Asian and/or Latinx within Academia? Marlo de Lara unpacks being Filipina in Media & Fine Arts

Asian and/or Latinx within Academia? Marlo de Lara unpacks being Filipina in Media & Fine Arts

By Nafeesah Allen

 

Marlo de Lara’s photo should appear next to the word “intersectional” in this century’s cultural encyclopedia. The Filipina-American is currently a 2021 Intercultural Leadership Institute Fellow, one of just two dozen people selected for a year-long intensive leadership experience for artists, culture bearers and other arts practitioners.

Born in Baltimore, De Lara received a PhD in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds and an MA in Psychosocial Studies at the Centre of Psychoanalytic Studies at Essex. Her arts practice works within the realms of sound performance, visual distraction, and film. Like most academics of the arts, she wears many professional hats: a Filipina-American Scholar at the Asian Arts and Culture Center at Towson University, a Sound Artist with Ladyz in Noyz, a founder and co-convener of a special interest group at the British Academy of FIlm, Television, and Screen Studies, and more...

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