled with conflict, dispersion, and trauma in the persistent aftermath of a forced transition into the virtual and our evermore complex relationship with the physical. Tears, traveling between lingering remembrances and coalescing uncertainties in a contested reality, epitomize a human reaction to a landscape dominated by technology and algorithm. Tears are our collective language in which we take shelter.
Through our commonality amidst our different tears, the 2023 UCLA DMA MFA cohort presents an exhibition that deals with memories and nostalgia from an artificial past; diaspora, bureaucracy, and decolonial poetics mapped to the worldmaking present; femininity, queerness, bodily difference, ensuing labor, and visionary architecture of a shape-shifting future. With this show, we share a multitude of artworks that host many divergent ideas and approaches in our convergent field of contemporary MEDIA ARTS.