Alan Pelaez Lopez is represented by YNME Creatives as of Sept 2020
Performances with Live Dialogue (Alan + Ariana)
1hr 30 minutes
Ariana Brown and Alan Pelaez Lopez’s Fall 2021 tour, We Are Owed, explores the history of enslaved Black people in the U.S. and Mexico, loneliness, and migration while centering articulations, demands, and visions of Black freedom in our contemporary moment. Named after Brown’s debut poetry collection, We Are Owed., is an interactive artistic experience between both poets. Pelaez Lopez will share work from a manuscript-in-progress that envisions a Black future free of nation-states, and Brown will read from her debut collection committed to a Black consciousness that doesn’t leave anyone in the Americas behind. Intimate question and answer sessions will follow the readings.
Artist Talks (Alan)
Art as Civil Disobedience: Taking Our Stories Back : Artists are often taken-for-granted contributors to social movements. In this art talk, Alan Pelaez Lopez will share their experience as a young undocumented, Black queer organizer in the migrant justice movement. They’ll talk about the ethics of storytelling, why stories matter, and the dangers that exist when allies become surrogate storytellers for communities they are not a part of. This art talk features Pelaez Lopez’s artistic contributions to various social movements while also highlighting five currently and formerly undocumented Black migrant artists.
Demanding Better Care: On Community Organizing, Accountability, & Future-Making: In this artist talk, Alan Pelaez Lopez writes to Ms. Marsha P. Johson in the hopes that the writing can offer the activist, now ancestor, care. In writing to Ms. Marsha P. Johnson, Alan Pelaez Lopez weaves their story as an artist and organizer to explore moments where they needed care but did not know how to ask for it. In centering the lessons that Black, transgender, migrant organizers have taught them in conjunction with Ms. Marsha P. Johnson, Pelaez Lopez’s art-talk serves as a manifesto of how to think with (and about) accountability and futures where trans Black migrants no longer live in the absence of care but in excess of care.
Writing Workshops (Alan + Ariana)
1hr 30 minutes
We Are Owed: This workshop serves as a meditative space where writers dialogue with the changes they wish to see in the dominant culture so that easier and better worlds can be actualized. As a group, we will discuss the work of trans, Black filmmaker and writer Tourmaline while also developing pieces about what we are owed as individuals and what we’re willing to give up. In doing this work, we begin to build a toolbox for the future and the present.
Gender, Sexuality, Freedom: Gender and sexuality inform not only how we see ourselves, but how we experience the world. In this workshop, we will explore how gender and sexual orientation affect our relationships to power and freedom.
Caring for Each Other: Since oppressive logics such as white supremacy and capitalism inform our relationships with others, it is crucial to ask: how can we provide better care to one another? This workshop explores how we understand collective care and political solidarity as part of the journey toward liberation for all.
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