Performance by Guillermo Gómez-Peña and James Luna
Co-presented by Tribe, Neutral Ground, and Sâkêwêwak
Monday March 14th, 2011, 8 PM
424 20th Street West
Thursday March 17th, 2011, 8 PM
2nd Floor, 1856 Scarth Street
Since the early 1990s, conceptual artist James Luna and performance artist/writer Guillermo Gómez-Peña have worked on an ongoing project titled The Shame-man meets El Mexican't, in which they challenge assumptions and lazy thinking about ethnicity and culture in our society with a strong dose of melancholic humour and sharp-edged conceptualism. By using performance, writing, photography and video, the artists have remained flexible and relevant to our shifting culture.
La Nostalgia Remix is the last project in The Shame-man… series, which was launched in 2007 and uses nostalgia as style, a form of resistance and reinvention. Remix is a series of live performances that explore the cultural, symbolic and iconographic dimensions of nostalgia both on the Native American "rez" and in the Chicano "barrio."
James Luna (Puyukitchum/Luiseno) resides on the La Jolla Indian Reservation in North County San Diego, California. Luna’s exhibition and performance experience spans 30 years. His installations have been described as transforming gallery spaces into battlefields, where the audience is confronted with the nature of cultural identity, the tensions generated by cultural isolation, and the dangers of cultural misinterpretations, all from an Indigenous perspective.
Performance artist/writer Guillermo Gómez-Peña resides in San Francisco, where he is artistic director of La Pocha Nostra, a "trans-disciplinary arts organization that provides a base for a loose network and forum of rebel artists from various disciplines, generations and ethnic backgrounds".
This project is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Saskatchewan Arts Board, SaskLotteries, and the City of Regina