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From: Bespangled. “A Contract of Moral Commitment to Promote Immigrant Rights," Hyperallergic Labs Blog, published by Going Off Script. August 2011, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, United States.

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A Contract of Moral Commitment to Promote Immigrant Rights

 

Tania  Bruguera,  Tania  Bruguera,  “A  Contract  o f  Moral  Commitment  to  Promote  A  Contract  o f  Moral  Commitment  to  Promote  Immigrant  Rights Immigrant  Rights”  as  a  part  o f  the    as  a  part  o f  the Immigrant  Movement  International Immigrant  Movement  International (2011) Tania  Bruguera Tania  Bruguera’s  Immigrant  Movement  International  project  s  Immigrant  Movement  International  project  encompasses a broad range o f events and practice: workshops and in fo  encompasses a broad range o f events and practice: workshops and in fo  sessions  and  talks  and  discussions.  Essentially,  IM  International  is  a  sessions  and  talks  and  discussions.  Essentially,  IM  International  is  a  social  space  centered  around  working  out  political  issues.  Bruguera  social  space  centered  around  working  out  political  issues.  Bruguera  describes it thusly on its website describes it thusly on its website:

 

Immigrant Movement International (IM International) is a fiveyear project initiated by artist Tania Bruguera. Its mission is year project initiated by artist Tania Bruguera. Its mission is to help define the immigrant as a unique, new global citizen in a help define the immigrant as a unique, new global citizen in a post-national world and to test the concept of arte útil or national world and to test the concept of arte útil or “useful art”, in which artists actively implement the merger of “useful art”, in which artists actively implement the merger of art into society’s urgent social, political and scientific issues. art into society’s urgent social, political and scientific issues. 

 

During 2011, IM International is located in Queens, NY—a borough where 167 languages are spoken and where 46 borough where 167 languages are spoken and where 46 percent of the population is foreign born. From its office on percent of the population is foreign born. From its office on Roosevelt Avenue in Corona (a neighborhood dominated by Roosevelt Avenue in Corona (a neighborhood dominated by Ecuadorian, Dominican, Mexican, Chinese, South Asian, Korean ican, Chinese, South Asian, Korean immigrants), IM International provides space for member and immigrants), IM International provides space for member and outreach activities by local social service and cultural outreach activities by local social service and cultural organizations, engages elected officials, and hosts monthly organizations, engages elected officials, and hosts monthly “Make a Movement” Sundays in which artists, “Make a Movement” Sundays in which artists, activists, and activists, and community members come together to celebrate and build a community members come together to celebrate and build a new, cross new, cross-national immigrant community. national immigrant community. 

 

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As  it  moves  to  di f ferent  locations  around  the  world,  As  it  moves  to  di f ferent  locations  around  the  world,  IM  International  IM  International  will  draw  on  the  lessons  learned  in  the  multinational  and  will  draw  on  the  lessons  learned  in  the  multinational  and  transnational transnational  neighborhood  o f  Corona  and  its  vibrant  and  pioneering    neighborhood  o f  Corona  and  its  vibrant  and  pioneering  organizations run by immigrants  for immigrants. organizations run by immigrants  for immigrants.