Join me this evening at the Hyde Park Art Center for a Talking Point event featuring Elvia Rodriguez-Ochoa. She'll be giving an overview of the history of polvo and a bit on her own studio practice. Polvo is the long time Pilsen-based collective endeavor of Elvia, Miguel Cortez, and Jesus Macarena-Avila. Polvo has been an exhibition space, publishing collective, and art group, and exists for the moment mainly as a mailing list, website, and occasional magazine.
The Zapatista movement in Chiapas broke into global public consciousness fifteen years ago this past New Year's Day. On the first day of 1994, the day NAFTA went into effect, through an armed uprising the EZLN made public their resistence to the signing of that treaty, and their militant resistance to the Mexican government's anti-indigenous policies. The term 'neoliberal' from that moment on gained increasingly widespread use in the North American left's analytical vocabulary. The EZLN struggle was one of the factors informing polvo from the outset. The three artist-organizers saw parallels between the Zapatista analysis and the kinds of inequities and speculative investment going on around them in Chicago.
It's a changed world in some significant ways, but the critiques advanced over the years by the EZLN remain largely correct. Mostly, conditions have gotten only worse and/or more urgent for the world's poor and working people, and especially the indigenous peoples. Good time to revisit!
6:00-8:00 PM @
Hyde Park Art Center
5020 S. Cornell Avenue
Chicago, IL 60615