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Celebrating the Life

April 2, 2012 - 9:31am

 The Benson Latin American Collection celebrates its tenth annual salute to Latino culture, ¡A Viva Voz!, with a pair of artists whose work draws upon new media and information technology to inform and provoke dialogue on Latino cultural and political issues. 

A Viva Voz! presents “Filmformance and Hacktivism: New Directions in Latin@ Performance,” with performance artist Nao Bustamante (New Media and Live Art, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) and new media activist artist Ricardo Domínguez (Visual Arts, University of California San Diego) at the Benson Latin American Collection in Sid Richardson Hall, from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, April 12. The event is free and open to the public.  
Bustamante’s work employs video installation, visual art, filmmaking and writing, but is perhaps best known for her absorbing and sometimes outrageous performance art. Popularly known for her appearance in the Bravo Network television show “A Work of Art: The Next Great Artist,” she has also exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the New York Museum of Modern Art, the Sundance Film Festival and the Kiasma Museum of Helsinki.
Domínguez is a co-founder of the Electronic Disturbance Theater, a group who developed Virtual-Sit-In technologies in 1998 in solidarity with the Zapatista communities in Chiapas, Mexico. His recent projects include the Transborder Immigrant Tool, a GPS cellphone safety net tool for crossing the Mexico/U.S border and “Drones at Home,” an exhibition on drones, drone economies and art.
Associate Director of the university’s Center for Mexican American Studies Dr. Nicole Guidotti-Hernández will provide opening remarks and a reception with light refreshments will follow the presentation.
¡A Viva Voz! was developed by former Benson Director Ann Hartness to highlight the library's broad Mexican American/U.S. Latino resources, engage the local community and to celebrate U.S. Latino culture. Past events have featured speakers and performers from a variety of fields, including Afro-Latin funk band Ocote Soul Sounds, renowned Chicana artist Carmen Lomas Garza, author David Rice, actor Luis Avalos and comic artists Los Bros Hernandez.
The Benson Latin American Collection, a unit of the University of Texas Libraries, is a specialized research library focusing on materials from and about Latin America, and on materials relating to Latinos in the United States. The library’s collections are comprised of over one million items including books, manuscripts, maps, photographs and art.

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