October 9th, 2017
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he Los Angeles metropolitan area is home to more than 4 million Spanish speakers, almost 40% of the population, and the US is on track to be the largest Spanish speaking country in the world by 2050. Despite these statistics, bilingualism has historically been a contentious issue, especially in California, where English-only education in public schools was the law for almost 20 years. That all changed last November when proposition 58 brought back bilingual and multilingual education. That shift is being felt in the LA art world, where both new museums and established institutions are making strides to better reflect the city’s demographics.
On a street in Mexico City's Colonia Juarez, in an area bounded by muffler shops on one end and a craft beer garden/gourmet food court on the other, there exists a tiny altar. Inside is the figure of a woman, about 12 inches tall, her hands clasped in supplication. Blessed mother, saint, and daughterSave me from eviction, from rising rents and property taxSave me from greedy landlords and corrupt developersSave me from gentrificationSo goes the prayer of Santa Mari La Juaricua, the saint that protects residents of the Mexican capital from a problem that knows no borders and has no apparent solution: gentrification.
A group of Latina artists are using visual arts--from mural painting, graffiti, and zines--to fuel social change in Chicago's communities. The Mujeres Mutantes Art Collective-- or Mutant Women-- are partnering with art professor Nicole Marroquin from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and UIS gender studies professor Hinda Seif, to address the underrepresentation of Latinas in the arts.
Odalys Nanin’s English language play, Frida: Stroke of Passion is a bold and provocative piece of theatre that brings to life in a most accessible and insightful way, the enigmatic Mexican art and feminist icon Frida Kahlo (1907-1954). ”
Folks are beginning to rebuild their lives after Hurricane Maria, and for Puerto Rico's plena musicians, it means rebuilding a sense of culture and community.
Beginning this Thursday, venues across downtown Los Angeles will be hosting 10 days of contemporary performance events, talks, and workshops as part of the fifth annual Los Angeles Exchange (LAX) Festival. Originally featuring primarily Los Angeles-based artists, this year’s program starts a tradition of artistic exchanges with other cities, beginning with Mexico City.
Like so many Puerto Ricans all over the world, Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez couldn’t escape the emotional heartbreak of Hurricane Maria’s devastating aftermath. Miranda-Rodriguez’s comic book creation — an Afro-Latina, environmentally powered superhero, La Borinqueña — is a superpowered love letter that basks in the spiritually connective pride that all Puerto Ricans feel toward La Isla del Encanto. He created the heroine, who shares a name with the Puerto Rican national anthem, not just to continue the growing diversity that has reached superhero comics, but to serve as a reminder that Puerto Rico can weather its storms, be they financial or natural disasters.
Barbara Carrasco has waited 27 years for this moment. The artist stands in Union Station’s cavernous former ticket concourse and gazes up at her massive mural, “L. A. History: A Mexican Perspective,” as it’s being installed, her hazel eyes wet with emotion. “This is amazing. My baby’s going up,” she says, one hand over her heart. Carrasco painted the mural’s 43 panels — a chronological history of Los Angeles, from prehistoric times to the founding of the city in 1781 to the year she created the piece, 1981 — for Los Angeles’ bicentennial. She was a drafting artist for the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency, which commissioned the work. It was intended to hang on the exterior of a McDonald’s on Broadway in downtown L. A.
In 2006, the city of El Paso financed the construction of a 36-foot statue of the infamous Spanish conquistador Don Juan de Oñate riding his horse into battle. For some reason, this bustling city on the US-Mexico border with an 80 percent Mexican American demographic was intent on erecting a conquistador statue, a monument to a European who attempted to conquer, Christianize, and loot the Americas.
Two Chicago museums examined an ancient artifact from Mexico on a joint mission to find a secret message. Curators at the National Museum of Mexican Art called on their colleagues at the Field Museum to help them with an exciting project: taking an X-ray of a cristo, or figure of the crucified Christ. It's believed to date back to the 1600s and was made in Michoacan, Mexico. But this closer look could reveal something else.
