The Border Corps, a group of five Southern California artists, musicians and performers, will stage an art happening entitled Coatlicue mi Amor at Agitprop on Saturday, February 13th at 8pm. The event will be a fundraiser for the gallery. Admission is $5.00 and people bringing sketchbooks and pencils to the event will get in for $2.00.

Incorporating weird combinations of materials, sound, the human body, pop culture artifacts and historical sources, the happening will use the myth of Coatlicue to examine the conflicted relationship between indigenous culture and the legacy of colonialism in the Americas.

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Coatlicue, the Aztec earth goddess who preceded the Virgen de Guadalupe, and was thought to be mother of the moon and stars, will be represented using tableaux vivants, painting, spoken word, audio improvisations, video projections and interactive art. Audience members will be encouraged to contribute to the realization of the happening through a set of installations and actions that will allow feedback and commentary on the themes presented during the evening.

“The audience will experience a multi-sensory happening in three parts,” said artist Perry Vasquez, who conceived the happening and then recruited close friends and collaborators to help bring the idea into being. “Our goal is to establish a creative and interactive mood that will feed the mind as well as the body.”

Audience members are encouraged to bring and to approach the happening as a phantasmagoric life drawing class.

The Border Corps members are:
Endy as Coatlicue, the Aztec Earth Goddess and Mother Superior
Perry Vasquez as Father Bartolomé de las Casas, Outer Space Alien
Shondra Dawson as the Visible Woman who Swallowed the World
Armando de la Torre as the Oracle of Sight and Sound
Anthony Vasquez as the Conjurer and Re-enchanter of the Aural Mysteries of Life

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