Encuentro Cultural Chican@/Indigena, Oventic, Chiapas, Mexico – 1997

Between 1996 and 1997 a group of Chican@ artists from Los Angeles met every Sunday for one year to organize an encuentro with the Zapatista community of Oventic. A primary goal was exploring and learning different methods of integrating arts practice in every day community struggles.

The following video is a skit that was written in community and based on real life experiences and points of encuentro between our two communities.

Many of the artists you will see in this video as well as many more you won’t see have been actively committed to continuing and growing this work “desde nuestra propia trinchera”.