“What’s with the white boys playing afro-pop?” Elena asks Molly in one of the first few scenes of las mariposas Y los muertos. Elena (Sophie Franco), Molly (Grace Carmack), and Celestina (Jordi Montes) are at FYF, a music festival in downtown Los Angeles. Elena calls out Vampire Weekend as a “hyped-up band with no real substance” as they play the song “Horchata” on stage. Frustrated, the three characters decide to take matters into their own hands and start their own band. From the start, playwright Benjamin Benne’s newest, directed by Pilar O’Connell, is quick-witted and relevant to today, commenting on representation and power in art. Set in the hipster-filled and rapidly gentrifying Echo Park, LMYLM follows the rise and fall of LA’s hottest new band.
ecent standouts like Guatemala’s Ixcanul or Costa Rica’s Princesas Rojas have introduced international audiences to Central American cinema by representing their countries at festivals around the world and at the Academy Awards. Slowly, other countries in the region have realized the importance of having a presence abroad and this year Catrachos are finally getting in on the Oscar game.
Lourdes Lopez was already a serious dance student at the prestigious School of American Ballet before she realized she could pursue a career in the art form she loved. It was while preparing a school report on what she wanted to be when she grew up that she found an article on famed New York City Ballet dancer Jacques d’Amboise.
Fifty years after the death of Argentine guerrilla Ernesto Che Guevara, Cuban writer Jacobo Machover spoke about his book “The Hidden Face of Che” and whether the image of an assassin has been unjustly glorified. “(Che) has been magnified all over the world,” Machover said. “He’s considered a revolutionary hero, a romantic, a humanist, when in fact, in my country, in Cuba, he has been one of the people most responsible for the executions that took place in 1959 and even before when he was in the Sierra Maestra fighting alongside Fidel Castro. ”“I think it’s a shame to keep showing posters and shirts with the face of someone who is a real killer, and the worst part is he killed for no reason, people who did not even receive trials,” Machover explained.
The Austin City Limits Music Festival will feature artists from around the world this weekend and next, but there is a dearth of Latino and Latina fronted music acts. That grabbed the attention of ¡Ahora Si! editor Liliana Valenzuela, who says her Spanish language news publication has no reason to cover the festival this year.
Julian Ardila and illustrator from Mexico shared a beautiful illustration work he's done for a Google Doodle. The Doodle celebrates "Dr. Atl," born Gerardo Murillo in Guadalajara in 1875. In a time of revolution and renaissance, Murillo greatly influenced Mexico’s political and cultural identity. He was an activist, artist, writer, journalist, and overall cultural leader. Murillo pioneered the idea of artistic nationalism. The illustration is full of style, it has this watercolor look but with a lot of depth. Julian was also really nice to share with us a bit of the process, check it out.
A profession that dates back to Aztec times, most today are indigenous farmers on the grey divide between migration and seasonal work in the city.
We explore the recipes of artist Frida Kahlo, whose work celebrated Mexico's history, vivid colors, and it's FOOD. On the menu: 1) Chiles Stuffed with Cheese aka Chiles Rellenos 2) White Rice with Plantains 3) Nopales Salad 4) Tequila.
It's pretty much a given that you'll need to paint a house before moving in . . . unless your house was previously owned by a local artist and therefore the colors are already perfection. This was the (extremely serendipitous) case for Brittney Borjeson when she moved into her three-bedroom residence a few blocks from the heart of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The expat (she formerly called the Northeast U. S. home) happened to meet mixed-media artist Patricia Larsen just as she was getting ready to sell her historic (read: approximately 400-year-old) estate, once inhabited by Father Antonio Bustamante Montes, a healer and priest beloved in Mexico. "I was the lucky person to get the property next," says Borjeson, and she left much of the home's color palette and structure as is. "I fell in love with her soft, earthy tones as a contrast to the bright yellows and reds of San Miguel. "
Chavela Vargas had the kind of voice ready-made for songs about heartbreak. The Costa Rican-born Mexican singer could suggest an aching melancholy with the emotionality she brought to ranchera songs. Many who may only know of her songs from hearing them on their parents’ record collection or for their inclusion in Pedro Almodóvar films are getting a chance to know more about this musical icon courtesy of a new documentary on her life. Aptly titled Chavela, the music doc sheds light not just on the personal demons (including her alcoholism) that haunted her life or on the radical politics she came to represent (she was, after all, too keen on wearing pants and defying gender roles) but on the singer’s artistic legacy.
e’ve all heard the narrative of a woman standing in front of her closet exclaiming “I have nothing to wear!” while looking at hangers full of clothing. At a time when the president has sparked hate crimes against Latinx people (among other groups of color), the question so many people of color have to ask themselves is, “What do I wear to feel safe?” When violence against people of color is so widespread, it can seem safer to blend into the crowd rather than stand out by wearing a hijab or a “Brown ‘N Proud” shirt.
