Through this screening and panel discussion several up-and-coming Latina artists will share with us various aspects of their practices and insights into making video/film-art in today’s current political and artistic climate. Following the screening this facilitated panel discussion with the artists will delve deeply into the many concerns, challenges and the unique gaze of these brilliant makers.
Lorena Barrera Enciso is a Mexican filmmaker, painter and performance artist. In her work, she uses her experience as a body with many homes to explore the sense of longing that is inarticulate and without language. The objects and images created in these explorations become the result of frustrated attempts at intimacy. She grew up in Mexico, Switzerland and immigrated to the USA when she was 18. She obtained her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Lorena has exhibited her work at Chicago Filmmakers, Onion City Film Festival, Massachusetts College of Art and Design and Gene Siskel Film Center. www.lorenabarrerae.com
Tamara Becerra Valdez uses photography, video and drawing alongside an adoption of methods in archaeology and ethnography to recover traces of history and identity in the everyday landscape. She restages artifacts, seizes overlooked moments and maintains a desire to honor forgotten information and expression found in the urban vernacular. The ephemeral nature of human behavior leaves an impression in her work. She is currently completing a Master’s degree in Fine Arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago. www.tamarabecerravaldez.com
Giselle Mira-Diaz has worked in several collaborative projects, being a founding member of Toronto Babel Collective; a group of experimental filmmakers. She has participated in the North South Photo Exchange project, at Gallery 44 and part of PANAMANIA. Her work has been exhibited at Gallery 44, ArtScape YoungPlace in Toronto as well as internationally in Osaka Japan, Buenos Aires Argentina, Berlin Germany and Tampere Finland. Giselle’s work explores women’s representation in media, the complexity of immigration, hybrid cultures, heritage and, identity. Her passion is to promote equality and social justice through her collaborative art practice. She is currently completing a Master’s degree in Art Education at the School of the Art Institute Chicago. www.gisellemiradiaz.com
Nancy D. Sánchez decided to add the accent mark onto her last name. The accent mark was taken by the U.S. government during the 80s when her father began legal documentation. Sánchez threads together micro moments with her art. The preservation of history and current life become conductors of the art. Sánchez is a Mexican-American, Chicana, Chicago-native and first generation artist born on the “other side”. She is a bruja, humanitarian, environmentalist, activist and proud granddaughter of a woman who could not read or write. Recordar es resistencia, darle espacio a nuestra historia, es resistencia. siempre, respirar con resistencia. She is currently completing a Master’s degree in Fine Arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago. vimeo.com/nancysanchez