Artist

Guillermo Gómez-Peña

Born in 1955 and raised in Mexico City, interdisciplinary artist/writer Guillermo Gómez Peña came to the U.S. in 1978. Since then he has been exploring cross-cultural issues and North/South relations with the use of multiple mediums: performance, radio art, book art, bilingual poetry, journalism, video and installation art. His performances and critical writings have been instrumental in the development of debates on cultural diversity, identity and U.S. Mexico relations.
Gómez Peña was a founding member of the Border Arts Workshop/Taller de Arte Fronterizo (1985-1990), a contributor to the NPR radio magazine Crossroads (1987-1990) and the editor of the experimental arts magazine The Broken Line/La Linea Quebrada (1985-1990). He has been an associate of Post-Arte, the network of Latin American conceptual artists and visual poets; a writer for newspapers and magazines in the U.S. and Mexico; and a collaborator in two award-winning films. He is a 1991 recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship.
His performance and installation work has been presented internationally, extensively touring many countries such as Canada, England, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, the Soviet Union to name a few.
His performance Border Brujo was awarded the Prix de la Parole at the International Theatre Festival of the Americas (Montreal), and the 1989 New York Bessie. The film version of Border Brujo made in collaboration with Isaac Artenstein premiered at the Film Festival of San Juan (Puerto Rico), and later on was awarded first prize in the 1991 National Latino Film and Video Festival (New York) and first prize in the category of performance film at the Cine-Festival (San Antonio). He has also appeared on the films In The Pursuit of Happiness by Louis Malle, Mi Otro Yo by Philip and Amy Brookman, and Seeing is Believing by Lynn Hershman.
A collection of his writings was recently published by Graywolf Press under the title Warrior For Gringostrioka.

Videography

Declaration of Poetic Disobedience

2005, 15:15 minutes, colour, English/Spanish/

No Homeland / No Fear

2004, 12:20 minutes, colour, English/Spanish

The Great Mojado Invasion II

2001, 27:30 minutes, colour, English/Spanish

The Great Mojado Invasion (The 2nd US-Mexico War)

1999, 26:00 minutes, colour, English/Spanish

Borderstasis

1998, 22:21 minutes, colour, English/Spanish

Guillermo Gómez-Peña's El Naftazteca: Cyber-Aztec TV for 2000 AD

1995, 57:30 minutes, colour, English/Spanish

Couple in the Cage: a Guatinaui Odyssey

1993, 30:00 minutes, colour, English, Closed Captioned

Son of Border Crisis

1992, 16:00 minutes, colour, English/Spanish

Border Brujo

1991, 52:00 minutes, colour, English/Spanish