La Guerra De Los Dos Lados / The War on Both Sides

Event has passed (Wed Aug 14, 2013 - Wed Aug 14, 2013)
Intersection for the Arts
Arts, City


In the face of violence, what is our responsibility? Join us for a roundtable discussion with award-winning journalist, author, and performer Rubén Martínez and performer, writer, and cultural organizer Raquel Gutiérrez as they share their work and thoughts about the role of the artist in addressing the violence plaguing Mexico and the U.S. and the impact felt on both sides of the border.

This event is held in conjunction with Intersection’s current exhibition Evidence: Artistic Responses to the Drug Cartel Wars on view through August 31, 2013 in the gallery.

Rubén Martínez is an award-winning journalist, author and performer. His interests vary widely; among the topics he examines in his courses are mixed-genre writing, post-colonial literatures and disapora, and the peculiar particulars of Los Angeles (his hometown) and the American West.

His essays, opinions and reportage have appeared in such publications as the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Salon, Village Voice, The Nation, Spin, Sojourners, and Mother Jones. He is the recipient of a Lannan Foundation Fellowship in Non Fiction, a Loeb Fellowship from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, a Freedom of Information Award from the ACLU, a Greater Press Club of Los Angeles Award of Excellence, and an Emmy Award for hosting PBS-affiliate KCET-TV’s Life & Times.

Raquel Gutiérrez is a performer, writer, actor, curator, playwright, and cultural organizer; writes on queerness, music, film, performance and community building and creates original solo and ensemble performance compositions. Raquel earned her MA in Performance Studies from New York University in 2004. She is an expert in creating artist-community partnerships for a range of institutional and community-based organizations.

Raquel is a co-founding member of the performance ensemble, Butchlalis de Panochtitlan (BdP), a community-based and activist-minded group aimed at creating a visual vernacular around queer Latinidad in Los Angeles. Raquel also co-founded other queer women of color projects and Los Angeles-specific art projects: Tongues, A Project of VIVA and Epicentro Poetry project. Raquel has published work, most recently in Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing (edited by Lázaro Lima and Felice Picano) and the upcoming edition of The Portland Review. Currently, Raquel is working on a few essays about her favorite performance and visual artists and the state of art and community-building as well as a novel.

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