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SMFA students take on collaborative art projects and meet contemporary artists in Mexico city!
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Who We Are:

Los Miembras:  Tracey Bullington, Sebastian De Gre, Ximena Izquierdo Ugaz, Mario Lopez Pisani, Branden Paillant, Anthony Privitera, and Bryan Rodriguez

Los Miembras is a collective of seven artists from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  We study many aspects of fine art: poetry, painting, performance, video and more.  We are traveling to Mexico City for two weeks this summer to pursue individual and collaborative projects in these media and to meet and engage with artists who inspire us.

What we’ll be up to: Our Two weeks in Mexico will be comprised of three components.

1. The Artists: We will meet with five contemporary artists based in Mexico City working with ideas and themes relevant to our practice. We have gotten in touch with them through SOMA, an artist residency in Mexico D.F. The meetings include studio visits with Minerva Cuevas and Gabriel Acevedo Velarde, individual critiques of our work with Yoshua Okón, an interactive workshop with Eduardo Abaroa, and a conversation with the chief curator of Tamayo Museum of Contemporary Art, Magali Arriola on Colección Jumex. Colección Jumex is located in a Jumex juice factory outside of D.F. housing the largest private contemporary art collection in Latin America.

Minerva Cuevas

Still from "The Economy of the Imaginary" by Minerva Cuevas, 2006
Still from "The Economy of the Imaginary" by Minerva Cuevas, 2006

Gabriel Acevedo Velarde

"Escenario," 2005, 3 min. animation
"Escenario," 2005, 3 min. animation

Yoshua Okón

"Coyotería 3", 2003 Lightjet c-prints. 30 x 40 inches.
"Coyotería 3", 2003 Lightjet c-prints. 30 x 40 inches.

Eduardo Abaroa

"Destrucción total del Museo de Antropología," 2012
"Destrucción total del Museo de Antropología," 2012

Magali Arriola

Chief Curator of the Tamayo Museum of Contemporary Art
Chief Curator of the Tamayo Museum of Contemporary Art

We will visit the artists’ studios, hear about their work, and share our own projects through informal critiques.  Meeting with artists throughout our time in Mexico will be an integral aspect of our trip; we hope to gather an understanding of D.F through their lens, experiencing their own processes and investigations in and in relation to the city.

2.  The Projects:  We will also work on individual and collaborative creative projects before, during, and after our trip. The artists in our collective work in widely different mediums and styles, but there are many overlapping themes including cultural identity, language, and site specificity. Our trip will be an opportunity to execute new projects and carry out research to inform future work.  Upon our return, we plan to organize an exhibition to showcase our work and compile a book to document our projects and experiences.

3. The City:  Mexico D.F. is a city with a vibrant contemporary art scene and a rich history.  It is important to us that we deeply explore these aspects of our destination.  We plan to visit art spaces, museums, and studios as well as places of historical and cultural significance.  Each of us has different motives for traveling to this city, but we all still  plan to explore cultural and historical sites.   

How we will use the money:

This Kickstarter campaign will help to offset the cost of several crucial aspects of our trip.  We will need a total of $1120 to compensate the five artists for their time working with us individually ($160 for each member of our group). $500 will fund twenty 50 page books that we will construct/compile after returning from Mexico. The book will document our experiences with the artists we meet and the work we make in response to them and our time in Mexico City. We will use the remaining $380 toward materials that we’ll need for collaborative projects that we will execute during our trip.

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    Thank you for your help! Receive credit for your donation in the back of a beautiful limited edition book that will be made upon our return.

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    Receive credit in the back of our book AND a handmade postcard from Mexico. This postcard will feature a photograph taken by someone in the group and a personalized note. Wow! It will feel like you are right there with us!

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    Credit in our book, a postcard from Mexico and a one of a kind poem written by someone in the group. You pick which artist you'd like as the author of your poem- Ximena, Tracey, Anthony, Branden, Mario or Bryan. Maybe we will write on the plane, thinking of you!

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    For only fifteen dollars, receive credit in our book, a postcard from Mexico, a personalized poem by any one of us (you pick!), and a handmade, full color zine by Tracey.

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    Alright, things are getting really good! for twenty dollars you'll get a limited edition table top sculpture by Branden Paillant. Branden is going to be famous, so snatch this opportunity while you can! You'll also get a postcard, a poem by one of us, and credit in our book.

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    Here's another option! you can get credit in our book, an original poem, postcard from Mexico, and a beautiful handmade book of Ximena's poetry. She has worked so hard on this book; its beautiful, and she's been writing the poems inside for years. You'll definitely want to check it out.

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    Sebastian makes crying art! He showed photographs of himself crying next to monuments and famous places at the Armory Show in New York last year and they look amazing . so...get ready... for only 35 dollars, you can commission Sebastian to photograph himself crying in the setting of your choosing in Mexico City! Then, you'll receive a print in the mail. You'll also get a postcard and a credit in our book.

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    For fifty dollars, you get a book! All seven of us are collaborating on a book to document and reflect on our trip. This book is going to be fat and juicy, handmade with color pictures. It will be incredible (really!) with contributions from everybody - reflections, photographs, and documentation of projects. We really can't wait to share our experiences with you, don't miss out!

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    You are going to love our book, so why not spring for the hard cover version? That's right! Sebastian is going to fabricate these, and they will be extra special with handmade covers. We'll even include a few extra VIP pages.

    Of course you'll also get a postcard from Mexico and a thank you in the back of our book for your contribution

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    Do you live in the Boston area?
    For only $70 Branden will DJ for you in the location of your choice! He will come to your party or living room so you can dance the night away. Don't miss out!

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    Or, pick this! Anthony's drag persona Local Honey will perform at the location of your choice (driving distance from Boston). She will serenade you in your home or make a guest appearance at your next party. She might even take song requests. Not only that, you'll also receive credit in our book and a handwritten postcard from Mexico.

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    Ok, get ready. For one hundred dollars, you'll receive a copy of our book, a hand written poem, a postcard from Mexico, a zine from Tracey, AND an invitation to a VIP patron dinner to take place in Boston in September in our home. Tracey will cook a delicious dinner (and dessert!) and you'll get a chance to hear about all the details of our trip right when we come back! Don't miss out.

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