a performance | dialogue co-presented with La Pocha Nostra
Shifting Possessions is an ongoing Salon Series of 500 Capp Street with artist and academic Việt Lê having dialogues and programming on queer(y)ing object collections, geopolitical connections and remediation strategies. This performance | dialogue featuring Guillermo Gómez-Peña is part of an ongoing project and residency between La Pocha Nostra and 500 Capp Street through 2023 involving performative interventions, rare objects on view and conversations about artists personal collections, home museums and the collection and display of cultural artifacts.
Guillermo Gómez-Peña is a performance artist, writer, activist, radical pedagogue and artistic director of the performance troupe La Pocha Nostra. Born in Mexico City, he moved to the US in 1978, and since 1995, his three homes have been San Francisco, Mexico City and the “road”. His performance work and 21 books have contributed to the debates on cultural, generational, and gender diversity, border culture and North-South relations. His artwork has been presented at over one thousand venues across the US, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Russia, South Africa and Australia. A MacArthur Fellow, USA Artists Fellow, and a Bessie, Guggenheim, and American Book Award recipient, he is a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines in the US, Mexico, and Europe and a contributing editor to The Drama Review (NYU-MIT), the Performance Art Week Journal and emisférica, the publication of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics (NYU). Gómez-Peña is currently a Patron for the London-based Live Art Development Agency, and a Senior Fellow in the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics.
Việt Lê is the author of Return Engagements (Duke University Press, 2021). The art book White Gaze is a collaboration with artist | theorist Latipa (Sming Sming Books, 2019). Lê has presented their work at Bangkok Art & Cultural Center, Rio Gay Film Festival, Shanghai Biennale, the Barbican, among other venues. Lê cocurated transPOP: Korea Việt Nam Remix (with Yong Soon Min: ARKO, Galerie Quynh, UC Irvine Gallery; YBCA, 2008-09) and the 2012 Kuandu Biennale (Taipei). A 2022-24 Headlands Bay Area Arts Fellow and ‘22 Stanford CCSRE Mellon Arts Fellow, Lê is currently Associate Professor and Chair of Visual & Critical Studies (VCS) at California College of the Arts. vietle.net _vietle
Shifting Possessions Salon Series would not be possible without the support of Tieger Foundation.