2 Days / 2 Artists: Rafa Esparza

We're bringing two successful, working Latinx artists to Austin to discuss their work and influences. Join us for a discussion with LA-based performance artist, Rafa Esparza on October 3. Return on Thursday, October 4, for a discussion with Rio Grande Valley-based multimedia artist, Josue Ramirez. 

About Rafa:

Rafa Esparza is a multidisciplinary artist who was born, raised, and is currently living in Los Angeles.

Woven into Esparza’s bodies of work are his interests in history, personal narratives, and kinship. He is inspired by his own relationship to colonization and the disrupted genealogies that come forth as a result. Using live performance as his main form of inquiry, Esparza employs site-specificity, materiality, memory and (non)documentation as primary tools to interrogate and critique ideologies, power structures and binaries that problematize the “survival” process of historicized narratives and the environments wherein people are left to navigate and socialize. Esparza’s recent projects have evolved through experimental collaborative projects grounded by laboring with land vis a vis adobe, a labor inherited by his father Ramon Esparza, where the artist shares institutional space and resources to invited Brown and Queer artists and cultural producers. Esparza is invested in working in the local geographies that are the Southwest including Mexico and Latin-America.

He has performed in a variety of spaces, public and private, throughout Los Angeles including AIDS Project Los Angeles, Highways Performance Space, REDCAT, Human Resources, Vincent Price Museum, LACE, has shown around the U.S. in places that include The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Ballroom Marfa, and internationally at Oficina de Procesos, Mexicali, El Museo del Chopo, Mexico city, was part of the 2018 spring cohort at Artpace Artist in Residence program in San Antonio, Texas, and recently led a guerrilla processional performance with over 25 artists through the historic fashion thoroughfare market The Santee Alley as part of his project de la Calle at the Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles summer of 2018. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Gordon White Building (GWB), 2.206
210 24TH ST W, Austin, Texas 78705

Event Type

Arts & Humanities, World & Culture, Diversity


College of Liberal Arts

Target Audience

Students, Faculty, General Public



Hispanic Heritage Month
Google Calendar iCal Outlook

Recent Activity