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TILT PODCAST / EPISODE 5: UNSETTLED / PART 3:OGA PO’GEH

December 19th, 2020

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Can acknowledging ancestral lands and indigenous relatives counter settlerism in Santa Fe?
With Jade Begay, Porter Swentzell, Artemisio Romero y Carver

In Santa Fe, as in many cities, the most public versions of history are made visible in monuments that reinforce conquest and colonization. Those, it seems, are the only stories worth knowing and celebrating. But whose voices are being left out? And what stories are being erased?

Featuring writer Dr. Alicia Inez Guzmán, and SFAI Story Maps fellows Diego Medina and Christian Gering, this 9-part podcast unsettles what we think we know about Santa Fe and New Mexico’s past to help envision a more just future.

Grounded in archival research, oral history, and creative storytelling, Unsettled narrates relations across time, weaving in the identity crises of present-day Santa Fe and the controversy around the Soldiers' Monument with a chronicle of events that begins before European contact and continues into Spain's earliest occupation of Santa Fe in the 17th century.  Looking outward, Unsettled also reveals that this region's struggles are related to those taking place nationally and internationally by drawing on SFAI artists whose work addresses histories of colonization and their impact on the present. Reckoning with conflict and beauty near and far helps us imagine a future in which all our relations can tell rich stories of self and place.

Stay tuned for Part 4 of this series which launches in January 2021.

Tilt Podcast / Episode 5: Unsettled / Part 2: You’re Not From Here

December 12th, 2020

Soldier's Monument, Santa Fe, New Mexico

The Soldiers’ Monument arrived in 1868. Is it even from here?
With Porter Swentzell, Artemisio Romero y Carver and Heidi Brandow.

In Santa Fe, as in many cities, the most public versions of history are made visible in monuments that reinforce conquest and colonization. Those, it seems, are the only stories worth knowing and celebrating. But whose voices are being left out? And what stories are being erased?

Featuring writer Dr. Alicia Inez Guzmán, and SFAI Story Maps fellows Diego Medina and Christian Gering, this 9-part podcast unsettles what we think we know about Santa Fe and New Mexico’s past to help envision a more just future.

Grounded in archival research, oral history, and creative storytelling, Unsettled narrates relations across time, weaving in the identity crises of present-day Santa Fe and the controversy around the Soldiers' Monument with a chronicle of events that begins before European contact and continues into Spain's earliest occupation of Santa Fe in the 17th century.  Looking outward, Unsettled also reveals that this region's struggles are related to those taking place nationally and internationally by drawing on SFAI artists whose work addresses histories of colonization and their impact on the present. Reckoning with conflict and beauty near and far helps us imagine a future in which all our relations can tell rich stories of self and place.

Stay tuned for Part 3 of this series, Oga Po'geh, which launches on December 21. Parts 4-9 will be available beginning in January. 

Tilt Podcast / Episode 5: Unsettled / Part 1: Axis Mundi

December 5th, 2020

In Santa Fe, as in many cities, the most public versions of history are made visible in monuments that reinforce conquest and colonization. Those, it seems, are the only stories worth knowing and celebrating. But whose voices are being left out? And what stories are being erased?

Featuring writer Dr. Alicia Inez Guzmán, and SFAI Story Maps fellows Diego Medina and Christian Gering, this 9-part podcast unsettles what we think we know about Santa Fe and New Mexico’s past to help envision a more just future.

In Part 1 of Unsettled, Axis Mundi, Santa Fe reckons with one monument and the moments leading to its downfall, with Alma Castro, Darryl Wellington, and Virgil Vigil. 

Grounded in archival research, oral history, and creative storytelling, Unsettled narrates relations across time, weaving in the identity crises of present-day Santa Fe and the controversy around the Soldiers' Monument with a chronicle of events that begins before European contact and continues into Spain's earliest occupation of Santa Fe in the 17th century.  Looking outward, Unsettled also reveals that this region's struggles are related to those taking place nationally and internationally by drawing on SFAI artists whose work addresses histories of colonization and their impact on the present. Reckoning with conflict and beauty near and far helps us imagine a future in which all our relations can tell rich stories of self and place.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of this series, You're Not From Here, which launches on December 14, and Part 3, Oga Po'geh, which lauches on December 21. Parts 4-9 will be available beginning in January. 

Tilt Podcast / Episode 4: The Pandemic Imaginarium

October 2nd, 2020

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Since lockdown began in March 2020, radical interdisciplinary performance troupe La Pocha Nostra has creatively reinvented their practice with their global community – including virtual spoken word solos, poetry slams, intellectual salons, classroom visits, international performance workshops & festivals  – involving all Pocha Members and special guests from around the world.

