La Pocha Nostra

Saturday, November 8, 2008 - 1:00am

An interactive performance by La Pocha Nostra: Guillermo Gómez-Peña Violeta, Luna Roberto Sifuentes (U.S.-Mexico); with Faculty of Liberal Studies Instructor Jessica Wyman, Mark Rush, Gale Allen, Ulysses Castellanos and performance students from York University (Canada).

Since the early 1990s, Mexican performance artist and writer Guillermo Gómez-Peña and his colleagues Violeta Luna and Roberto Sifuentes from the San Francisco-based performance troupe La Pocha Nostra have been exploring the way museums represent cultural Otherness by experimenting with the colonial format of the "living diorama." They have created interactive "living museums" that parody various colonial practices of representation including the ethnographic tableau vivant, the Indian Trading Post, the border curio shop, the porn window display and their contemporary equivalents. These performance/installations function both as a bizarre set design for contemporary enactment of cultural pathologies, and as a ceremonial space for people to reflect upon their attitudes toward other cultures. Recent museum interventions by La Pocha Nostra include the Tate Modern, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, LACMA and the Guggenheim.

As part of their ongoing Mapa/Corpo series, Divino Corpo continues to examine the brown body as a site for radical spirituality, memory, penance, activism, stylized anger and corporeal reinvention. Divino Corpo was premiered at the National Review of Live Arts in Glasgow earlier this year. Posing as living saints and madonnas of unpopular causes (border crossers, disease, the rights of undocumented migrants, sex workers, prisoners, gang bangers, and the displaced invisible Others), the artists create a performative temple where the sacred and the profane intertwine with provocative contemporary issues. They invite audience members to engage in ritualized interactivity and embrace a new form of radical faith - the faith in art as a personal and political transformative force. In the process, the intimate human body becomes the transformative site against a backdrop of global despair and war.

Gómez-Peña, Luna and Sifuentes will be in residency in Toronto from November 2nd to November 8th. This latest presentation of Divino Corpo will take place at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art on Friday November 7th and will feature several Toronto-based performance artists working together with La Pocha Nostra.

All MOCCA programs and activities are supported by Toronto Culture, the Ontario Arts Council, BMO Financial Group, individual memberships and private donations.

Venue & Address: 
Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art 952 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

Let’s Talk About the Library: What Story Does the Library Tell You? (Part 2)

INVC library workshop
Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Join in on the discussion & enjoy some food (two things not usually associated with libraries!)

Part 2: What does a library collect? How is it organized? What story does this tell us?

Join us for one or both interactive workshops focusing on strategies for de-coding and maybe even de-colonizing libraries. 

Through a hands-on exploration of the OCAD U Library space, we will see how the organization of a library’s collections tells broader stories about cultural values and, most importantly, find ways to work around these frameworks. 

Using a process of asking questions, interacting with library collections, exchanging stories, we can discuss new possibilities so that the all people using the library can find their own stories among the many.

Venue & Address: 
Dorothy H. Hoover Library, 215c MCC (113 McCaul St.)
Website: 
http://ocad.libguides.com/LibraryWorkshops2016Winter
Email: 
dpayne@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 ext. 217
Cost: 
FREE!

Let’s Talk About the Library: What Story Does the Library Tell You? (Part 1)

INVC library workshop
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Join in on the discussion & enjoy some food (two things not usually associated with libraries!)

Part1:  What is a library? Does it tell a story?  Does it help you tell your story? 

Join us for one or both interactive workshops focusing on strategies for de-coding and maybe even de-colonizing libraries. 

Through a hands-on exploration of the OCAD U Library space, we will see how the organization of a library’s collections tells broader stories about cultural values and, most importantly, find ways to work around these frameworks. 

Using a process of asking questions, interacting with library collections, exchanging stories, we can discuss new possibilities so that the all people using the library can find their own stories among the many.

 

Date: Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Dorothy H. Hoover Library, 215c MCC (115 McCaul St.)

Venue & Address: 
Dorothy H. Hoover Library, 215c MCC (113 McCaul St.)
Website: 
http://ocad.libguides.com/LibraryWorkshops2016Winter
Email: 
dpayne@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 ext. 217
Cost: 
FREE!