Guillermo Gómez-Peña: 10 Psychomagical Actions Against Violence


Photo/foto: Cristhian Ávila

10 Psychomagical Actions Against Violence

In the past years Gómez-Peña and his troupe la Pocha Nostra have examined the human body as a site for radical spirituality, memory, penance, activism, stylized anger and corporeal reinvention. In this performance, the artist explores both the legacy of fear of the Other —the criminalization of the brown body inherited by the Bush administration, and the emerging culture of hope, imagination and faith that has developed in response to the former world order. The piece tackles this historic moment of dramatic reinvention by looking into the immediate past and attempting to manifest a possible future without resorting to quick fixes and false hopes.


Guillermo Gómez-Peña is a performance artist/writer and the director of the transnational arts collective La Pocha Nostra. He was born in Mexico City and came to the US in 1978. Since then he has been exploring cross-cultural issues with the use of performance, multilingual poetry, journalism, video, radio, and installation art. His performance work and eight books have contributed to the debates on cultural diversity, identity, and US-Mexico relations. His art work has been presented at over seven hundred venues across the US, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Russia and Australia. He is a MacArthur Fellow, American Book Award winner, and a Senior Fellow of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. He is a regular contributor to National Public Radio, a writer for newspapers and magazines in the US, Mexico, and Europe, and a contributing editor to The Drama Review (NYU-MIT).

Background Information
  • Encuentro location (Bogotá): Edificio de Artes Plásticas, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
  • Date: August 26, 2009
  • Country: Mexico/United States
Permanent URL: Video edited by Gray Wetzler