Guillermo Gómez-Peña: The Most (un) Documented Mexican Artist
The rebel artist @ 60 faces his inner demons - uncensored & wilder than ever...
Culver Center of the Arts
Friday, October 20, 2017, 7pm
In conjunction with the exhibition, Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas, UCR ARTSblock presents Guillermo Gómez-Peña: The Most (Un) Documented Mexican Artist.
In his latest solo spoken word performance, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, ‘El border brujo,’ draws from his 30 year old living archive and combines new and classic performance material to present a unique perspective on the immediate future of the Americas. His self-styled “imaginary activism” invokes performance art as a form of radical democracy and citizenship. Combining spoken word poetry, activist theory, radical storytelling and language experimentation, Gómez-Peña offers critical and humorous commentary about the art world, academia, new technologies, the culture of war and violence in the US, organized crime in Mexico, gender and race politics, and the latest wave of complications surrounding gentrification in the “creative city.”
Guillermo Gómez-Peña is a performance artist, writer, activist, radical pedagogue and artistic director of the performance troupe La Pocha Nostra. Born in Mexico City, he moved to the US in 1978. His performance work and 11 books have contributed to the debates on cultural & gender diversity, border culture and US-Mexico relations. His art work has been presented at over nine hundred venues across the US, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Russia, South Africa and Australia. A MacArthur Fellow, Bessie and American Book Award winner, he is a regular contributor for newspapers and magazines in the US, Mexico, and Europe and a contributing editor to The Drama Review (NYU-MIT). Gómez-Peña is a Senior Fellow in the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, a Patron for the London-based Live Art Development Agency and in 2012 he was named Samuel Hoi Fellow by USA Artists.
Image: Guillermo Gómez-Peña & Balitronica. Photograph by Piero Viti, Venice Performance Art Week, 2014. Photo Courtesy of La Pocha Nostra Archives.