My earliest memories of East Los Angeles, the town where I was born, was my neighbor Rafael's rooster waking me up in the morning. Senor Rafael's yard looked like Mexico. He actually had a tree stump where he killed chickens. His garden was lush with corn stalks, calla lillies,sunflowers and bird of paradise.
The King and Queen Cobras ruled my hood. The queens were Sophia Loren beautiful. Their flaming red teased hair with lips to match. Their thin eyebrows framed their beauty with fierceness. I wanted to be as beautiful as those girls when I grew up. I saw them as warriors, even though others dismissed them as those "cholas"
Much of these memores were preparing me for the next era of the civil rights movement, I was learning to find my voice. I was living in a time where old Mexico was leaving me and new assimilation was being imposed on us. Thus the Chicano movement was born.
This short glimpse has brought me to this juncture in my life, where I choose to speak through my art, my process.
Please let me share with you my interest and favorites. There is so much , but I managed to condense this list . Here goes.
I am a spiritual person, not religious. I am a student of progressive thinking and I love when mother earth shows us her power. My role model and partner in crime is my great grandmother Lola.
Favorite era for movies, fashion, architecture, photography, and Mexico , is the 40's.
Avant garde artist/Maya Deren
Installation artist/Yoko Ono
Foods/Vegan Mexican and Japanese
Fashion Designer/Vivienne Westwood
Architects/Luis Barragan, Antoni Gaudi
Favorite Directors/Costa Gravas, Pedro Aldomovar
Photographers/ Lola and Manuel Alvarez Bravo,Hernri Cartier Bresson-The Mexico years,Tina Modotti, Sebastiao Salgado Movies/ anything magical real, like Amelie, Pans Labrinyth
Poet/Pablo Neruda, Leonard Cohen
Music/world and jazz
In March 2010, there will be a series of events in Mexico City, Mexico, Los Angeles, California, and other cities, meant to be a ritual of mourning for the femicides in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua: Art as a pathway of opposition and resistance to violence.
We invite you to be part of this initiative of art activism. Below is the link to the blog we have dedicated to this and where you will find the Call for Entries. This invitation is open to all individuals, groups, organizations, artists and activists. The events in March 2010 will include awareness raising creative workshops, intervention actions, plays and performances and the exhibition of the art work received through the call for entries and the resulting art from the workshops. http://unaoracionporjuarez.blogspot.com/
For those who do not live in Mexico City or Los Angeles metropolitan areas, we invite you to organize your own community activity during the same month of March, 2010. It could be an Art Exhibit, a book discussion, a movie screening, a poetry reading, etc. We ask you to include the original title of this event “A Prayer for Juarez,” and to send us your schedule, and later on, photos and documentation, to be included in the blog.
To include your event, or for any kind of issue related, please write to us:
In the US: email@example.com
In Mexico: firstname.lastname@example.org
Creating protest art transcends culture and gender. We are united in a larger community of like-minds and humanitarian goals. We thank you in advance for your dedication and your prayers for the women of Ciudad Juarez. NI UNA MAS!
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