CalArts, Tatum Lounge
CRITICAL STUDIES: Please join us for the second session of "The Commons" Lecture Series with Gala Porras-Kim.
"The Commons" Lecture Series is a yearlong series of talks, debates, and open discussions with prominent thinkers and artists curated and organized by students of the MA in Aesthetics and Politics, CalArts School of Critical Studies.
Porras-Kim will be presenting her work and research. Her most recent project includes notes that led to the production of the LP Whistling and Language Transfiguration, which uses the tonal qualities of the Zapotec language to translate stories of the Tlacolula Valley in Oaxaca into its whistled form. The artist will discuss objects resulting from her research into the Zapotec culture and politics, its tonal language, and the variations of dialects contained within the region, as well as whistling used as the hidden transcript and a strategy of dissent.
About the artist
Gala Porras-Kim was born in Bogotá, Colombia and lives and works in Los Angeles. She received her BA from UCLA (2007), MFA from the California Institute of the Arts (2009), and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2010). Her work has been included in exhibitions at Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles, CA; La Central, Bogotá, Colombia; FOXRIVER, Singapore, Singapore; Dobaebacsa HQ, Seoul, Korea, and most recently at 18th Street Art Center, Santa Monica, CA.