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Loved: Guillermo Gomez-Pena & James Luna in Performance

Last night we went to a performance by Guillermo Gómez-Peña, who we had seen a few years ago at MOCCA and blogged about HERE, this time together with the American First Nations artist James Luna.

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Guillermo Gomez-Pena with curator Philip Monk. Image: VoCA

La Nostalgia Remix is the last in a series of projects called 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.”

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.”

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Luna introducing the Artifact Piece. Image: VoCA

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James Luna’s recreation of Artifact Piece. Image: VoCA

The evening swung between Gomez-Pena’s pieces and works by Luna, including a reworking of the latter’s famous Artifact Piece piece from 1987, in which he lay inside a display case at the San Diego Museum of Man, surrounded by some of his belongings, legal papers and labels describing his scars. James Luna has been described as “a visionary, a truth teller, a romantic, and a hanging judge.” – Read more from that essay, by Paul Chaat Smith, HERE.

Gomez-Pena’s piece recalled his earlier MOCCA performance, but was no less powerful, at one point involving members from the audience including AGYU York University gallery director/curator Philip Monk (photo above).

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Gomez-Pena faces a blonde. Image: VoCA

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Image: VoCA

The evening also involved Rebecca Belmore, the First Nations artist who is currently involved in a deplorable legal suit with her former dealer, Pari Nadimi, and who recently yelled “I quit!” after a Vancouver performance. She recreated her cry last night, echoed by Luna’s statement “She’ll be back”, to a round of applause.

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The cast receives a long round of applause. Image: VoCA

Read more on Guillermo Gomez-Pena and La Pocha Nostra HERE, and the Toronto Free Gallery, that co-presented the event, HERE.

ImagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival, which ran from October 20-24, HERE.

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