The Latinx Theatre Commons (LTC), an active initiative of HowlRound Theatre Commons, based at Emerson College, celebrates the completion of a successful first year of the El Fuego initiative during the 2016-17 season and has announced its continuation for two more seasons through 2018-2019.
A new exhibition in Boyle Heights, Calif. revisits the illegal deportation of millions of Mexicans and Mexican Americans during the Great Depression through rare archival footage and personal stories. “Aqui Estamos Y No Nos Vamos (We Are Here and We Won’t Leave): Fighting Mexican Removal Since the 1930s” focuses on the community in Boyle Heights that fought against the unconstitutional deportations.
Influenced by foreign language and cheeky wordplay, Buenos Aires’ lunfardo slang is representative of the city’s diverse population and playful demeanour.
Bakersfield Community Theatre kicks off its 90th season with "Luchadora," a family-friendly tale similar to "Mulan" with a Latina twist. Nana Lupita (Clary Ortega-Welch) seems like your average Wisconsin grandmother — until the discovery of a worn pink wrestling mask sparks tales of her exciting childhood growing up in Texas in the 1960s. Gabriela Pensamiento plays the teen Lupita, a tomboy whose days consist of palling around with friends Leo and Liesl (William Cecil and Darwin Wilkenson), working at her father's flower stand and watching lucha libre, Mexican professional wrestling.
Political cartoonist Hugo Díaz died in 1991, but he left a legacy of 7,000 drawings to help keep his memory alive, now in a collection at the University of Costa Rica. Díaz’s work is known for his details, crowd scenes and his sharp wit. He touched on themes of inequality, corruption, political life and tiquicia in general – and he was very funny.
Poets, novelists and historians of color dominate the National Book Awards shortlist, holding more than half the finalist spots across four categories.
On Tuesday, August 27, Judge A. Wallace Tashima ruled the shutting down of the Mexican-American studies program in Tucson public schools unconstitutional. In 2012, two former Arizona superintendents, Tom Horne and John Huppenthal, claimed that such a program would promote hatred towards other races in public schools—as a result, the use of reading materials from multiple Latinx writers was banned. After five years, Judge Tashima confirmed that Tucson’s actions were in violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments. Since the ruling, it is still unknown exactly when the program will make its return to middle and high school classrooms. This is just one example of the many issues revolving around the banning of books nationwide.
Cultural movements are hard to put into words. They involve pictures, sounds and complex ideas, but a good way to try and define them is to talk about them. That is exactly what New Latin Wave is about. It’s a conversation where all the elements are included: art, music, cinema, gastronomy, literature and technology. Last year’s edition commemorated Hispanic Heritage Month with an inaugural sold out show by Xenia Rubinos and Ela Minus, putting the Latin community on show and depicting it in a form that is not only an exotic element in New York city’s cosmopolitan landscape, but is also a strong force with influences in diverse fields of study.
At this moment, somewhere in the world, a person is wearing a pair of sandals, sneakers or boots from “Ndavaa”, the collective of indigenous artisans of Oaxaca that turns the textile wealth of the state into the perfect company. From San Dionisio Ocotepec, a town located in the central part of the state, shoes that have astonished countries such as the United States, Spain, Israel, and Germany arise due to their originality and craftsmanship that uses traditional Oaxacan textiles.
Graphic novels with Latino, Latina, or Latinx main characters, based on a post from my book blog, Dora Reads. The list on the blog is slightly longer. Inclusion does not equal endorsement.
Last Rites Gallery is showing Boris Vallejo's new solo show Spiritus Vitae. Boris Vallejo is widely considered by many to be America’s premier fantasy artist. His 60 years of experience as an illustrator and his reputation in the field of fantasy and science fiction illustration speaks for itself and his illustrations of Tarzan, Conan the Barbarian, Doc Savage and many other fantasy characters are known and loved around the world. In addition, Vallejo has also done movie poster illustration, advertisement and artwork for collectibles, trading cards, and sculpture.
A new gallery is joining the fast-changing gallery scene on New York’s Lower East Side. Opening November 16, Proxyco, at 168 Suffolk Street (between Houston and Stanton), will focus on emerging and mid-career artists from Latin America, especially from Mexico and Colombia—with an inaugural show titled “Talon Rouge: Six Mexican Artists Revisit José Juan Tablada and His New York Circle. ” The space, which is supported by the architect Enrique Norten, will be run by art adviser Alexandra Morris and Laura Saenz, who was formerly director of Leon Tovar Gallery.
and DEAR MEXICAN: With all these NFL players kneeling for the national anthem, how do the Mexicans feel about this? Do they still resent the United States for robando their territory or appreciate the U. S. and its oportunidades?
