Guillermo Gómez-Peña and RJ Muna

Guillermo Gómez-Peña is a Chicano performance artist, writer, activist, and educator. He was born in Mexico City, and moved to the U.S. in 1978, earning a BA and MA at California Institute of the Arts. He has created work in multiple media, including performance art, experimental radio, video, photography and installation art. Gómez-Peña’s eight books include essays, experimental poetry and chronicles in both English, Spanish, and Spanglish; his books include The New World Border: Prophecies, Poems, and Loqueras for the End of the Century (2001) and Codex Espangliensis: From Columbus to the Border Patrol (2001). He is a founding member of the art collective Border Arts Workshop/Taller de Arte Fronterizo and artistic director of the performance art troupe La Pocha Nostra. Gómez-Peña received many honors, including a US Artists fellow award (2012) and a MacArthur fellowship (1991), the first Chicano artist to receive the award. He currently lives and works in San Francisco.

RJ Muna is a photographer. He was born in a place far from where he grew up. He went to college not far from where he now lives, which is fairly close to where he grew up. He’s been taking pictures for many years now, and remembers fondly the era of Film. He gladly shoots digital these days but has spent many hours arguing the merits of pixels versus silver (usually taking the opposite side of whichever view is being presented). “Polaroid” – enough said. Truth is, he really doesn’t care what he makes pictures with, as long as he gets to make pictures. He likes making pictures.