Kira Dominguez Hultgren

Kira Dominguez Hultgren is a California, Utah, and Minnesota based writer and textile artist. She studied French postcolonial theory and literature at Princeton University (B.A. Comparative Literature, 2003), and performance and fine arts in Río Negro, Argentina. From 2010-2012, she toured with an international women’s storytelling troupe, and was a featured teller at the Epuyén Regional Festival in Patagonia. While in Patagonia, she apprenticed with master weaver Mary Coronado, where Dominguez Hultgren studied the process and history of indigenous warp-faced weaving of Mallín Ahogado on a Mapuche vertical post loom.

Today, Dominguez Hultgren combines her interests in postcolonial theory, oral storytelling, and weaving, as she seeks to decolonialize the family stories of racial identity she grew up hearing and repeating.

Artist Statement

Kira Dominguez Hultgren’s weavings are motivated by her ancestral and ongoing negotiations of approximate assimilation, synthetic identities, and the excesses that stride beyond categorizations. Chicanx, Punjabi, Hawaiian, Black, White: tensioned generations on display, warped and striped. Parading indigeneity in handspun weft winding through strands of polyurethane globalization: seducing, choking, colliding, caressing, changing.

Curriculum Vitae

Education

2019

MFA Fine Arts and MA Visual and Critical Studies (anticipated), California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

2012  

Mapuche Textile Arts Apprenticeship, Ruca Mallín, Río Negro Province, Argentina

2003

BA, Comparative Literature, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Teaching/Visiting Artist Lectures

2018 

Artist Lecture, “Material Rhetoric,” Craft Theory I, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

TA, California College of the Arts, Jacquard Weaving: Zeros and Ones, San Francisco, CA

2017 

TA, California College of the Arts, Contemporary Art History and Theory (Graduate Survey), San Francisco, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018  

MFA Exhibition I, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA

This Message Has No Content, Embark Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Caught in the Fray,College Avenue Galleries, Oakland, CA

2017 

The Annual Murphy and Cadogan Awards Exhibition,SOMArts, San Francisco, CA

TEXT TALES: Narrativity in Cloth & Thread,College Avenue Galleries, Oakland, CA

2016    

The Immediate Archive,College Avenue Galleries, Oakland, CA

2015  

Roots of the Maypole (Solo Exhibition), Codornices Park, Berkeley, CA, USA

2013

Iconography of Loss, 24-hour outdoor installation (Solo Exhibition), Victoria, MN, USA

2012

Duendes y Hadas de Fieltro, Antu Werken, Paraje Entre Ríos, RN, Argentina

2011 

La Teoria del Color, Escuela Micael, Paraje Entre Ríos, RN, Argentina

Lado Derecho, Centro Cultural, El Bolsón, RN, Argentina

 

Selected Stage and Radio Storytelling Performances

2012  

Epuyén Regional Festival, Epuyén, RN, Argentina

Salon Harmos, El Bolsón, RN, Argentina

Centro Cultural Eduardo Galeano, El Bolsón, RN, Argentina

2011

Cuentos Con Vos y Con Voz, La Goga Radio, El Bolsón, RN, Argentina

Centro Cultural, Lago Puelo, RN, Argentina

Conference Papers and Panels

2017 

“Hawaii with an L: How Black and White Became Hawaiian in John Ford’s The Hurricane.” Paper presented at the Identities, Difference, and Power Symposium, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Artists/Students of Color Experience in Higher Arts Education panel speaker, Murphy & Cadogan Equity in Arts Education Summit, SOMArts Cultrual Center, San Francisco, CA

Honors and Awards

2018

Dennis Leon and Christin Nelson Scholarship

CCA Curators Award

All College Honors 2018 Graduate Scholarship in Graduate Fine Arts Award

2017  

Edwin Anthony and Adalaine Boudreaux Cadogan Scholarship, San Francisco, CA

Toni A. Lowenthal Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Textiles, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

2016    Toni A. Lowenthal Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Textiles, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA