As part of The Zapatista Wi-fi Rebellion program, organized by gloria galvez, join us for an evening of presentations by Fran Ilich and Daniela Lieja Quintanar, followed by a reception for the exhibition.
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Fran Ilich is a media artist, essayist, novelist, and activist. His work focuses on the theory and practice of narrative media, experimental economies and finance, hacktivism, and utopian experiments in social organizations. Ilich will present about _Spacebank_, an ongoing art project and virtual community investment bank he founded in 2005. The project uses alternative currencies, barter, a stock exchange, and other financial tools to create a nano-macro economy as a means of supporting an alternative economy with politically aligned creatives in New York and elsewhere, like Zapatista coffee growers. We will be selling Zapatista coffee beans on site.
In her presentation, curator Daniela Lieja Quintanar will discuss the use of Zapatista framework within artistic practices and in her own curatorial work; to produce critical and political discourses. These models consist of strategies against neoliberal logic and propose ways to decolonize thought and practice through autonomous and collective processes. Lieja Quintanar will present (Terreno peligroso-Danger Zone_ (1995) a unique art project between Chicano and Mexican artists and La feria del rebelde (The Rebel´s Fair, 1994) an exhibition in Mexico City reacting to a time a time of social crisis—as two case studies that connect with contemporary artistic practices in Los Angeles and Mexico.
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