Trans-Parent Material: Oli Rodriguez presented by Sin Cinta Previa is a screening and discussion between video-artists Oli Rodriguez and scholar Francisco Galarte.
Join us for a preview screening of Papi’s Pregnant (~2022, 11 min) and a full screening of LYNDALE (2018, 24 min. Papi’s Pregnant chronicles the filmmakers conception and navigation of getting pregnant as a transmasculine identified person. This feature length film visualizes queerness and a burgeoning medical field of trans pregnancy. Winner of the IC DOCS Jury Award for Best Documentary Short (2019), LYNDALE explores toxic masculinity, cyclical familial trauma and queerness.
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Oli Rodriguez is an interdisciplinary artist working in video, photography, performance, installation, poetry and writing. He is an assistant Professor in the Department of Art at California State University. He is a Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) fellows for the Kartemquin Films and the Community Film Workshop (2020). He has screened, performed, lectured and exhibited works internationally and nationally. His intersectional research and interdisciplinary projects conceptually focus on queerness, gender, appropriation, performative interactions, visualizing familial and other representations of the AIDS pandemic, while referencing historical movements in gender, racial and feminist histories.
Francisco J. Galarte is an Assistant Professor of American Studies and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of New Mexico. His first book, Brown Trans Figurations: Rethinking Race, Gender and Sexuality in Chicanx/Latinx Studies explores transgender analytics and Chicana/o Studies failures in understanding racialization, gendered violence, queer sexualities, masculinities and femininities.
Jose Luis Benavides (moderator) is a Latinx and queer video-artist who has screened their work internationally, and most recently at Lit & Luz Festival (2022). As the founder of Sin Cinta Previa, their work was awarded an Art Leaders of Color Network – POWER Project grant (2018), a Propeller Fund grant (2019), and a Hyde Park Arts Center – Artist Run Chicago 2.0 grant (2021).
Sin Cinta Previa: Latin(a)x & Queer Archive Video Series is a screening and discussion series which archives the polyvocal, multi-ethnic and plural gendered experiences, moving images and video-art works of Latinx artists from across the Americas and Caribbean. With a special interest in video artists, experimental filmmakers and documentary makers, Sin Cinta Previa seeks to redress the invisibility and erasure of the historic contributions to political and artistic resistance in video made by queer, trans, non-binary, women, indigenous, Afro-descendant, and diasporic peoples across the Americas and Caribbean.
This event is in conjunction with our Artist Run Chicago Fund