Santa Fe Art Institute is proud to present La Pocha Nostra as our first Equal Justice Residents! Join La Pocha for a Jam Session Open to the Public at SFAI on August 31 from 7-9PM.
JAM SESSION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC | AUGUST 31 7-9PM | SANTA FE ART INSTITUTE | FREE ADMISSION RSVP REQUIRED
Join us for a free Jam Session featuring artists from a five-day intensive workshop lead by Guillermo Gomez-Peña and members of the legendary troupe La Pocha Nostra (Balitronica Gomez and Saul Garcia-Lopez). This performative happening will have a focus on the human body as a site for creation, reinvention, memory and activism.
This powerful final event will involve experimental performance artists, actors, dancers, theorists, activists and students. La Pocha Will will inevitably invite audience members to help with actions, but the event will focus on the members of the workshop and Pocha Nostra members, Saul Garcia Lopez, Balitronica Gomez, and Guillermo Gomez-Pena. Please feel free to come in an enhanced persona in La Pocha asks for volunteers! RSVP to attend the Jam Session below.
La Pocha Nostra is an ever growing cross-disciplinary arts organization and non-profit based in San Francisco, California with branches in Central and South America, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific. La Pocha Nostra was founded in 1993 by Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Roberto Sifuentes, Michèle Ceballos Michot and Nola Mariano in Los Angeles. The goal was to formalize conceptually Gómez-Peña’s collaborations with other performance artists.
Current core members of La Pocha include Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Michèle Ceballos Michot, Saul Garcia Lopez, Balitronica Gómez, Emma Tramposch, and Nayla Altamirano. Our projects range from performance solos and duets to large scale multi-sensory performance installations involving photo, video, sound and projection. If there is a common denominator, it is our desire to cross and erase dangerous borders including those between art and politics, art practice and theory, artist and spectator – ultimately to dissolve borders and myths of purity whether they be specific to culture, ethnicity, gender or language.
From September 2017 through August 2018, SFAI programming will explore Equal Justice and the following questions within the context of of the residency:
- How can art be used to engage systems of power and foster social and racial equity?
- How can community action creatively address accountability and responsibility for equal justice within legal, financial, and social systems?
- How can creative practices bear witness and give testimony to those who suffer injustice, and in the process help to transform systems of structural oppression?
Residency awardees were evaluated on the following criteria: engagement with the Equal Justice theme, the creative excellence of the application, the applicant’s personal and professional merit, the applicant’s potential for professional development through access to a sponsored residency, their capacity to grow through risk-taking new work, and the potential for their proposed project to effect tangible positive social change in marginalized and oppressed communities.