January 28, 2020
“Join us to welcome the 2020 Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts- Project Row Houses Fellows Nicoletta Darita de la Brown and José Eduardo Sánchez. The two Fellows will share prior work and provide guiding questions and ideas about their upcoming Fellowship year. The lectures will be held in UH’s Dudley Hall at 4188 Elgin Street. Dudley Hall is located in the Fine Arts Building at University of Houston, parking is available in Lot 16 across from the Blaffer Art Museum.
Nicoletta Darita de la Brown is a Maryland-based performance artist, filmmaker, and self-love champion. She is the founder of Vida Mágica Love, a creative platform dedicated to healing-centered services. She produces audience participatory engagements through interactive workshops, immersive activations, and multi-sensory experiences. Nicoletta is adjunct faculty at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art).
The Fellowship allows de la Brown to expand on her prior project “Spirit / Art,” that investigates divine feminine self-healing through reconstruction and re-definition with the use of video, sound, poetry, performance art, and immersive sculptural installation as creative tools. Central to her research in the upcoming Fellowship year are the questions:
Who heals the healers? How do those who take care of others restore themselves? What if all public space is safe space? What if art is used as a tool to build community and promote self-healing? What if everyone practiced self-love out-loud?
José Eduardo Sánchez is a queer, immigrant cultural organizer, language worker, and popular educator based in Texas. His artistic vision challenges neoliberal individualization and the white spatial imaginary by conjuring the self-determination, resilience, and solidarity of marginalized peoples. He does this by creating invitations for communities in struggle to experience the alchemy of food, language, memory, and other forms of life-making as a way to prefigure and actualize collective healing, justice, and liberation.
Through the Fellowship, he is “interested in exploring, examining, and experimenting with the use of food as a language of confrontation in the context of placemaking in the Third Ward. The fellowship will allow me to work with Third Ward’s residents to explore and document the language of food in the community. By engaging with the community, from the restaurant to the home kitchen (and everything in between), I would like to start developing a glossary that can help translate this community language and begin decoding and examining what it can help us articulate.”
$5 Parking is available near Blaffer Museum in lot 16.”
4800 Calhoun Road, 1st Floor of the Fine Arts Building, entrance 16 off Cullen Blvd.
Houston, 77004 TX