Immigration Activation: Show Up, Stand Up, Pop Up

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Join us as we kick off our spring programming series with an exciting Pop-up Event! Current artists in residence, local artists, poets, & community organizers will feature their work in an engaging, interactive evening investigating questions about immigration & identity. RSVP HERE


Opening: Friday, February 26, 5:30 – 8:00 PM

Exhibition Hours: 12-5 PM February 27, 9AM-5PM Monday-Friday February 29- March 4






BAMBITCHELL is the artistic collaboration of Sharlene Bamboat and Alexis Mitchell. Their research-based practice uses queer and feminist frameworks to re-imagine borders and mobility, migration and memory. By employing a wide range of media, they examine the complexity of personal, political and affective attachments produced in and through narratives of belonging – particularly in relation to the nation-state. In 2016 they will be participating in residencies at the Santa Fe Art Institute in New Mexico, and Akademie Schloss Solitude in Germany.

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Melanie Gleason is an immigrant justice attorney who is traveling around the United States giving pro bono legal services with her self-founded project, Attorney on the Move. She has been on the road since July 2015 and has worked with migrant farmworkers in California’s Central Valley and rural Oregon, detainees at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington, tribal members on the Blackfeet and Navajo reservations, and is most recently coming from working at Casa Alitas, a short-term shelter for women & children migrants upon crossing the US/Mexico border. Melanie is working with the Santa Fe Dreamers Project while in town and has been a long-time community organizer and educator.

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Born in Mexico City, Harrsch lives and works in New York. She has been defined as a multidisciplinary artist, employing traditional mediums along with new media and technologies to articulate her concepts and interests. The formal aspects of her oeuvre and languages investigate diverse fields to achieve visual, multisensory, and interactive experiences: a comprehensive reflection about the body and identity, sexuality, desire, the space that defines us and the one we wish for, the limits and vertiginous freedom that lead to a continuous corporeal and ideological migration.Her work has been shown in galleries, festivals, and international artistic residencies, as well as the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York City), Museo del Barrio (New York City), Nevada Museum of Art (Reno, Nevada).

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Israel Francisco Haros Lopez was born in East Los Angeles to immigrant parents of mexican descent. He brings his firsthand knowledge of the realities of migration, U.S. border policies, and life as a Mexican American to his work with families and youth as a mentor, educator, art instructor, ally, workshop facilitator and activist. Even with a 1.59 High school G.P.A., Israel managed to go back to the community college and raise his grades to get accepted into U.C. Berkeley and receive a degree in English Literature and Chicano Studies followed by an M.F.A in Creative Writing. At formal and informal visual art spaces, Israel creates and collaborates in many interdisciplinary ways including poetry, performance, music, visual art, and video making and curriculum creation. His work addresses a multitude of historical and spiritual layered realities of border politics, identity politics, and the re-interpretation of histories.

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Gabriela Hernández is a Mexican artist who has had a bright and promising career in her use of artivism to create a critical consciousness on the issues that impact her and her community while creating spaces where immigrant and LGBTQ voices could be highlighted and celebrated. Every piece of art—whether a mural, a photograph, a painting, or an illustration—that Hernández produces has the purpose of sparking a critical consciousness towards a variety of topics that include immigration, identity, and the LGBTQ community. Most recently, she received the prestigious Seabury Fellowship through which Hernández created Jotería: Undocumented, a project that encompasses a series of 6×3 banners that seek to represent the struggles faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and undocumented people, and engage the public to think critically on the political and social issues embedded in her art. Hernández hopes to continue to create social change through her art. She hopes to inspire others who face the same struggles and difficulties to raise their voices against the systems of oppression that have silenced them for many years. She hopes her art will continue to educate, engage, and highlight the strength and resilience of her community.

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Neta Levinson was born in 1990 in Jerusalem, Israel to an Argentinean mother who had fled the latin american dictatorships of the 80’s. Right after Neta was born,  the Gulf War erupted, so her mother took her to the Netherlands for a couple months in the search of some calm for a newborn. Neta’s mother always yearned to go back to latinamerica, but Argentina was not yet a safe place, so instead they moved to Mexico City, where Neta grew up as a happy child. Once high-school was over, she went on a year long backpacking by herself in which she began to embrace her identity as a nomad. She understood that the only way to comprehend herself was through art-making, so she moved to Chicago to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, from which she graduated with both a Bachelor in Fine Arts and a Bachelor in Visual and Critical Studies. While in Chicago, she met a lovely man with who she got married. They both still live in Chicago, and make art that ranges from writing or visual all the way to music.

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Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo pursues an inter-disciplinary art practice involving mixed media drawings, printed work, installation and stop-motion animation video.  He is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, and obtained an MFA from Concordia University in Montréal in 2008.  He is a recipient of numerous awards and grants including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2010) and the Victor Martyn-Stauton Award for Visual Arts in Canada in 2011 among others. He has exhibited extensively across Canada, The United States and Latin America in venues such as The Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, Texas.  Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, CA. The International Print Center in New York, A Space gallery in Toronto, The Southern Alberta Art Gallery (solo), la Havana National Gallery in Cuba and a recent solo exhibition at Grunt Gallery in Vancouver.  Originally from El Salvador, and a former resident of Montréal he is now based in Vancouver, Canada.

