Hemispheric New York Events

Hemispheric New York features special programs, such as EMERGENYC (EMERGENYC), lectures, film series, conferences, and performance workshops, some of which are exclusively for members, and some which are open to the public at large. Below are upcoming and recent events.

Artist Talk | "Re-imagining Existence: Migrant Artists in Conversation"


Thursday, June 22, 2017 
6:30-8:30 pm

"Re-imagining Existence" will be an intimate conversation between queer undocumented, formerly undocumented, and migrant artists, filmmakers, poets, performers, DJs, and writers discussing multidimensional, futuristic ways of existing, surviving, and creating during this heightened anti-immigrant political climate. The artists will discuss how they are expanding and recreating possible worlds without borders through poetry, virtual reality, music, and language. Performances will close the event.

Artists include: Frisly Soberanis Jr.Jennifer TamayoAlan PelaezThanu Yakupitiyage, and Rommy Torrico.
Moderated by Sonia Guiñansaca.

Frisly Soberanis is a 23-year-old director and video artist, from Queens, New York via Guatemala. He grew up filming quinceañeras and bodas, and with the help of a wonderful community, has grown in the video and cinema arts. He is currently working as the co-lead for the Family Reunions Project, a 360° video/virtual reality project that explores how technology can challenge borders and reshape the way we think of memories and messages. The project has received funding from E4FC’s Fuse fund, the Tribeca Film Institute's New Media (nonfiction) Prototype Fund, and Culturestrike, where he is currently an Artist in Residence. Frisly is interested in migration & borders, sci-fi, space, masculinity and other gender expressions, and wishes to explore how immigrant experiences might look in the next 200 years. He loves thunderstorms and family, loves chilaquiles (but can’t take the heat), is fascinated with light and sound, and loves to play video games, especially ones with a great story. 

Jennif(f)er Tamayo is a queer, migrant, latinx poet, Cancer/Leo essayist, and performer. JT is the daughter of Nancy, Flora, Leonor, Sol, and Ana. Her collections include [Red Missed Aches] (Switchback, 2011) selected by Cathy Park Hong for the Gatewood Prize (2010), Poems are the Only Real Bodies (Bloof Books 2013), DORA/ANA/GUATAVIT@ (RSH 2016) and YOU DA ONE (2017 reprint Noemi Books & Letras Latinas's Akrilica Series). Her essays and poetry have been published in Poetry, Best American Experimental Poetry, Mandorla: Writing from the Americas, Bettering American Poetry 2015, MICE, and Angels of the Americlypse; An Anthology of New Latin@ Writing. She has held a CantoMundo fellowship and is an EMERGENYC ('16) alum. Currently, JT lives in California and is thinking about resistant, decolonial practices of voice(ing). You can find their writing and art at

Alan Pelaez Lopez is a poet and adornment artist from Oaxaca, México. They are a contributing writer for Everyday Feminism where they write about Afro-Latinidad, queer and trans activism, and undocumented immigration. Their essays, poetry and political analysis have appeared in Black Girl DangerousFusion MagazineThe Feminist Wire, Colorlines, and more. Recently, Alan has been named one of “10 Up and Coming Latinx Poets You Need to Know” by Remezcla magazine and one of “10 Poets for the Revolution” by Best American Poetry blog. Follow them at
Thanu Yakupitiyage is challenging geopolitical and sonic borders whether she’s coordinating or marching in a rally for immigrants' rights or spinning tracks after hours as a DJ. Formerly the Senior Communications Manager at the NY Immigration Coalition, Thanu is now the U.S Communications Manager at Her debut mixtape "Foreign Brown" was released in 2013. DJ Ushka is a Sri Lankan-born, Thailand-raised, Brooklyn-living migrant. She is an activist, cultural organizer, and DJ who brings together diverse interests in electronic and bass music, immigration activism, and cultural organizing. Learn more about them at

Rommy Torrico is a queer, undocumented artivist born in Iquique, Chile, raised in Naples, Florida, and has recently moved to NY/NJ. Rommy has been involved in the (im)migrant rights struggle for several years and infuses much of their work with personal experience and the stories their community shares. Their work has been exhibited in California, DC, and NYC. You can find more about them on and follow them on IG: @Rommyyy123).

