Pocha's Working Methods
The workshop was directed towards performance composition from a perspective based in acknowledging differences, otherness: collaborative work with our most diverse "other", and the awareness of belonging to a community (built in the workshop' s here and now) were the departing points. From there it was proposed the construction of individual and group images that, in the fashion of the dioramas that are characteristic of Gómez Peña' s work, problematize our modes of perceiving and being perceived in a given culture.
This approach that was enacted in the workshop is part of the experience that Gómez Peña and Ybarra realize with their collective “Pocha Nostra” in the US west coast. More information: www.pochanostra.com
Guillermo Gómez-Peña is a performance artist/writer and the director of the transnational arts collective La Pocha Nostra. He was born in Mexico City and came to the US in 1978. Since then he has been exploring cross-cultural issues with the use of performance, multilingual poetry, journalism, video, radio, and installation art. His performance work and eight books have contributed to the debates on cultural diversity, identity, and US-Mexico relations. His art work has been presented at over seven hundred venues across the US, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Russia and Australia. He is a MacArthur Fellow, American Book Award winner, and a Senior Fellow of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. He is a regular contributor to National Public Radio, a writer for newspapers and magazines in the US, Mexico, and Europe, and a contributing editor to The Drama Review (NYU-MIT).