A series of half-hour documentaries in Spanish covering the intersection of art and activism in the Americas. From hip hop collectives in Venezuela, to graffiti artists in Mexico, the films follow conversations with artists about using their work for social change.
Underground Culture follows independent street musicians through the subway system of modern day Venezuela. Focusing on their effort to unite and form a collective to legally play on the Metro cars, it discusses their project within the context of a society 10 years after the socialist revolution of Chavez. Through improvised songs, discussions with Metro officials, and interviews with Metro passengers and rappers alike, the film provides insight into the nature of modern day Venezuela and the pockets of independent underground culture that have developed in recent years.
Armed with Art
Covering contemporary art movements across Mexico, Armed with Art examines the integral nature art plays in creating cultural spaces of resistance and change.
This short covers the recent targeting of graffiti artists and unauthorized murals by Portland’s Graffiti Abatement Department. Featured are members of the ArtsBase, Samo Lives Gallery, director of the Graffiti Abatement Department, and volunteers with the Railyard Gallery, who feel that they were targeted for eviction after hosting a show featuring prominent Bay Area graffiti artists in July.