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Pinay liminality

OUR KWENTOS OF LIMINALITY TOLD IN OUR OWN VOICES

 

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Pinay Liminality is an audio archive and oral history project that centers the stories of Pinays/Pinxys in the Bay Area. We record Pinay/Pinxys telling story to affirm the experience of liminality (the feeling of being suspended in-between multiple worlds, cultures, and identities). By telling our kwentos in our own voices, we document in memory the ways in which we, pinays/pinxys, ascribe meaning to our lives.

This online archive encourages folks to engage in conversation, dare to ask questions, and listen deeply to the nuanced experiences of Pinays/Pinxys in the Bay. Through this archival collection of kwentuhan, we queer Pinxyism by not only centering our Filipino/x but also embracing liminality so we can imagine worlds and futures beyond it.

*We honor and celebrate the stories of all our community. The use of the 'X' in Pinxy or Filipinx is to represent those who identify within, across, and beyond the gender spectrum.
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OUR ARCHIVE

 
 
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audio RECORDINGS

Pinay Liminality records Pinay/Pinxy- identifying folx telling their kwenaos of liminality told in our voices. By engaging in the act of kwentuhan and listening deeply, we learn about ourselves through community by honoring the complexities of our experiences as we reflect on our understandings of home, hiya, utang na loob, self, and belonging.

In 2016-2018, Pinay Liminality collaborated with the former StoryCorps in the SF Bay Area to record 40-minute conversations. Since, Pinay Liminality has collected 17 recordings, 12 of which have been archived in the Library of Congress.


workshops

Inspired by the poetics of Barbara Jane Reyes, Pinay Liminality hosts workshops that involve exploring the meaning of liminality, listening deeply, and collecting Filipinx narratives. Participants are invited to reflect on the following questions: What does beingPinay/Pinxy mean to you? How do you know what you know about being Pinay/Pinxy?How does being Pinay/Pinxy intersect with your other identities, roles, and relationships?

In 2018-2019, Pinay Liminality has hosted workshops at the Asian Art Museum, UC Davis, UC Berkeley, and McGill University.

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Photo by Anth Bongco

Photo by Anth Bongco

ARTS AND ZINES

By creating art in liminality, we make shet reflecting the questions we ask about intergenerationality, transmission of culture, and our relationship to the worlds we inherit, adapt, and create.

-“Writing Love Letters to Heaven”, installation in collaboration with “The 1st Dambana” by artist Sami See at NEW MESTIZX.

-PINAY LIMINALITY AND ANCESTRY // INTERGENERATIONALITY, a zine.

PREVIEWS

Bettina.

 san jose, ca.

"I am filipina skin, honey-dipped eyes, immigrant bones, and ancestor flesh. I am preservation, adaptation, and everything that comes next."

#ANCESTRY

mONIKA.

SAN JOSE,CA

"I wish [my parents] would be more comfortable with me being Filipino and not so focused on being American, so American that it hurts."

#LANGUAGE

czarina

SAN FRANCISCO, cA

"It's trying to unlearn all these things that my mom hasn't unlearned, what american standards are of beauty."

#BEAUTY #SELF-LOVE

 
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pinay liminality

about

PINAY LIMINALITY IS A LOVE LETTER TO THE BAY AREA—- TO PAY TRIBUTE TO OUR RICH LINEAGES OF POETS, ARTIVISTS,STORYTELLERS, FAMILIES, MANANGS AND MANONGS. AS WE HONOR AND BREAK TRADITION, WE REFLECT ALONGSIDE OUR YOUTH, ELDERS, AND EVERYONE IN-BETWEEN TO CREATE FOR OURSELVES A WORLD THAT HOLDS US IN OUR FULLNESS.

PINAY LIMINALITY credits its inception to Barbara Jane Reyes, who taught a Filipina Literature course and provided the language for liminality. Pinay Liminality started with pinays in BJR’s class who came together for kuwentuhan and to create Pinayist spaces.

Holllllla: Clarisse B., Monika M., Bettina F., Czarina L., and Hope D.

PINAY LIMINALITY has all the love for the former StoryCorps SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA Chapter who taught us the value of deep relationship, oral hxstory, and real ass community building.

PINAY LIMINALITY is organized by Christine Abiba, a queer nb pinaaay born and raised in the bay, whose commitment to understanding their self is almost as fervent for their love for dancing.