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As a multimedia artist, I weave poetry, photography, film, and audio components into my work in order to express creative visions that address social issues. It is vital my role as an artist that I represent and advocate for earth and humanity in an effort to stimulate action. I write poetry to address these troubling issues and to bring a vocal element to my views. I then roll the poem into paper beads, which allows me to transfer the words on paper into energy and action. Each bead becomes a prayer to honor the word and the subject of the poem.  The work aims to affect others to consider the injustices and inhumane treatment that continues not only on the border, but also with the mentality of ignorance and anger directed toward the many migrants attempting to cross so that they can provide for their families. These poems address the realities of trying to cross the border: a trip plagued with dangerous environments and a heavily militarized zone. The work in Far Away aims to be beautiful, intimate and personal, and offers direct and subliminal messaging to trigger an emotional impact from the viewer.

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Gregory Waits received his MArch at the University of New Mexico in 2001, and prior to graduating he worked at Antoine Predock Architect where he expanded his understanding of large scale award winning civic designs. After graduation Waits worked with numerous architectural firms to gain a deeper understanding of the building process and practice, working on civic as well as residential projects until 2014 when he opened his own studio, Waits Studio Works, in the upcoming Siler Road District. Currrent work is interdisciplinary in nature engaging architecture, fashion, art, and the environment. Coming from a background of chess, multi–media performance, and architecture,Gregory Waits choreographs movement systems that are intent on the creation/activation of form.

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Peter Williams is the 2016 Rasmuson Foundation Fellow at the Santa Fe Art Institute. As a  Yup’ik Eskimo shaman, his role is to be a conduit between human, animal and Spirit realms.  Before a hunt, Peter Williams smudges with Labrador Tea, praying for safety and clean kills. He asks the animals for their lives before he shoots, and gives them their last drink of water before he skins. These acts honor the animals so their Spirits will visit again. As a designer, he carries on the ancient art of elegant, simple construction built to endure. The fur is sewn by hand, each stitch binding the human world closer with the animals.

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Phat Le’s work expresses his interest in using math and language to communicate the relationship between different cultures through materials. He is currently a BFA Studio Art major at Santa Fe University of Art and Design. Le’s studio practices include sculpture, drawing, painting, film and installation. His artwork has been exhibited in “Blind Faith,” juried show by Lucy Lippard, “The Young Curator” at Site Santa Fe, “Currents” the Santa Fe international New Media Festival, “Stubborn Matter” at Wade Wilson Gallery, Outdoor Vision Fest at Santa Fe University of art and Design, AHA Festival, Raw Earth exhibition at Red Dot Gallery, and “Range” exhibition at Chile.

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La Familia Medical Center offers the Healthy C.E.N.A. Program, which provides an opportunity for young people and their families to create healthy lifestyle changes.  C.E.N.A. means “dinner” in Spanish, and stands for community, exercise, nutrition and action. We support families in their efforts to make healthy lifestyle changes focusing on diet and exercise.  Four C.E.N.A. patients participated in a photography class and used their newly learned skills to document their experiences in the program. Then, they turned their lenses on the community, and asked themselves: why is it difficult to enact the lessons learned in the C.E.N.A. Program where we live, work and play? The photographers chose to focus on the lack of healthy options in school lunches as a barrier to achieving their health goals.

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Franco Andres makes work located at the intersection of the naturally occurring and the manufactured. Careful attention is paid to material content and socially inscribed relationships firmly situating his oeuvre within the tradition of Installation Art. Andres grew up in Miami, FL and after a stint as a pre-medical student at the University of Miami moved to New York City where he studied at the School of Visual Arts and embarked on a career working with interiors. A move from San Francisco to Santa Fe prompted a shift in sensibility contributing to his current work’s decidedly post-minimalist gestural aesthetic. In addition to being the SFAI Post-Graduate Fellow, he is a SITE Scholar. Andres holds a BFA in Studio Art from Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

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I was born and raised in Mexico city. Since I was a child I have been interested on art, but I didn’t imagine that art would become a big part of my life until a few years ago. When I was 19 years old, I moved away from Mexico to Santa Fe, NM. A few years after my arrival in the United States I got enrolled in Santa Fe University of Art and Design, where I decided I wanted to study graphic design. Most of my artwork is digital. I like to create surreal image manipulation and photography. My work is about who I am as an individual and the way I see the world around me. I’m a fan of fantasy and mystery, so they are always present in my work. My work is a surreal representation of my life, and that surreal representation has become my own little world. A safe world for me. With my art, I want people to see that imagination and creativity are the best weapons you have to fight the everyday life. You can be as strong as you want and as weird as you want, everyday could be different and unique. All you have to do is step away from reality and enter into the room of imagination. I want my art to be an inspiration for people who feel bored of their own life and think about how different life would be if they were the creators of a new world. Their own world.

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