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Reclaiming the Commons of Contemporary Art

  • Oakland City Hall 1 Frank H Ogawa Plaza Oakland, CA, 94612 United States (map)

The fraught nature of the relationships among capital, philanthropic networks, and the art industry threatens creative sustainability. MATATU's Angela Anderson Guerrero leads a conversation addressing the triumphs and contradictions of independent spaces that seek to activate anti-capitalist movement and promote culture makers’ fight for equity.

Oakland Book Festival
City of Oakland City Hall
Hearing Room 4 • 3:30-4:45
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MAURICIO MARCIN ALVAREZ is the co-founder of Mexico City based Aeromoto, an independent contemporary art and cultural public library and venue, with Maru Calva, Macarena Hernández and Jerónimo Rüedi. He currently works in publishing house Ediciones MP, and previously as curator at Museo Experimental El Eco from 2012-2017. 

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SOFÍA CÓRDOVA is an Oakland-based artist, performer, scholar, and singer-song writer whose existential crisis birthed the project, XUXA SANTAMARIA as an alter ego “who was born in 1492 with the arrival of Columbus to the Caribbean.” Together with her partner and collaborator, musician Matt Gonzalez Kirkland, they produce dance music because they see pleasurable experiences like pop music and dance parties as situations in which painful questions of identity, history, and belonging reside.

ANGELA 'MICTLANXOCHITL' ANDERSON is curatorial support of MATATU, a five-year collective and publicly accessible transportation system producing art, film, and social justice events centering the testimonies of the global diaspora. In addition, she weaves trans-territorial collaborations and narratives with sound artists, indigenous spiritual communities, and integral education between Mexico City and the Bay.