Fri, Dec 3, 2021

2 PM – 3 PM PST (GMT-8)

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Art Talk with the post-Mexican artist and composer Guillermo Galindo on his upcoming Native/Non Native/ Supernatural exhibition at the S/A Exhibitions Gallery. Liliana Ramirez, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology, will moderate the Q & A following Galindo's talk. (Note: Registration not required)

Building on previous projects, Sonic Botany and Sonic Biogenesis, Galindo calls for an ethno-futurist "window" to imagine a parallel reality without physical borders. Native | Non Native | Supernatural, Galindo presents a collection of sonic scores and imaginary graphic representations of post-apocalyptic mutant jungles and rituals. Galindo considers how current systems of power continue to alternate human environments. Such alterations include the violent desecration of Native American sacred burial sites at the U.S./Mexico border. Central to this project, Galindo asks: How are human borders different from environmental borders, and what is the symbolic meaning of native versus nonnative elements in nature?

In 2011, Galindo began a collaborative project with photographer Richard Misrach called "Border Cantos." "Border Cantos" included Misrach's photographs of the U.S./Mexico border and Galindo's sonic devices created from objects left behind by undocumented migrants crossing the border. This project resulted in an award-winning book that included Misrach's photographs, Galindo's sonic devices, and graphic musical scores. In 2017, he continued his work on border issues through his solo project Fluchtzieleuropaschiffbruchschallkörper for documentary14, where he included two immigrant boats abandoned in Lesbos.

That same year, the Getty's Pacific Standard Time biennale included Galindo's solo exhibit Sonic Botany, an installation commenting on genetics and colonization and the environment in a post-apocalyptic world. Sonic Botany later evolved to become Sonic Biogenesis, shown at the Huntington Library in Pasadena, California. These two projects became the foundation for his current project, Native | Non Native | Supernatural.

Guillermo Galindo teaches at the California College of Arts in San Francisco. He has been a Mohr Visiting Artist at Stanford University (2018), a resident artist at Vanderbilt University, and a Thomas P. Johnson Distinguished Visiting Scholar 2019 at the Rollins Cornell Arts Museum. Additionally, he is a recipient of the Fleishhacker Foundation Eureka Grant. The UFUNAM (Mexico University Orchestra) and the Oakland Symphony Orchestra and Choir have commissioned his orchestral compositions.

This art talk is organized by Liliana Ramirez, an Anthropology Ph.D. candidate and, Dr. Keith Murphy, professor in the Department of Anthropology. This talk is made possible with the support of Illuminations, the S/A Exhibitions Gallery, and the Department of Anthropology.

The grand opening of Native/Non Native/ Supernatural exhibition will take place at the S/A Exhibitions Gallery on December 4, 2021 from 2-8pm (free for all).

Image Photo Credit: Zen Cohen

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