LUNA, James

James Luna and Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Singers v. 2 2010 PHOTO RJ Muna

La Nostalgia Remix
Guillermo Gómez-Peña & James Luna
Saturday October 23 8 pm
Tranzac Club

Presented by Red Sky Performance and Toronto Free Gallery with the support of Ryerson Gallery and Research Centre and The Trudeau Foundation. Co-presented in association with the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and 7a*11d.

La Nostalgia Remix is the last project in The Shame-man… series, which was launched in 2007 and uses nostalgia as style, a form of resistance, and reinvention. Remix is a series of live performances that explore the cultural, symbolic, and iconographic dimensions of nostalgia both on the Native American ‘rez’ and in the Chicano ‘barrio.’ Since the early ’90s, performance artist/writer Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Native American conceptual artist James Luna have worked on the ongoing project The Shame-man meets El Mexican’t, in which they challenge assumptions and lazy thinking about race and culture in our society with a strong dose of melancholic humour and sharp-edged conceptualism. By using performance, writing, photography and video, the artists have remained flexible and relevant to our shifting culture.

James Luna (Puyukitchum/Luiseño) resides on the La Jolla Indian Reservation in North County, San Diego, California. His installations have been described as transforming gallery spaces into battlefields, where the audience is confronted with the nature of cultural identity, the tensions generated by cultural isolation and the dangers of cultural misinterpretations, from an Indigenous perspective.

Performance artist/writer Guillermo Gómez-Peña resides in San Francisco. He is the Artistic Director of La Pocha Nostra, a “trans-disciplinary arts organization that provides a base for a loose network and forum of rebel artists from various disciplines, generations and ethnic backgrounds”.

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James Luna, American Indian Study's 7a*11d 2000 PHOTO Andrew Pommier

American Indian Study’s
Friday October 27 8 pm
Workman Theatre, 1001 Queen St W

Artist Talk
Saturday October 28 2 pm
Innis College Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave

Co-sponsored by A Space and the Centre for Independent Video and Media Education

James Luna’s latest and perhaps most theatrical performance work, American Indian Study’s, is a visual jam of several related performance works. The piece is filled with irony, confronting cultural presumptions and using self-disclosure as a base for discussion and thought. Mixing Indian culture with pop and blues music and images, exposing the sale of Indian cultures, and speaking to difficult social issues within Indian communities, Luna incorporates humor as a balance and salve to understand these complex issues

A Luiseño/Diegueño resident of the La Jolla Reserve, James Luna is an internationally acclaimed artist performance works deal with the realities of contemporary North American Indian culture and its commodification. Luna confronts cultural presumptions held by Indians and non-Indians alike.

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James Luna, American Indian Study's 7a*11d 2000

James Luna artist talk, 7a*11d 2000