Local Event Series

Art & Activism from Latin America & Spain

ViceVersa Magazine has partnered with The New Work Project to produce thought provoking events featuring live interviews with Latinx artists and change-makers.

The goal is to present an engaging and diverse perspective on art and activism in the region.

Role: Creative Director & Producer

March, 2019

On the third edition of Art & Activism, we talked with the Mexican documentary photographer Emmanuel Guillén Lozano, whose work focuses on social issues, human rights and the effects of violence, and with the Colombian singer Alea, who performed at the end of the evening.

The interviews were led by award winning author Keila Vall De la Ville.

EMMANUEL GUILLÉN LOZANO

Documentary Photographer

Emmanuel Guillén Lozano (b.1992, Mexico) is an independent documentary photographer and photo editor currently based in New York City. He holds a BA in Communication Sciences from the Universidad del Valle de México. His work focuses on social issues, human rights and the effects of violence, and has been published in The New York Times, Vice, Der Taggespiegel, and Deutsche Welle, among other media and platforms besides freelancing for Corbis Images and the Associated Press. He won the Art Works Projects for Human Rights Emerging Lens Award in 2016 for his work on the disappeared people in Mexico. His projects have been featured by organizations like Open Society Foundations, the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Bronx Documentary Center and Reporters Without Borders.

ALEA

Singer & Songwriter

Alea is a progressive and pioneering artist of her generation. Alongside brilliant performers Sinuhé Padilla-Isunza and Franco Pinna, Alea delivers a high energy performance that travels through many Latin American roots and traditions. The communion of Cumbia, Vallenato, Rancheras, Jazz, and Pop make possible their diverse soundscape with that New York City edge. Their new album “Alborotá” seeks to revindicate women’s freedom and empower Latin communities through songs, images, sounds, and videos.

June, 2018

THE EVOLUTION OF GENDER IDENTITY

FEMINIST RAP

Creative Director | Producer

On the second edition, we talked with the photographer and curator Lissa Rivera and her partner and muse, BJ Lillis about the evolution of gender identity; and with feminist rapper Audry Funk and DJ Loup Rouge. The evening ended with a special performance by Audry Funk and DJ Loup Rouge.

The interviews were led by award winning author Keila Vall De la Ville.

LISSA RIVERA

Photographer & Curator

Lissa Rivera is a photographer and curator based in Brooklyn, NY whose work has received multiple grants and honors and been exhibited internationally. Rivera received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, where she became fascinated with the social history of photography and the evolution of identity, sexuality and gender in relationship to material culture. ‘Beautiful Boy,’ Rivera’s latest project, takes her interest in photography’s connection with identity to a personal level, focusing on her domestic partner as muse, BJ Lillis. She also curated the exhibition ‘Canon,’ by artists Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo and Andrew Mroczek, the first bilingual exhibition to be shown at the Museum of Sex. “Canon is a call to action against the relentless violence the LGBTQ population faces throughout Peruvian culture.”

AUDRY FUNK & DJ LOUP ROUGE

Rapper, MC, Turntablist and Producer

Audry Funk is an independent singer and MC from Mexico. Her music is a mixture of reggae, hip hop, soul and funk. She’s part of the collective “Somos Guerreras”, one of the most important female collectives within the rap scene in Latin America. She has performed in Chile, Bolivia, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, and New York. Her music breaks down barriers with messages of solidarity, respect, and gender equality. On stage, she’s accompanied by Loup Rouge, a turntablist and producer from El Salvador. Like Audry, he has performed throughout Latin America and the United States, competing in various DJ battles and sharing his eclectic musical tastes with his audience. As an active member of “Wana Konciencia Family,” he has worked to educate communities in El Salvador about opportunities in music and hip-hop. Audry and Loup Rouge have recently teamed up with their partners to form La Causa NYC, a collective that aims to support various causes in the US and Latin America through music and education.

March, 2018

THEATER FOR MIGRANT CHILDREN

MUSIC AND EMIGRATION

Creative Director | Producer

On the first edition of Art & Activism, we talked with awarded playwright, director, actress and writer Lupe Gehrenbeck who had recently developed a theater workshop for migrant children who arrive to Chiapas (Mexico) from Central America. The second artist feature was musician and composer Luis D’Elias whose music aims to shine a light on Venezuelan music and the experiences of immigrants. He performed at the end of the evening.

The interviews were led by award winning author Keila Vall De la Ville.

LUPE GEHRENBECK

Playwright and Director 

Lupe Gehrenbeck is an awarded playwright, director, actress and writer. Her work has been produced and performed in theaters across Latin America, Europe, and the United States. She’s part of the Director’s Unit (Estelle Parsons) and the Playwrights Directos Workshop at the Actors Studio. Lupe has recently developed a theater workshop for migrant children who arrive to Chiapas (Mexico) from Central America. The workshop is organized with the support of UNESCO, UN, and migration specialists working in Tapachula (south border of Mexico). The main goal of the workshop is to use theater methodology to empower and promote resilience in this vulnerable population.

LUIS D’ELIAS

Musician

Luis D’Elias is a Venezuelan composer, guitarist and founder of the Alternative Latin band, New Caracas, a multi-cultural ensemble dedicated to exploring the fusion heritage of South American rhythms with contemporary styles. His new album weaves a collection of songs inspired by the Latin American diaspora. It aims to shine a light on Venezuelan music and the experiences of immigrants.

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