Where: Los Angeles LGBT Center, 1125 North McCadden Pl., Los Angeles
Details: Multi-media performance piece “Color Bonita” by artist Christopher Ramierz intimately connects audiences with a queer Latino experience.Performance combines sound, images and interviews to illuminate issues around family, religion, machismo and homophobia.
‘Color Bonita’ is a new media art performance piece intimately connecting audiences with the queer Latino experience around family, religion, machismo and homophobia. Artist Christopher Ramirez, in collaboration with Phoenix Toewscombines sound, images and interviews to illuminate the complexity of growing up gay in the Latino culture as an act of witnessing and testimony.
‘Color Bonita’ is a new media art performance piece by artist Christopher Ramirez, in collaboration with Phoenix Toews, that intimately connects audiences with the queer Latino experience around family, religion, machismo and homophobia.
‘Color Bonita’ began several years ago as an ethnographic art project in Los Angeles, California. Over 100 initial conversations occurred over a two year period in various locations throughout Los Angeles County with Latino men who identified as gay, homosexual, bisexual, men “on the down-low” (on the DL) and men who have with sex men (MSM). ‘Color Bonita’ is a collection of voices from 29 of these recorded interviews focusing on the Latino family, the Catholic Church, homophobia, machismo, and racism. Ramirez combines sound, images and interviews to illuminate the complexity of growing up gay in the Latino culture as an act of witnessing and testimony.
Artist Christopher Ramirez has presented ‘Color Bonita’ in both educational (professional conferences and community centers) and festival contexts (performance, film, art) throughout the United States. The actual art piece is the digital audio recording that takes place in each location, and becomes part of an evolving sound archive, ‘Color Bonita’. In essence, audience members become participants themselves in a dialogue that illuminates the complexities of the gay Latino experience and how others bear witness to this history. Audiences will experience that history through performance, sound, images and a live interview between Christopher, an invited guest and the audience. Christopher refers to this experience as a dialogic new media performance.
Christopher Angel Ramirez is a Multimedia Artist and a Writing Lecturer at University of California, Merced in Merced, California. For ‘Color Bonita’ booking inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phoenix Toews is a Digital Artist and computer programmer who collaborates with artists. phoenixtoews.net
‘Color Bonita’ is presented by the California LGBT Arts Alliance:
The California LGBT Arts Alliance (www.calgbtartsalliance.com) promotes social justice, advocates for cultural equity, increases public understanding of diversity and presents artists whose work reflects the LGBT community’s lives and experiences. Their programs promote artist collaborations, financial partnerships and public policies that enhance the development of LGBT artists and arts organizations in Southern California. The Alliance publishes a monthly calendar of California LGBT art events on their website. ( www.calgbtartsalliance.com )