Yoshua Okon and Sergio De La Torre featured in ¡Oye, Mira! Reflective Approaches in Contemporary Latin American Video Art

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¡Oye, Mira!: Reflective Approaches in Contemporary Latin American Video Art (curated by Tony Labat) brings together a selection of artists from Latin America who use video as a tool of reflection and contemplation, exploring relationships of identity to site, history, and memory. These artists play an important role as mediators in the geo-political landscape, seeking to place their work within the context of place/site and the intersection of high culture and daily life. In the featured works, materiality, form, and concept come together in an expression of each artist’s personal values and experience of the world. These range from place-specific issues of social justice and political oppression to the universal concerns of love and family.

Featuring a selection of works from Cuba, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, and Bolivia, all created in the last 12 years, the exhibition considers a wide range of approaches to production and display, including the use of the “loop,” narrative structures, sculptural installations/environments, and dialogues with complementary two-dimensional works. Audience participation will also be an integral part of the exhibition through an interactive video lounge with flavors of a Cuban café and live performances and dancing during the opening reception.

Since the early 1970s, the New Genres Department at the San Francisco Art Institute has been a pioneer in performance, moving image, and installation, and a breeding ground for work at the intersection of the three mediums. As one of the first graduates of the New Genres program and now Faculty Director of MFA programs at SFAI, curator Tony Labat, a Cuban native, has been an integral part of the development of New Genres since its inception. He continues to explore cross-disciplinary art production through teaching, curating, and his own practice.

Participating artists:
Edgardo Aragón (Mexico)
Alexandre Arrechea (Cuba)
Miguel Calderón (Mexico)
Humberto Díaz (Cuba)
Felipe Dulzaides (Cuba)
Ana Teresa Fernandez (Mexico)
Luis Gárciga (Cuba)
Claudia Joskowicz (Bolivia)
leonardogillesfleur (Argentina)
Julio Cesar Morales (Mexico)
Yoshua Okon (Mexico)
Eamon Ore-Giron (Peru)
Amapola Prada (Peru)
Maya Watanabe (Peru)

Opening reception performance: Los Jaichackers (9–10pm)
Los Jaichackers (Spanglish for “The Hijackers”is a collaboration between artists Eamon Ore-Giron (based in Los Angeles) and Julio Cesar Morales (based in San Francisco and Phoenix). Functioning as a creative consultancy as well as an artistic collaboration, Los Jaichackers produce music, film, sculpture, installation, performance, and music videos as well as curate programs enlisting the talents of bands, guest lecturers, and performers with the goal of tracing the global DNA of emerging musical subcultures in Latin America, the border, the United States, and abroad.

Special thanks to the Kadist Art Foundation

San Francisco Art Institute
Founded in 1871, the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), a nonprofit art institution, is a vital convening place for arts communities and an international leader in fine arts education. A small school with global impact—notable faculty and alumni include Richard Diebenkorn, Ansel Adams, Annie Leibovitz, Enrique Chagoya, Kathryn Bigelow, Peter Pau, Paul Kos, George Kuchar, Catherine Opie, Lance Acord, Barry McGee, and Kehinde Wiley—SFAI enrolls approximately 650 students in undergraduate and graduate programs, and offers extensive continuing education courses and public programs. The Walter and McBean Galleries at SFAI’s historic Russian Hill campus house exhibitions, workshops, and other alternative and experimental avenues for presenting work by international contemporary artists.