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GUILLERMO GÓMEZ-PEÑA : Gómez-Peña Unplugged, a Highways 27th Anniversary Celebration
April 18, 2016 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm PDT
In celebration of its 27th Anniversary, Highways presents the latest solo work of “El border brujo” (Gómez-Peña). Drawing from his 30 year old “living archive,” Gómez-Peña Unplugged combines new and classic performance material to present a unique perspective on the immediate future of the Americas. Gómez-Peña’s 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.”
Monday, April 18 @ 8.30pm
$35 general admission / $20 members, students, seniors
Besides his international work with the legendary troupe La Pocha Nostra, Guillermo Gómez-Peña has presented his solo work at museums, universities, galleries and theatres throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Latin America, Australia and South Africa.
Gómez-Peña’s unique format reveals to an audience the process of creating, languaging and performing material and this process becomes the actual project. It is precisely in his new solo work where Gómez-Peña’s literature, theory, activism, pedagogy & live art come together in a wonderfully strange mix.
Gómez-Peña has spent many years developing his unique solo style, “a combination of embodied poetry, performance activism and theatricalizations of postcolonial theory.” In his ten books, as in his live performances, digital art, videos and photo-performances, he pushes the boundaries still further, exploring what’s left for artists to do in a repressive global culture of censorship, paranoid nationalism and what he terms “the mainstream bizarre.” Gómez-Peña examines where this leaves the critical practice of artists who aim to make tactical, performative interventions into our notions of culture, race and sexuality. Most recently he has also been exploring the poetic and activist use of new technologies and social media.“