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Founder & Director

Latipa (she/her/hers)
Latipa (born Michelle Dizon) is a visual artist, theorist, and Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Riverside. She is the founder and director of the Memory and Resistance Laboratory.

Her work summons sites of memory and resistance in the wake of historical dispossession, migration, and diaspora. Latipa’s recent projects include Gaza Before the Law, a film about the failure of the U.S. legal system in matters of justice for Palestine, The Archive’s Folds, a multi-image slide installation that posits the possibility of ancestral healing by reading the violence of the U.S. colonial archive through past and future ancestors, and White Gaze (with Việt Lê), an artist’s book and photographic installation that poses decolonial counter to the National Geographic and its legacy of imperialist visuality. She has founded and developed grassroots initiatives to build and nurture community, such as at land’s end (2015-2018), an autonomous pedagogical platform based in South and East Los Angeles, and the Memory and Resistance Laboratory
(2019-present), a hub for anticolonial, abolitionist, antiracist, and feminists-of-color artistic research.

Latipa has lectured and exhibited across the Americas, Europe, and Asia, in significant cultural and educational institutions such as:
  • The Center for Feminist Studies (Zagreb, Croatia)
  • School of Oriental and African Studies (London, United Kingdom)
  • SalaSab (Bogota, Colombia)
  • Caixaforum (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Jeu de Paume (Paris, France)
  • The Cooper Union (New York City, NY)
  • Vargas Museum (Manila, Philippines)
  • Para/Site Art Space (Hong Kong)
  • The Gothenburg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (Gothenburg, Sweden)

Latipa also gave the keynote address for the 2019 Singapore Biennale on the legacy of Filipina revolutionary, Salud Algabre. Latipa has received grants from the University of California Humanities Research, the Human Rights Center, Art Matters, and the Fullbright Foundation. She has been honored with a 2017-2018 Master Artist Fellowship by the City of Los Angeles.

Latipa earned an MFA in Art with a specialization in Interdisciplinary Studio from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric with designated emphases in Film and Women, Gender, and Sexuality from the University of California, Berkeley.


Student Researchers

Ren David (they/them/he/his)
Major: Media and Cultural Studies, Marketing
University: University of California, Riverside
Year: Fourth-year undergraduate
Reason for Joining Lab:
I joined the lab because I thought it would be a great learning opportunity, as well as provide me experience in the research field.  I was greatly interested in Latipa’s work and held them in high regard, for her ability to seamlessly combine  both the academia and creative expression in their practice while being a great mentor. Through the lab, I’ve been able to learn more about the archiving process, as well as see how important it is to preserve these histories, such as the preservation of Michael Zinzun’s Message to the Grassroots series for the Southern California Library. 

Zaynah Waseem (she/her/hers)
Major: Global Studies, Media & Cultural Studies
University: University of California, Riverside
Year: Fourth-year undergraduate
Reason for Joining Lab:
I joined the Memory and Resistance Laboratory to become more involved in community-based work. After exploring my passions for media production for social movements in the Memory and Resistance course offered in the 2019-2020 academic year, I gained a new-found appreciation for preserving and archiving the histories we live through and the stories we live to tell. Joining the MEM-RES Lab has given me a deeper understanding of how we can produce work that serves our communities for generations to come.

Farrah Muhyieddeen (she/her/hers)
Major: Media and Cultural Studies, Political Science
University: University of California, Riverside
Year: Fourth-year undergraduate
Reason for Joining Lab:
Joining MEM-RES sparked a passion for creation in me. I recently took Latipa’s class “Daughters of Diaspora.” This gave me a voice and a platform to share—the often ignored culture of my people. This experience made a lasting impression on me and has influenced the type of stories I wish to be a part of. Latipa has also been an incredible mentor to me. She has been a valuable source of encouragement and advice. I feel lucky to have her as my mentor. I feel inspired by the stories introduced to me and the wisdom they hold. I want to be a part of that and one day tell stories of my own through both written and visual forms of artistic expression. 

Xochil Ramirez (they/them/theirs)
Major: Education
University: University of California, Riverside
Year: Third-year undergraduate
Reason for Joining Lab:
I'm grateful to be a part of MEM-RES lab, a space that helps me find the tangible ways to embody abolition +, and transformative justice to build a world that honors our holistic wellness as survivors of state sanctioned violence. Building on the practice of tending to the land, community farming, and composting has helped me understand the interconnectedness of our liberation to the land's liberation. The Memory and Resistance collective has offered me a space for creative freedom where I am able to tap into the intergenerational forms of memory and healing that exists within me, and within us. I hold the intentions of sustainability, harmony, love, transformation and transparency at the core of these projects.

Brian Jimenez (he/him/his)
Major: Latin American Studies
University: University of California, Los Angeles
Year: Fourth-year undergraduate
Reason for Joining Lab:
After taking Prof. Latipa's class on alternate media movements in late 2018 while still a student at UCR, I kept the interest of intertwining film, image, and the concept of social justice into my area of study. Being a Latin American Studies major allows me to thoroughly study those fields in the context of the Latin American continent and even the diaspora that has its own history here in Southern California. I am very glad to be a part of this team and be able to contribute in a meaningful way.

AnQi Yu (any pronouns)

Major: Film & Media Studies, Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity
University: Stanford University
Year: Fourth-year undergraduate
Reason for Joining Lab:
I joined MEM-RES after getting connected with Latipa during her time as a fellow at the Stanford Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity! The first project I worked on with MEM-RES was the 2021 Around Abolition Film Festival. Since joining, I’ve been so inspired by the warmth and political vision of the MEM-RES community, and I look forward to working on more projects with MEM-RES at the intersection of art, healing, and justice.