While in graduate school, I was living in NY really missing my home back in Calexico. I remembered the border life I left behind, “just for an education.” A piece of paper my family said.
My father, especially, was thoroughly against me going to New York. He wanted me to stay with him in Hawaii the summer of 2004.
I made a Serialist piece my first semester because my funding was coming from EMPAC and I wanted to learn all I knew about Experimental Media.
Then I felt stupid. I felt like the stories of the border needed to be told in New York.
I felt like I was living a strange “artistic” vaccum with no reality.
Well, I started this journey into Mexico with a few grand in hand (of my own) and created this very short film inspired by a book called, “Virgin or Vamp: How the press covers sex crimes.” By Bagadikian
here it is.
Basically, I emailed everyone and the only women that responded before my flight into Mexico were these women. Marisela y Norma. These women have worked with everyone from Coco Fusco, Lourdes Portillo, to later, Jennifer Lopez via Gregory Nava.
My contribution to this issue was minimal at best; but long term, I may have put a face to the activists online. I hope I didn’t cause them any harm, however. I am here in Hawaii, literally in an island; However, the women are still at the epicenter of Danger.
One of my collaborators was killed in Juarez, many have now fled Mexico to try to avoid the dangers of being there.
I completed this research the fall of 2006;
I just began to work on Art again. It was definitely safer.
Norma, the president of this non-profit, in my film has since been shot five times and my collaborator and guide Rawi is now in exile in the US.
Where to go if you love the Arts and you’ve already done the brochure thing? In no particular order.
#1: FreshCafe Hawaii (Kakaako) also known as the Loft in Space (Contemporary Art Gallery & Loft / art venue)
#2: OngKing (Chinatown)
#4:Urban 808 (Kakaako) I like the artists John Prime’s work and Sierra et. al.
#5: Indigenous International Gallery aka Two Eye’s Gallery [sic] (pun intended)
#6: Fresh Cafe, again…. lol
Special events that Fresh Cafe puts on that are my favorite
#1: InstaHawaii parties organized by Ian Kai
Yes, he recreates and analog party of curated instagrams, with little heart stickers, you can “like” your favorite printed instagram. The one with the most hearts (votes) wins.
Great concept. Great Party. Great fun.
#2: Cinematheque: Movie nights for intellectuals
#3: Pow Wow Hawaii events, happens once a year, organized by Jasper Wong and a huge collective of local and international artists and enthusiasts.