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Rebellion! Public Art and Political Dissent: Oaxaca and L.A.


Chaz Bojórquez and artist collective Tlacolulokos

In conversation with curator Amanda de la Garza


*Presented as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/ LA

With the likes of Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco, Mexico has a long tradition of politically engaged public art which has often depicted—with varying degrees of accuracy—the country’s indigenous population. Two gifted young artists from the collective Tlacolulokos have been commissioned to create a new artwork in the Central Library’s Rotunda in juxtaposition to the 1933 historic Cornwell murals. They will discuss their new work as well as their street-level actions in their hometown of Tlacolula, Oaxaca, with the godfather of Cholo writing, Chaz Bojórquez and project curator Amanda De La Garza. What is the role of clandestine art actions as a form of political dissent? How effective is it? What are the parallels and differences between how street art is used in Mexico and the United States?

Bilingual program Spanish/English with simultaneous interpretation by Antena Los Ángeles