lani asuncion

April 18-May 8, 2022

Open Installation & Live-Performance Dates:

Sundays @ 1-5 PM

Performance 1: April 24

Installation Viewing: May 1 (open exhibit/ artist not present)

Final Performance: May 8

Duty-Free Paradise Series

This new performance installation work by Lani Asuncion comes from the Dole House project associated with the historical home of James Dole, the self coined Pineapple King, who grew up in Jamaica Plain, MA where the production of this work began and is part of the Duty Free Paradise (2020-2022) series. These projects use transmedia storytelling embodied through installation and performances to create a visual dialogue to explore the issues around ecotourism and many associations it has to biopolitics and militarism throughout American history across the Pacific in Hawai'i connected to Boston. It aims to create an anti-colonial perspective on the romanticization and fetishization of ‘paradise’ and critiques colonial and racist systems these ideas were built upon.

You can find Dole House and augmented reality performance currently up in front of the house that is part of the Alpha 60 project throughout Jamaica Plain by Michael Lewy partnering with Boston Cyberarts.

Lani Asuncion (they/she) is a multimedia artist creating socially engaged art in public spaces. Weaving a visual language guided by historical research, community engagement, and experimental performance connected to their identity as a queer multiracial Filipinx, they use new media technologies to encourage conversation. The conversations magnify connections to facilitate healing in the face of cultural violence, oppression, and ancestral intergenerational trauma narratives.

Asuncion has performed live at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Concerts in the Courtyard at the BPL, and Little Berlin in Philadelphia. Running community and public art projects at Brookline Arts Center, Boston Cyberarts, and Asian Arts Initiative. They have attended artist residencies at the Studios at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Vermont Studio Center, Santa Fe Art Institute, I-Park, Elsewhere Living Museum, Caldera Arts Center, and BigCi in Australia. Asuncion an awardee of the Live Arts Boston (2020) grant from the Boston Foundation, in addition to a Public Art for Spatial Justice (2022) grant from New England Foundation for the Arts, and the City of Boston's Transformative Public Art (2020) grant. They are founding member and Director of Digital Soup who are currently core members of the Cultural Equity Incubator (CEI).


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