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Renée Petropoulos and Arturo Hernández | Directed Reading

October 19 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm PDT

Renée Petropoulos and Arturo Hernández | Directed Reading
Saturday October 19 | 2-4 PM

Tongva Park | 1615 Ocean Avenue

Renée Petropoulos will collaborate with Oaxacan artisan Arturo Hernández on a directed reading at Santa Monica’s Tongva Park, performed by invited members of the public in many simultaneous languages. For the directed reading, Petropoulos seeks to identify words and phrases that are not directly translatable between English, Spanish, and Zapotec, an indigenous language of the Mitla region. Other languages, such as Amharic and Hebrew, may also be included. Artisans and community members will be invited to contribute texts to create the directed reading, which will be performed by participants cast from among the public. Multiple individuals will represent “voices” such as those of ancestors or from literature. Petropoulos will create a performance score based on the interplay of these words and phrases to convey emotional and cultural meanings without enabling language comprehension in a traditional sense.


Arturo Hernández is a master weaver of Zapotec descent. Since the age of 7, he began learning the ancestral techniques of the backstrap and pedal weaving, and natural dyes. He moved to the US at age 21, but 20 years later, he returned to Mexico where he established his textil workshop where he creates unique weaving designs along with other people from the local Mitla community. Together, they expand the interest and production of the textil and natural weaving techniques through eco-friendly and organic products -such as wool and cotton.

Hernández has been collaborating with LA artist Renée Petropoulos for several years. Both participate in the long run exhibition Bajo la Bóveda Azul Cobalto, 2019 (Oaxaca, Mexico) organized by Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca MACO. Arturo Hernández lives and works in Mitla, Oaxaca, Mexico.

Renée Petropoulos has created projects and exhibited internationally. Most recently embarking on the project Among Nations (Mostly) with a performance Analogue (2012) at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, Venice to Venice (2012) as part of the Hammer Museum’s Made in L.A. and Women in Surrealism for Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Black Star, begun in 2006, is a performance in continuum in Berlin. Her most recent installment of “Prototype for the History of Painting: Eingrouping Social Historical” was installed in MARTE San Salvador, El Salvador. Her recent film, “Two or Three Things I Know About Gas Station Mini Marts” screened at Screening, in Philadelphia. The outdoor public sculpture project “Bouquet”(Flower Tower) Between Egypt, India, Iraq, the United States, Brazil, Ethiopia, and Mexico”, situated in Santa Monica, California at a street and pedestrian intersection was completed in spring, 2014. An exhibit of related subject, “Bouquet(Flower Girl) Between Libya, the United States and Scotland”, was installed at LAMOA in Eagle Rock in May 2014. Petropoulos’ monument drawings were also included in “Forms of the Formless” at Beijing Moca, curated by Marlena Donahue. From the United States to Mexico/ From Mexico to the Untied States, was presented at Commonwealth and Council, which included a choreographed performance. She is exhibited Monument 1 – conjugation, with the Proxy Gallery in Paris in 2016. In 2016, a cd of sound work, Between Libya, the United States and Scotland, created with composer Greg Lenczycki, will be released. Two new works are scheduled for 2016, one with the Isaura String Quartet and a reading of sculpture, “Cheek by Jowl”, at Hauser Wirth Schimmel. Her project with former student, Amanda Katz was released this summer in 7 x 7 (7×7). She recently returned from Naples Italy where she has been working on a collaborative project, with Neapolitan scholar, Dr. Denise Spampinato. In 2018, she will be producing a project in conjunction with the MACO in Oaxaca, Mexico as well as being a guest artist at the Palm Springs Museum.

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October 19
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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18th Street Arts Center


Tongva Park
1615 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90401 United States
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