Sonia Guiñansaca: Queer Migrant Poet, Cultural Organizer, and Activist from Harlem by way of Ecuador. Guiñansaca has founded some of the first creative artistic projects  and performance spaces by and for migrant undocumented writers/artists. Guiñansaca a VONA/Voices alumni has performed at El Museo Del Barrio, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, NY Poetry Festival, Galleria de La Raza, and featured on NBC, PBS, Latina Magazine, Pen American, and the Poetry Foundation to name a few. She has presented keynotes, workshops, and panels at universities throughout the country. Named as 1 of "10 Up and Coming Latinx Poets You Need to Know" by Remezcla, as well as one of 13 Coolest Queers on the Internet by Teen Vogue, and a 2017 Artist in Residence at the Hemispheric Institute. She is now the Managing Director at CultureStrike, a national arts and culture organization rooted on cultural and narrative shift. Follow their work on Twitter/IG:  @thesoniag or

Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor Conference Room
New York, NY 10003

Artist Talk |"Temporal Incidence and Continuous Dissidence in Contemporary Hispano-American Performance Art"

APLAB Temporal

Thursday, May 4, 2017
6:30-8:30 pm

This presentation outlines the work of artists who participated in the program organized and curated by Hector Canonge, "Temporal Incidence and Continuous Dissidence," during the Hemispheric Institute's Xº Encuentro that took place in Santiago, Chile (July 17-23, 2016).

As members of the transcontinental network, ARTerial PERFORMANCE LAB (APLAB), created by Canonge in 2013, selected artists explored issues related to traversed identities, constructed sovereignties, peripheral domains, and territorial rootedness. The indoor and outdoor performances brought local voices who raised questions about the present state of Artivism (activism + art) in the region.

Participating artists:
Daniel Acosta (Argentina), Neda Godoy (Chile), Adrían Gómez (Cuba), Isabel Jordán Bruno (Bolivia), Clara Macias Carcedo (Mexico), Rossella Matamoros (Costa Rica), Ana Carolina Izquierdo (Peru), Graciela Ovejero Postigo (Argentina), Veronica Peña (Spain), Wagner Rossi Campos (Brazil), Leonardo Salazar (Chile), and Leyneuf Tines (Colombia). Photography: Gonzalo Tejeda (Chile). Organized and curated by Hector Canonge (United States).

ARTerial Performance Lab (APLAB) was initiated in 2013 by NYC-based, interdisciplinary artist Hector Canonge. Since its inception, the project’s mission has been to connect Latin American artists whose practice involves and explores Live Action Art. As a collective, APLAB, and its continental network, has organized presentations in Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. In 2016, APLAB presented a special program for the Xº Encuentro in Santiago, Chile, featuring artists from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Spain, and the United States. 

Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor Conference Room
New York, NY 10003


Critical Tactics Lab | "Art in a Time of Monsters" with Raquel de Anda and Gan Golan

p10 climate march

Thursday, April 13, 2017
6-8 pm

"The old world is dying, and the new world struggles to be born: now is the time of monsters."

In a time of mass upheaval, where millions of people are stepping from the sidelines into action, what’s the relationship between urgent mobilizations and long-term organizing? How can art play a critical role in facilitating this connection? 
Raquel de Anda and Gan Golan will speak about their work on mobilizations such as the Peoples Climate March, as well as other artist-based projects including Project Row Houses, to illuminate key tactics and strategies for strengthening our efforts in the coming years.

Raquel de Anda is an independent curator and cultural producer based in Brooklyn, NY. De Anda began her career as Associate Curator at Galería de la Raza, a contemporary Latino arts organization in San Francisco, CA (2003-2010) and has continued to support the production of socially engaged artwork in both Mexico and the United States. Her work spans a variety of practices, including producing trans-media film-based projects, organizing public interventions and mass mobilizations, and curating exhibitions at museums, galleries and alternative arts spaces across the US. Recent exhibitions include Shattering the Concrete: Artists, Activists and Instigators (Project Row Houses, Houston, TX), The Ripple Effect: Currents of Socially Engaged Art (Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, D.C.), Art in Odd Places intervention festival (NYC), and overseeing creative production for the historic People’s Climate March (NYC), with hundreds of artists and 400,000 people participating. Raquel is a contributor to and Arts in a Changing America. She is a 2014 member of the Laundromat Project's Artist and Community Council. De Anda's work has been covered in numerous media outlets including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Huffington Post and The Washington Post.

Gan Golan is a New York Times bestselling author and artist. He has spent the last two decades on the front lines of social justice movements throughout the US and abroad, from housing and labor rights, to climate and economic justice. His books include the bestseller Goodnight Bush and the critically-acclaimed graphic novel The Adventures of Unemployed Man. As an artist, he has designed rock music posters for Erykah Badu, Queen Latifah, Willie Nelson, Nick Cave and the Foo Fighters. Gan's work combines grassroots community organizing with high-profile, media-genic public spectacles that shift popular narratives and mobilize communities. Recently, he helped design the largest climate mobilization in history, The People's Climate March. He has personal understanding of the critical important of citizen’s right to film police. In 2003, while attending a peaceful protest in Miami, Florida he was unlawfully arrested, beaten and then forced to stand trial. Upon witnessing video evidence shot by bystanders, the judge dismissed all charges against him. Golan’s work has been featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes Magazine, BBC, CNN, MSNBC, The SF Chronicle, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and Wired Magazine.

Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor Conference Room
New York, NY 10003