The evening opened with a welcome by Francisco Juarez, a Vietnam veteran and Post 2 board member, who helped organize the event. Juarez said he is trying to connect, in a creative way, military veterans with the community, an effort to unify everyone, culturally. As a veteran, Juarez told the audience, “When military veterans and barrio warriors get together, something special happens. ” With that, Juarez introduced actor/activist Danny Trejo, who attended the event to support his friend O. T. Quintero. Trejo picked-up on Juarez’ theme regarding the association of military veterans and barrio warriors. Trejo said, “I watched most of the Vietnam War from my cell in San Quintin, and I couldn’t understand why they’d send those beautiful kids to fight [a war] when they had an abundance of convicts in the penitentiary. ”
We Are features seven women of color, including black and Latinx, in exceedingly human, nuanced look-ins into their various stages of existence and emotional development, with Austin as the backdrop. There are crises of artistic confidence, true-to-life bouts with self-doubt, and vulnerability within an assortment of relationships.
There are two exhibitions in Latin America worth highlighting for the quality of their complaints against socialism. The first is the exhibition “Venezuelans in the World” in Art SDQ, a gallery in the city of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. While Art SDQ, in my opinion, is one of the best-managed galleries in the country, with a team that does not take the importance of creative capacity or young talent for granted, the opening of the exhibition was especially touching given the message of liberty and compassion for Venezuela.
In celebration of Latinx culture, Nike partnered with Hispanic street artists to create a collection of four awesome designs on some their most classic sneakers.
“I think San Antonio definitely has a thriving zine scene,” said Isabel Ann Castro, festival organizer and co-founder of St. Sucia, a quarterly Latina feminist zine published in San Antonio. “We like to tell people that self-publication is important. ”Zines cover myriad topics, including offbeat comics and art as well as deeply personal poetry and other narratives. And after years as a forum for the likes of punk rockers and riot grrrl feminists, the print zine is still making noise through that old medium, much like the renaissance of vinyl records. “It just seems like in the last year, it has been blossoming,” said Victoria DeLeon, who co-founded the quarterly pop culture zine Warship out of San Antonio with designer Carlos Aguilar.
Since Hurricane María passed a few weeks ago, Puerto Rico has had virtually no way of communicating. Misinformation is rampant and the radio seems to be the only medium you can count on. Still, there’s hope for the people of this island. A beloved comic strip which is followed by most islanders continues to publish its biting satire laced strip, bringing a bit of humor and truth to an already tense situation. The strip is called PEPITO, and features a rambunctious 6-year-old. PEPITO touches on sensitive social issues with humor to create awareness.
The finalists for the National Book Awards were just announced, and it is a thrill to see the names of two Latinx authors: Chicana writer Erika L. Sánchez’s I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, a finalist in the Young People’s Literature category, and Cuban American writer Carmen María Machado’s Her Body and Other Parties, in the Fiction category. And congratulations to Peruvian American writer Daniel Alarcón’s The King is Always Above the People, who was in the longlist for fiction.
Artist Guadalupe Rosales started her popular Instagram account Veteranas and Rucas in 2015, out of a desire to reconnect with her Los Angeles roots and the west coast latinx community after many years spent living in New York. She began sharing personal photos of her friends in the rave scene that flourished on Los Angeles' east side in the '90s, mixed in with party flyers, scans from her Street Beat magazine collection, and an entire trove of other anecdotal snapshots, glamour shots, prom photos, boys flashing gang signs and pictures of friends hanging out in teenage bedrooms. A call for submissions resulted in an inundation of incredible crowdsourced images pulled from photo albums and shoeboxes across Southern California, that tease out the specific experiences of thousands of chicanx teens in their respective subcultures and scenes from the '70s-'90s, collaging together to paint a rich portrait of diversity and self-determined identity. Rosales moved back to Los Angeles in 2016, and her archive was officially recognized earlier this year when Rosales was named the first ever Instagram Artist in Residence by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
Ken Gonzales-Day, a multidisciplinary artist based out of Los Angeles, has created a city-spanning retrospective of L. A. 's quintessential murals and street art. In conjunction with Pacific Standard Time's LA/LA and the Skirball Cultural Center, the artist is presenting Surface Tension by Ken Gonzales-Day: Murals, Signs, and Mark-Making in LA, on display at the Skirball from October 6 to February 25. The exhibit will feature 140 new photographs of mural practices across L. A. , displaying the city's rich history of public art and the how the intersections of race and class manifest in the "visual landscape of Los Angeles’s streets.
