Future Now // Futura Ahora calls to attention the movement of artists reclaiming and reconfiguring their cultural disposition and narratives with society at large. Through sound, installation, literature, and visual arts each artist presents compelling possibilities for the future by embracing and reclaiming their histories, traditions, and present-day experiences.
During Atomic Culture’s curatorial artist residency at the Loisaida Center. They will bringing together 15 artists native to the southwest United States, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, and California to discuss futurism and geopolitics. Futurism is not just about technology but an act of self preservation and concern toward the creation and dismemberment of invisible borders, pillaging of natural resources, and colonization. Through decolonization and reclamation of traditions, personal culture, land and natural medicine.
Within the exhibition and workshops each artist addresses these issues blending their complex histories with a contemporary perspective creating a new trajectory.
Future Now/Futura Ahora will host multiple workshops on reclaiming use of the land and the natural remedies she provides you, discussions and screenings on chicanx futurism. The exhibition serving as a catalyst to discuss and initiate thinking and being in a time of increased tension and unknown.
Opening - February 4, 2017: Cultural Workers will perform followed by a discussion on the history and uses of the Agave. Tequila and Mezcal Tasting.
February 11, 2017: Nativa Remedies by Celeste Casillas: Community workshop on how to use traditional herbs in modern daily life and creating at home remedies influenced by elder and ancestral healing methods and the passing down of stories. Participants will make a salve to take home.
Rauschque workshop: creating small-scale altars from found or assisted objects that talk about cultural memory.
March 2017 TBD: Film Screening, Performance, and Discussion on using Art and Filmmaking to confront neo-colonialism on the US/MEXICO border.
TBD: Mural Workshop with Navajo and Chicana Muralist Nani Chacon
Cognitive mapping: realizing your space in a neighborhood