aquí estamos/here we are

with Awilda Rodríguez Lora and Cristóbal Guerra Naranjo

Artist Bio
Awilda Rodríguez Lora (La Performera) es coreógrafa del performance y gestora cultural. Su práctica artística incluye la creación de La Rosario, hogar para la convivencia cuir, colectiva, saludable y sustentable. Además, colabora en proyectos artísticos transgresores, promoviendo la libertad y la expresión cuir a través del performance, la danza, el video y la voz.

Awilda Rodríguez Lora (La Performera) is a performance choreographer and cultural entrepreneur. Her practice includes the founding of La Rosario, a home for collective, healthy, and sustainable queer living. Furthermore, she collaborates with proyectos artísticos transgresores, fostering freedom and queer expressions through performance, dance, video and sound.

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Artist Bio
Cristóbal Guerra is an interdisciplinary artist from Puerto RIco. With a background in film and screenwriting, his / their work currently combines experimental video , documentary form and text to explore ideas of home, el caribe, queerness and belonging.

Cristóbal es un artista multidisciplinario de Puerto Rico. Su trasfondo incluye el cine y la escritura de guiones, actualmente su trabajo combina video experimental, documentales y texto mientras explora los conceptos del hogar, el caribe, lo cuir y el sentido de pertenencia.

Artist conversation launches Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Follow QCC’s Instagram June 1 – 7, 2020 to view their latest work

Project Statement
falla vernacular / vernacular glitch*
experimento . poli temporal . del estar y no estar . simultáneamente . hacer y deshacer . espacios domésticos aislados . cruzan . imaginario exterior . sus posibilidades sofocadas . una improvisación performática y audiovisual que usa el —glitch— como partida para explorar una frustración compleja entre lo presencial, lo tangible y sus fallidas imitaciones.

experiment . poli temporality . from being and not being . simultaneously . doing and undoing . alienated domestic spaces . crossings . imagined exterior . suffocating possibilities . an audiovisual and performative improvisation that uses the —glitch— as a starting point to explore the frustrations and complexities between the presence, the tangible, and its unlimited errors.

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Aquí estamos / here we are is an online exhibition, an act of collective solidarity, regeneration and celebration between queer artists from the Bay Area and Puerto Rico redefining the domestic space. Under the circumstances of the shelter-in-place in the Bay Area and the lockdown in Puerto Rico, the question of what a domestic space is, what it should be for and what it should do, has shifted. Aquí estamos / here we are fosters conversations and collaborations amongst artists from two places that are home to joyful, persevering, and active communities. As queers of color, re-imagining our futures includes rejecting the past as “the normal” and questioning our own relationships with what is considered a domestic, private or safe space.

Once a week throughout June, artists will share work through intimate online conversations and a virtual exhibition that will take over Queer Cultural Center’s Instagram. They are creating work by rethinking what a domestic space is and could be. At the end of June, all the artists will gather to have an open conversation with the show’s curator on how we reimagine collective futures from a domestic space. These creations and conversations will be in a digital publication available later this year.

View more work from the exhibition at X-Patterns

MORE FROM THE EXHIBITION

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto

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Instagram takeover
June 8 - 14

Artist conversation online
June 10, 2020
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Marcela Pardo Ariza

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Instagram takeover
June 15 - 21

Artist conversation online
June 18, 2020
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Pati Cruz

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Instagram takeover
June 22 - 28

Artist conversation online
June 25, 2020
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Puerto Rico & the Bay Area: A Cuir/Queer Conversation
June 30, 2020
5pm (PST)

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Aquí estamos / here we are artists and collaborators join curator, Juan Carlos Rodríguez Rivera, for a live online conversation. How do we imagine collective futures from a domestic space? What privileges does that entail? How have shelter-in-place and lockdowns affected each individual artists' practice?

aquí estamos / here we are
Virtual Exhibition
June 1- 30, 2020

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An online exhibition paired with intimate artist talks that launch every Wednesday in June and weekly Instagram takeovers by featured artists. This work is an act of collective solidarity, regeneration, and celebration between queer artists from the Bay Area and Puerto Rico redefining the domestic space.