In a photographic self-portrait from 1993, Laura Aguilar stands in front of an unidentified gallery, holding a cardboard sign that reads: "Artist — Will Work For Axcess. " Aguilar had been making photographs for more than a decade by then, and she has mapped the rough terrain of her inner world and cataloged the faces of under-acknowledged communities. Pictures filling two floors of the Vincent Price Art Museum attest to her persistence, to the unvarnished honesty of her inquiry — and to the institutional access she has earned.
Around midnight on a recent Saturday, behind a windowless facade on Amsterdam Avenue in Washington Heights, Radhamés López led his partner, Carmen Faña, onto the dance floor. Dozens of couples danced beside a large painting of a flowering flamboyant tree, and as a five-man band — with a guitar, bass, drum, accordion, and a grooved wooden instrument called a güiro — struck up a merengue, he took her hands. Like the night, they were no longer young; he was 62 and wore orthopedic shoes. But they could dance.
the essay below is comunal’s response to the natural disaster, and considers the ways in which communities can rebuild their homes and neighborhoods.
Alejandro Zambra, one of Chile’s most celebrated authors, has come to the Valley for a weeklong literary residency.
Spreading the beauty of butterflies and protecting them through education is the mission to which the Austrian Gudrun Sperrer has dedicated almost 20 years from her Pilpintuwasi Center – “Home of the Butterflies” – a place deep in the Amazon jungle that truly lives up to its name. Pilpintuwasi is located in the settlement of Padre Cocha near the city of Iquitos and the confluence of the Nanay and Amazon Rivers, a place dedicated heart and soul to protecting the environment and breeding and studying lepidoptera, many of whose species are endangered, chiefly due to “the ignorance” of humans.
The festival features 12 Latin American films. All the films are in Spanish or Portuguese, and will be showing at local venues. General admission is $8. 50 and student/senior tickets are $6. 00. The festival started on Sept. 19 and will end on Oct. 15.
Louisville’s film fanatics or those who just want to learn more about Latin America can attend the month long “Reel” Latin American Film Festival coming to the University of Louisville this month. The festival is in its 24th year.
A lifelong Angeleno, Christina Fernandez has, for decades, engaged the transformations of her city’s living conditions with a steadily perspicacious eye. Fernandez’s imagery has put her own experiential narratives into conversation with those of her ancestors, historical figures, and many members of Los Angeles’s Latinx communities, and often gestures to photography’s capacity for evidentiary “truth-telling. ” Part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, Christina Fernandez: Prospect, currently on view at Gallery Luisotti, presents two new bodies of work that extend these themes geographically, into multiple desert regions around Southern California, and personally, into the artist’s life as a community college art professor.
Over the course of three days the Festival Internacional de Poesia Latinoamericano (FEIPOL) will commence at the McAllen Public Library main branch to promote poetry and other Latin American artistic CULTURES. Organized by the Latin American Foundation for the Arts the event will also feature a published anthology featuring poets from Latin America and the United States. Honor poets will represent El Salvador, Mexico, the United States and the Mayan nation. The poetry from the Maya nation will be recited in their native language.
Last Sunday morning, Richard White Auditorium on East Campus was crowded with Duke students and members of the Durham community who came to watch the movie “La Jaula de Oro. ” Translated as “The Golden Dream” in English, the movie depicts a Native American boy and teenagers from Guatemala on their journey to immigrate to the U. S. Through the protagonists’ struggles, the movie draws attention to the thousands of Latin American children who try to cross the American border for better opportunities.
In this compelling novel, renowned Chicano writer Daniel Chacon once again explores art, death, ethnicity and racism. Are Chicanos meant for meth houses instead of art schools? Are talented Chicanos never destined to study in Paris?
Ask anyone who ever attended public or Catholic elementary school in California about their 4th-grade mission project, and it’s likely you’ll hear a story involving popsicle sticks, sugar cubes, and glue. For Los Angeles artist Rafa Esparza, that longstanding and controversial aspect of the state’s school curriculum has become the point of departure for a unique site-specific performance-art/installation practice that has lately taken him a lot farther than the school gym or even the missions. Instead, Esparza, along with the young Latinx artists that he enlists as partners, has been building adobe structures on sites as well known as the Hammer Museum and the Ballroom Marfa, and in exhibitions as prestigious as the 2017 Whitney Biennial.
