Full Circle 05-06-2022; We The People

(ICYMI) Here’s the Replay. Tonight’s Full Circle, Hosted by Sentient Shiloh b, AKA DJ Loh includes excerpts from a conversation they had with the artist collective WEDAPEPO , and five core members: Irene Carvajal, Oscar Lopez, Nivedita Madigubba, Michael Martinez and Jusun Seo.  Listen in to our dialog about belonging, immigration, social practice, transnationality, creating culture, artistic collaboration and of course the circle.  WEDAPEPO is a collaborative project started with seven trans-national artists;  Irene Carvajal, Oscar Lopez, Nivedita Madigubba, Michael Martinez, Zhang Mengjiao, Jusun  Seo and Vivian Vivas.  We named our project after an anthology of essays on cultural identity by Jose Antonio Burciaga. Our discussion began with the question, “What space do I occupy in America?” Mainstream media often answers a question with manufactured labels, propaganda structures, and fragmented histories. WEDAPEPO emerges from the re-examination of our identities and roles within this rhetoric and we continue to question societal constructs, cultural myths, and weaponized institutions that  continue marginalizing specific demographics in society.



Irene Carvajal 

My work is located in the space where globalized culture presses against local culture. Ubiquitous, mass produced everyday objects also exist in this space. When seen as more than just utilitarian, these objects become something full of social meaning —historic, political and cultural weight modifies and transforms the object into something larger. By eliminating the body and submitting the mass produced items to the physical pressures of the printing press I seek to explore these complex social and economic pressures.Using a combination of printmaking, sculpture and found objects, I create installations that at once seem both familiar and unexpected.

Oscar Lopez Guerrero 

I am a visual artist born and raised in Mexico City, where I first came into contact with the art world  in the Graffiti urban art scene. After immigrating to the USA to San Francisco, Bay area (Silicon Valley),  focusing on trying to understand our complex society through a Mexican immigrant’s lens in the USA.I use a critical eye to engage with the globalization, imperialism, and capitalism that affect every corner of the two nations that share my soul. My concerns are reflected in a dialogue of the Stockholm syndrome symptoms created by the oppression and discrimination of imperialistic orders. On both sides of the border this is having a bigger impact on minorities, people of color and the workers that hold entire nations that also suffer from social and cultural amnesia. In order to survive in these societies built on the foundations of white supremacy and colonialism our ancestors have been forced for generations to either hide, directly confront, or sympathize with our oppressors, resulting in a mass forgetting of cultural and social practices. As our cultural identity and practices have been suppressed we have become hostages in our own homeland. 

Nivedita Madigubba 

Nivedita Madigubba is an interdisciplinary artist. Her intermedia practice includes painting, drawing, video, sculpture, and installation. She uses products of cultural processes such as—images, ritual objects, architecture, etc. — as material. Her practice engages with the dominant memories attached to these materials and reframes them to visualize counternarratives.

Nivedita was born in Guntur and raised in Hyderabad, India. She holds a BFA (2020) from San Francisco Art Institute.  She has exhibited in San Francisco and Los Altos, California. She is currently working with a collective of seven transnational artists—named WE DA PEPO. Her work with the collaborative focuses on language, agency/authorship, history and examines the role of technology within these contexts. She currently resides in San Jose, California.

Jusun Seo

Jusun Seo is a transnational artist working and living in Northern California. She graduated holding a double major in painting and printmaking B.F.A from San Francisco Art Institute (2020). Her works emphasize how her own culture reflected on her childhood memories and experiences. Through immigration, relationships, and different stories living as a female artist, she is questioning the aesthetics between Eastern and Western culture. In paintings, she has the most interest in depicting bodies in different spaces. With printmaking works, her interests in defining duplication as a post-modern era explore different visions from historical prints. Jusun Seo had shown her works in different galleries in CA recently at John Natsoulas Gallery, Fort Mason, Diego Rivera Gallery, and Merced Multicultural Arts Center. Also, She has shown works in Chicago and New York for the AXA travel exhibition. She graduated from SFAI with three awards; Best In Show, Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award, and Hart Lipton Art Supplies Prize.

Michael Martinez

Michael Martinez is a Tejano conceptual artist and part of the transnational art collective WE DA PEPO. Martinez specializes in the brazen and bizarre while confronting social ideologies unrelenting logic. Through his poignant compositions and often controversial subject matter, the artist can evoke intense feelings from the spectator with layered meanings to challenge the audience’s perspective.

Michael focuses his work on bearing witness to the human condition by using found objects and demonstrating unexpected duality found in two cultures and touches on the historical exclusion of lived immigrant experiences.

Martinez exercises his art, consisting of practical use of film development, various incarnations of zine production, an intriguing collaborative collage-work to refract information back to the viewer. His creative control of mixed media and use of nontraditional methods of photography and printmaking represents an articulation of rejection and non-conformity.

If he is not deconstructing portraits or traveling as a hired photographer, Michael is experimenting in full-stack web development. 

American Language

Jose Antonio Burciaga- books 

Laura Aguilar – photographer Michael mentioned

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