For this special podcast episode SFAI invites La Pocha Nostra’s Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Balitronica to offer a sampling of their process of virtual reinvention by sharing with us some poetic, political and philosophical reflections of our times. What does it mean to be an American artist during lockdown? Where is the border between despair and hope? What is radical democracy and how can we all participate in it? 

Tilt Podcast / Episode 3: Liminality, Disembodiment & Conspicuous Concealment

September 7th, 2020

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For Episode 3 of our Tilt Podcast, SFAI Residency Director Toni Gentilli talks with 2020 Labor Residents May Maylisa Cat, Millian Pham Lien Giang, and Mimi Bai. May, Millian, and Mimi are all Asian diasporic artists working to navigate and give form to the invisible and emotional labor of assimilation, codeswitching, and cultural production and consumption in America. They discuss how their creative practices help them to heal and transform the traumatic intergenerational experiences of being estranged, exoticized, and excluded by colonial, patriarchal, and capitalist systems.

Tilt Podcast / Episode 2: Sweet Land: New American Mythologies (Part 3)

August 14th, 2020

SFAI presents a conversation with Raven Chacon, SFAI 2011 Alum, and Cannupa Hanska Luger, 2018 Story Maps Fellowship Mentor, about The Industry’s latest experimental production “Sweet Land”, an opera about colonialism that rewrites the American mythos.

Welcome to Part 3 of Sweet Land! In this episode, Raven and Cannupa ponder the role of monuments and public art in American life as it relates to our understanding of history, mainstream narratives, and current events. They also discuss their own roles as mentors and role models for younger artists, and the future of art in a time of rapid global change.

Watch Sweet Land On-Demand at The Industry.

Tilt Podcast / Episode 2: Sweet Land: New American Mythologies (Part 2)

August 14th, 2020

SFAI presents a conversation with Raven Chacon, SFAI 2011 Alum, and Cannupa Hanska Luger, 2018 Story Maps Fellowship Mentor, about The Industry’s latest experimental production “Sweet Land”, an opera about colonialism that rewrites the American mythos.

Welcome to Part 2 of Sweet Land! In this episode, Raven and Cannupa describe the structural aspects of Sweet Land, the alternative narratives the opera constructs around the story of America, and the significance of its location in the Los Angeles State Historical Park. 

Watch Sweet Land On-Demand at The Industry.

Tilt Podcast / Episode 2: Sweet Land: New American Mythologies (Part 1)

August 14th, 2020

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SFAI presents a conversation with Raven Chacon, SFAI 2011 Alum, and Cannupa Hanska Luger, 2018 Story Maps Fellowship Mentor, about The Industry’s latest experimental production “Sweet Land”, an opera about colonialism that rewrites the American mythos.

In our first episode of Sweet Land, we hear from Raven and Cannupa about how they met, the collaborative experience of working together on Sweet Land, stepping into a new art form, and how their experience and perspectives influenced the project.

Watch Sweet Land On-Demand at The Industry.

 

CONVERSATIONS / Unprecedented (Again)

July 22nd, 2020
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To mark SFAI’s 35th anniversary, our inaugural event entitled Conversations: Unprecedented (Again), features SFAI alumni. Artists Veronica Jackson and Christopher Kojzar, will be in conversation with artist-moderator Elizabeth Burden, to talk about their art and aesthetics, the wonder-sleights of being simultaneously invisible and hypervisible, and being hyphenated artists in this moment—artist-interpreters, artist-researchers, artist-archivists, artist-historians.

 

CONVERSATIONS

Join SFAI artists and alumni, community organizers and leaders, as we engage one another online on topics related to current events and our annual theme. Conversations events will include panel conversations and interactive presentations, and will demonstrate how these issues manifest within our local, national, and global communities – as well as how artists and culture-bearers are shaping the dialogue and providing positive impact.

 

This event is free, but donations are appreciated in support of our programming and participating artists. Please give what you can by visiting sfai.org/support/give.

Tilt Podcast / Episode 1: CALLING IN — How White People Can Join the Fight for Racial Justice

July 6th, 2020

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In recognition of our 35 year anniversary this year, we are inviting SFAI alumni and our 2020 Labor Residents to share their works, voices, and reflections through our new monthly podcast series Tilt.

Check out our premier episode Calling In: How White People Can Join the Fight for Racial Justice on July 6—and stay tuned for announcements on our next Tilt Podcast in mid July!

For more information on the participating artists and how you can support anti-racism organizations, please visit: sfai.org/event/podcast-calling-in.

 

This event is free, but donations are appreciated in support of our programming and participating artists. Please give what you can by visiting sfai.org/support/give.

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