Lion Forge announces four new hires in its editorial department today, including Desiree Rodriguez, Erika Kuster, Hazel Newlevant, and Jasmine Amiri. These four editors join the rapidly growing publisher in advance of New York Comic Con, where the company will unveil multiple new titles and series.
When American filmmaker Catherine Gund met Mexican ranchera singer Chavela Vargas in 1991, both women were at major crossroads in their lives. Gund, then a young queer activist, had just lost her best friend to AIDS. Vargas, a feisty 71-year-old who’d once been Mexico’s best-known female singer of mournful ranchera ballads, had just returned to the small stage following years of extreme alcoholism that had made her a virtual recluse.
David A. Romero, a Mexican-American spoken word artist, poet, and activist came to UIS Sept. 26 to give his performance entitled “The Latinx Giant”. Romero is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC) and the second spoken word artist to be featured on All Def Digital, a YouTube channel by Russell Simmons. He has performed at over 60 colleges and universities in over 20 states and his performances revolve around Latino rights .
Teatro de las Americas, TEATRELA (Teatro de Repertorio Latinoamericano de Venezuela) and Oxnard College present ESA RISA NO DE LOCOS, a theatrical show for the whole family with two exceptional Latin American comedies (comedias costumbristas), two centuries apart, but with a great dose of humor: A FALTA DE PAN, BUENA SON TORTAS by Nicanor Bonet Peraza (Venezuela) and A MÍ…ME LO CONTARON, co-authored by Lucho Córdoba (Peru) and Américo Vargas (Chile). In Spanish with English supertitles.
Agnieszka Czeblakow, a librarian for rare books at the University of Texas at San Antonio, looks for a cookbook in the school's vault that has more than 1,800 titles in its cookbook collection. One of the books in the collection dates back to 1789.
This Halloween, if you seek a costume with the perfect amount of sass or even hope to emulate a mean as heck villain, we say you turn to telenovelas. From the ever-relevant Soraya Montenegro to Paola from La Usurpadora, some might not get your costume, but those who do will label you a genius.
“The Legacy of a Mexican Patriarch” is the first book written by freelance writer Rocio Cadena of Plano, creator of the website thisisrocio.com. The book – written in English and Spanish as an homage to the author’s Mexican-American heritage – is comprised of a series of essays about Cadena’s grandfather, Alejandro Cadena. He was a laborer through the Bracero program who came to the U.S. alone to earn a living to support and care for his family in Mexico.
Latin American Artists Challenge the Concept of Being an ‘Alien’ in Sci-Fi Themed ExhibitArtCultureBy Yvette MontoyaOctober 8, 2017art, artists, latinx artYvette MontoyaWhen I imagine science fiction I think of Star Trek, Guardians of the Galaxy or the Martian Chronicles. It’s easy to forget that science fiction has almost always been a medium used to convey feelings of otherness within the socio-political/cultural scope. The University of California – Riverside’s exhibit Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas is a survey of over 30 artists from all over the Americas who use Sci-Fi as a vehicle to tell their stories. This exhibit can feel like a huge undertaking for the viewer – not because of the subject matter as in Radical Women – but because of the size of the exhibit. There are three floors, several full length films, their permanent collection of photography and cameras, and so many interactive and intricate pieces to look at. You should plan for at least half a day to really get through it all because it’s totally worth it!
Before Miriam Alarcon Avila moved to the United States from Mexico 15 years ago, she had never heard of pumpkin carving. Now the artist looks forward to fall as a time when she can spend hours creating intricately decorated gourds. Alarcon Avila, who lives in Tiffin, is also a photographer and is currently working on the Luchadores project, an effort to document the lives of Latino immigrants in Iowa through photography and storytelling.
The week will screen films from ten countries, namely Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Chile, Haiti, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela, organisers said at a press briefing on October 6. Venezuala’s Ambassador to Vietnam Jorge Rondon Uzcategui said film lovers in Vietnam will have a chance to enjoy prominent films in different genres such as documentary, comedy, mainstream and cartoon, among others. The event also presents an opportunity for locals to enjoy and understand more about the culture of each nation in Latin America.
El Avila mountain, which dominates the north side of the Venezuelan capital, is seen throughout “Caracas, A Place,” an art exhibition that opened on Friday at the CAF Gallery of the Latin American Development Bank to commemorate the 450 years since the city was founded. The mountain that forms the background to daily life in Caracas permeates almost all the art works in the exhibition, in which four artists – three Venezuelans and a Spaniard – recreate that peak and other symbols of the city which, according to Venezuelan writer Hector Torres, is dying.