Comida es Medicina

Illustration with the words "Comida es medicina" in the upper left hand corner. Below that, a drawing of two partial circles with an ear of corn and some abstract shapes, as well as an image of a body made of a hybrid of different creatures next to a small red flag that says EZLN.

Maíz by Federico Cuatlacuatl

It’s been a full summer and I hope to post some updates about all of my recent activities soon! In the meantime, please note that I will be in a group show in San Francsico, the description follows below. The opening is on Saturday August 11th. If you attend, please let me know. Here’s the Facebook invitation: https://www.facebook.com/events/1403123656456483/

Comida es Medicina at Galería de la Raza considers the topic of food justice from Latinx, Chicanx, Central American, indigenous, and immigrant perspectives. This group exhibition contests white supremacy by uplifting the knowledge, traditions, and practices of immigrant and indigenous members of our communities in relation to food, ancestral knowledge, and respect for Mother Earth.

The exhibition consists of a wide variety of artistic forms, including paintings, screenprints, videos, zines, sculptures, installation, and mixed media. The exhibition will extend to Galería’s Digital Mural Project, Galería, and Studio 24.

The works uplift indigenous and immigrant food knowledge, while also providing a powerful critique of the exploitation embedded in the current foods systems. Several of the pieces provide a pointed critique of the greedy underside of agribusiness, gentrification, appropriation, and the genetic modification of our sacred corn. Taken as a whole, the pieces in the show powerfully represent the multiple ways our communities are creating bold visions of food justice, decolonization, and community healing.

The works exhibited in Studio 24 are interactive pieces produced by artists from various immigrant communities. This art encourages the viewer to draw connections between their own food memories and other communities’ experiences of longing, belonging, and exclusion.

Soft Opening: August 4, from 12pm – 6pm
Opening date: August 11, from 6pm – 9pm
Exhibition dates: August 11 – November 2

Water Radio is a project of the Nature Connection Arts Lab (NCAL), which offers transformative, creative experiences outdoors. Based in Miami, a center of the climate crisis which requires proactive care, NCAL programs foster gratitude, respect, and a renewed commitment to our ecosystems. NCAL is a new initiative seeking seeking institutional partnerships. NCAL will offer public programs in collaboration with local gardens, parks, hospitals, galleries, museums, and wellness centers.

Water Radio was submitted to the Miami Foundation’s 2018 Public Space Challenge. Please leave your comments or vote for my project here: http://www.publicspacechallenge.org/place/531102

Proposal Title:
Water Radio for the Biscayne-Everglades Greenway Canals

 

MY IDEA TO IMPROVE THIS PLACE…

Water Radio is a live audio broadcast during a series of kayak outings. People will travel and listen to the sounds of nature underwater. Water Radio will promote the canal waterway as a transportation alternative and as recreational space. It will improve people’s understanding about the history, current function, and potential future of the canal system.

Canals control and divert water to prevent flooding in urbanized areas. The canal system will become an important focal point for residents of Miami as we face the climate crisis and sea level rise.

Water Radio’s kayak is outfitted with an underwater microphone and environmental sensors to transmit sound art and music through a live radio stream.

SO THAT PEOPLE COULD…

People will experience hidden ecology as it is made audible. This project extends participants’ sensory understanding of place, and allows people to explore nature in an urban setting. Water Radio will allow citizen scientists to collect data like temperature changes in order to assist research scientists.

The Miami-Dade canal system is already popular with urban anglers. Water Radio will engage more residents in this unique ecosystem.

During each trip, I will serve as an interpretive guide. Each participant will be invited to record an audio message addressed to the waterway. People will have the chance to connect with the water and to share their hopes and fears about Miami’s liquid future.

Oracle in the Trees

O, Miami is hosting their annual festival in April!  The wide ranging events bring poetry to every corner of Miami, often in unique and unexpected ways. My contribution is a sensory forest walk designed to uncover secrets in both written and natural poetry! It will take place Saturday, April 21 at 10:00 AM.

Bibliomancy is the art of fortune telling practiced by interpreting randomly chosen passages from sacred texts. We’ll allow the fates to guide us while taking a leisurely stroll in the pine rocklands, an endangered ecosystem that is unique to south Florida.

Together we’ll explore the forest ecology while engaging in a series of sensory experiences focusing on relaxation, reflection, and the poetry of Hafez, a 14th century Persian mystic.

Check out the full line-up of amazing events and RSVP at this link:
http://www.omiami.org/events/2018/4/21/oracle-in-the-trees

The tiled ceiling of the pavilion over the tomb of Hafez in Shiraz, Iran.