Open Access

Making Together

with Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons & Marila Dardot

Sunday, July 15, 2018, 1:30PM - 3PM

VENUE: Great Lawn

RELATED EXHIBITION: Art on the Grounds: New Commissions 2018

Saudade (Our Flags)
Image courtesy Marilá Dardot
This event is presented as part of Montalvo Arts Center’s program series, Open Access—your opportunity to connect with Artists Fellows and Guest Artists at the Lucas Artists Program. This program is designed to offer audiences a behind the scenes view into how artists generate ideas, as well as showcase works in process and fully realized new work. Open Access offerings include conversations, performances, screenings, and culinary events. It also has a virtual presence as an online blog and archive. Find out more at

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Join us for an afternoon of art and community as we celebrate the important contributions and experiences of the South Bay’s varied diaspora and collectively explore the question: what does peace mean to you?

As part of the day, immigrant and refugee communities and their allies will raise over 40 painted flags especially made for the occasion that will carpet an area close to the size of a football field, while additional volunteers will contribute to a new peace garden on Montalvo’s grounds. At 2:30pm, we will hold a flag-raising ceremony.

One of the most significant artists to emerge from post-Revolutionary Cuba, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons creates a garden for Montalvo’s grounds titled Imole Blue II: Field of Memories, with participation from the community. Taking inspiration from a visual element drawn from an aerial photograph of Soviet medium-range ballistic missile installations taken during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, this garden is part peace memorial and part living sketch. As part of her ongoing performance project Conversations/Conversaciones, Campos-Pons invites members of the public to join her in exploring the concept of peace and what does it mean to you?

Working with various Bay Area immigrant and refugee communities and support organizations, award-winning Brazilian artist Marila Dardot in her first project in the United States, has organized a large-scale installation of flags on Montalvo’s grounds titled Saudade (Our Flags). These flags have been made by immigrant and refugee communities during a series of workshops led by Dardot. In Portuguese, saudade refers to melancholic longing or yearning and is a recurring theme in Portuguese and Brazilian literature. Dardot states, “As an immigrant myself, I feel saudade. I miss where I came from. I miss places and people, houses and smells, sounds and moods; all the subtle details that make me who I am. At a time when migrants and immigrants around the world are increasingly being scapegoated and the complexity of their identities and experiences are often overly simplified, Saudade (Our Flags) is an opportunity to celebrate immigrants and the richness of their complex subjectivities, memories, and contributions, making them present and visible in the here and now.”

This event is generously supported by University Arts and presented in association with FACTR Footprints Guild, Sacred Heart Community Service, Santa Clara County Office of Immigrant Relations, and Santa Clara County Library District.

Guests are also welcome to come earlier in the day to help Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons plant her garden (space permitting). 

These works will also be featured at We the People.