Latipa (born Michelle Dizon) is a visual artist, theorist, and Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Riverside. Her work summons sites of memory and resistance in the wake of historical dispossession, migration, and diaspora. Latipa's recent projects include Gaza Before the Law, a film about failure of the US legal system in matters of justice for Palestine, The Archive's Fold, a multi-image slide installation that posits the possibility of ancestral healing by reading the violence of the US colonial archive through past and future ancestors, and White Gaze (with Việt Lê), an artist's book and photographic installation that poses a decolonial counterpoint to National Geographic and its legacy of imperialist visuality. She has founded and developed grassroots initiatives to build and nurture community such as at land's edge (2015-18) an autonomous pedagogical platform based in South and East Los Angeles and the Memory and Resistance Laboratory (2019- present) which is a hub for anticolonial, abolitionist, antiracist, and feminist of color artistic research.
Latipa has lectured and exhibited across the Americas, Europe, and Asia in significant cultural and educational institutions such as the Center for Feminist Studies in Zagreb, Croatia, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, UK, SalaSab, Bogota, Colombia, Caixaforum, Barcelona, Spain, Jeu de Paume, Paris, France, The Cooper Union, NYC, NY, Vargas Museum, Manila, Philippines, Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong, and the Gothenburg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Gothenburg, Sweden. Latipa gave the keynote address for the 2019 Singapore Biennale on the legacy of Filipina revolutionary Salud Algabre. Latipa has received grants from the University of California Humanities Research, the Human Rights Center, Art Matters, the Fulbright Foundation. She has been honored with a 2017-18 Master Artist Fellowship from the City of Los Angeles. Latipa earned an MFA in Art with a specialization in Interdisciplinary Studio from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric with designated emphases in Film and Women, Gender, and Sexuality from the University of California, Berkeley.
Image: Photograph 3, A BLE W AIL, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha Collection, Courtesy of UC Berkeley, Berkeley Art Museum, and Pacific Film Archive