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Mary DeMocker, Co-founder and Creative Director of 350 Eugene

Gómez-Peña, Guillermo, & La Pocha Nostra

Guillermo Gómez-Peña is a Mexico City-born performance artist, activist and writer who came to the United States in 1978. A MacArthur Fellow and American Book Award recipient, his mixed-genre work ranges from short videos and public and interactive performances to newspaper and radio commentaries. He explores cross-cultural issues, including borders, citizenship, immigration and the politics and power of language. For example, in his video “El Leonard Cojen (Cohen) de Tijuana” he mixes Spanish and English with the intention of making a monolingual  American feel incompetent. In 1993 Gómez-Peña founded the international collaboration and network of artists “La Pocha Nostra,” with over thirty associates worldwide. Their perhaps most significant contributions are interactive “living museums” that parody colonial practices of representation, much like Gómez-Peña’s earlier “Couple in the Cage.”


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