La Pocha Nostra is in the house!
Two of the founding members of La Pocha Nostra, Giullermo Gómez-Peña & Roberto Sifuentes, will spend 10 days (1/5-1/15) at the SFAI to collaborate on a book they are co-writing. The book is titled Radical Performance Pedagogy: Exercises for rebel artists and border crossers (Routledge, 2010) and is about the performance pedagogy that has grown for the nomadic Pocha Nostra workshops.
Guillermo Gómez-Peña Reading
Thursday, January 14
$5 general public | $2.5 students/seniors/sfai members
Guillermo Gómez-Peña & Roberto Sifuentes
Guillermo Gómez-Peña is a performance artist/writer and the director of the art collective La Pocha Nostra. He was born in Mexico City and came to the US in 1978. Since then he has been exploring cross-cultural issues through performance, multilingual poetry, journalism, video, radio, and installation art. His performance work and 8 books have contributed to the debates on cultural diversity, identity, and US-Mexico relations. His artwork has been presented at over seven hundred venues across the US, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Russia and Australia. A MacArthur Fellow and American Book Award winner, he is a regular contributor to National Public Radio, a writer for newspapers and magazines in the US, Mexico, and Europe and a contributing editor to The Drama Review (NYU-MIT).
Roberto Sifuentes is an interdisciplinary performance artist and founding member of the performance collective La Pocha Nostra. His work fuses highly charged cultural issues with a wild pop culture aesthetic, combining live performance with interactive technologies and video as a presentation medium. Sifuentes has exhibited work at several hundred venues throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, and Latin America. As a performance pedagogue, Sifuentes has been Artistic Director of The Trinity College/La MaMa Performing Arts Program NYC at LaMaMa ETC, and recently the 2008 Elena Diaz-Verson Amos Eminent Scholar in Latin American Studies at Columbus State University, Georgia. He is currently Assistant Professor of Performance at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.