VISITING SPEAKER SERIES: Yoshua Okón
6:00 PM, April 21 2017
Visual Arts Presentation Lab, SME 149
Mexican artist Yoshua Okón’s videos blur the lines between documentary,
reality, and fiction. He collaborates closely with his actors (often amateurs who are also the subjects of the work) to create sociological examinations that ask viewers to contemplate uncomfortable situations and circumstances. He works with marginalized groups such as pit-bull owners, Nazi-war memorabilia collectors, and Venice Beach homeless people, in order to reflect back onto mainstream culture.
Yoshua Okón was born in Mexico City in 1970, where he currently lives. He received his BFA from Conordia University in Montreal, Canada in 1994 and his MFA from University of California, Los Angeles in 2002 with a Fulbright scholarship. Okón founded the artist-run space La Panadería in 1994 and the artist-run space and school SOMA in 2009, both in Mexico City.