Pochas Radicales, a queer Latinx art collective located in Portland, will present a timely, site specific installation in the exhibition space at the Portland Building beginning May 2. The project will transform the compact gallery adjacent to the building lobby into a platform that offers an engaging narrative of a young, queer Latinx living in Portland.
Visitors will immediately recognize the layout and furnishings in the room as something familiar, comfortable, and warm. Upon entering, we are lead into the narrative of the young person that created the space. As visitors contemplate the room’s story, the narrative unfolds and we are taken into the mind of this youth, seeing the world as they do and learning the rhythm of their heart. Entonces—who’s room is this? Where have they gone?
“We invite the public, employees of the building, and visitors to interact with the space by entering the room, having a seat, and making themselves at home. The intention of this installation is to personalize the stories of so many people whose lives go unnoticed because they are often reduced to a flash on the evening news with very little context.” – Pochas Radicales
About the Artists: Pochas Radicales works to foster community engagement and social justice through art & activism. Blanca Stacey Villalobos and Andrea Elena Telles form the heart of Pochas Radicales today and the collective has completed an impressive number of projects in a variety of mediums. Their work challenges archaic notions of gender and sexuality and embraces and champions the richness of Latin American diaspora. firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet the Artists: Join us for a chance to meet Pochas Radicales and discuss their installation in person at the Portland Building on Tuesday, May 2nd at 4 PM. All are also welcome to stop in for hot drinks and sweets with Pochas every Tuesday morning from 8:15 am – 9:15.
Viewing Hours & Location: The Portland Building is located at 1120 SW 5th Avenue in downtown Portland and is open 8 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday.
SPECIAL NOTE: Portland Building Installation Space Calendar June – September 2017
The Installation Space will go on hiatus after September 1, 2017 as the Portland Building’s comprehensive two year long renovation project begins. Stay tuned to Art Notes for updates as the renovation proceeds. In the mean time RACC is pleased to be able to present a set of thoughtful and provocative installations throughout this spring and summer:
June 5 –30 Crystal Schenk
Seasoned installation artist and sculptor Crystal Schenk offers visitors a new, site-specific piece that continues her focus on issues of physical and mental health/illness, class, memory, and social interaction.
July 10–August 4 Elijah Hasan
Film maker, writer, composer and educator Elijah Hasan rounds out the summer schedule with the presentation of three of his stunning films. Using Portland as his stage and backdrop Hasan’s work skillfully and poetically explores themes of race, place and social consciousness.
August 14–September 1 A look back at 23 years of Installation Space exhibitions