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Sanitary Tortilla Factory
401-403 2nd St SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

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Notes on Gentrification

two years ago(2016)…..”Let’s make this the next Wynwood”, neighbor business owner. Little did they know I had just returned from Miami a few weeks ago. I had stumbled upon the remnants of what appeared to be an industrial, working class neighborhood turned art party funded by huge wealth connected to BMW, UBS and the deep pockets of blue chip galleries. A year before that I had started reading about the relationship between artists and gentrification. I had just spent the past 8 years spending much of my time on my hands and knees setting tile in the mcmansions on the east side to pour all my income in the creating a sustainable art space. 

Still Moving

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Details of Hazel harvest by Kacie Erin Smith, 2018 and Paper Roots II by Emma Difani, 2017

Still Moving

By Emma Difani and Kacie Erin Smith

May 18 – June 22, 2018

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, May 18, 6-9pm

Sanitary Tortilla Factory is pleased to present Still Moving. In Still Moving Emma Difani and Kacie Erin Smith create print and sculptural works which respond to how people relate to land — the urban wild and cultivated landscape, respectively. Difani drafts maps for discovering alternative definitions of nature in the city that embrace the grown and the constructed alike, charting sincere connections to place. Smith offers a personal take on notions of utility, tradition and belonging based on her study of transhumance while on residency in Spain. With this work, the artists are still learning through endless observation, still moving through continual exploration.

Gently Radical Changing

Joining in Acknowledgement (detail), Reishi mushroom, weaving, 13″ x 6″ x 15″

 

April 27 – May 11, 2018

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, April 27 6-9pm

Poetry reading by Beata Tsosie-Peña 7:00pm

CLOSING RECEPTION: May 11, 2018 – 6:00-9:00pm

In Gently Radical Changing, Kaitlin Bryson engages with the legacy of toxic contamination and subsequent trauma in ecologies ridden with histories of environmental injustices. The work presented in the exhibition offers gestures of remediation and healing to these places, through bioremediative sculpture and performance, video, installation, and participatory workshops. In partnership with the Environmental Justice department of Tewa Women’s United, based out of Española, New Mexico, this work synergistically explores how radical environmental and social change can happen through compassionate acts of interspecies collaboration. 

The work presented in the exhibition will transform and physically change throughout the duration of the show. Some works will appear and others will disappear. Viewers are encouraged to stop by throughout the exhibition run to observe the living works.

Exceptional Visual Artist Scholar Series

Gently Radical Changing, new works by Kaitlin Bryson is one of two exhibitions in 2018 that is part of Sanitary Tortilla Factory’s Exceptional Visual Artist Scholar Series. The Exceptional Visual Artist Scholar Series offers professional space for the culminating exhibition that defines the student’s launch into their profession as an artist. The series hopes to underscore exceptional artists attending regional institutions while highlighting Albuquerque’s historic connection to contemporary art practice.

About the Artist

Kaitlin Bryson lives and works in the high deserts of New Mexico, and has spent her life working as an artist and organic farmer. Drawing from her experience as a cultivator, her artwork illuminates the processual nature of life through the lens of transformation. Biological materials are embedded into her work so that the “finished” pieces have the potential to play, transform, and live out their own dynamic processes. Her work unfolds as restorative gestures for human and nonhuman audiences, serving as a reminder that mutability and adaptability are the common grounds we all inhabit.

Bryson received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of Nevada, Reno in 2012, and is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Art & Ecology from the University of New Mexico. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at The Holland Project in Reno, Nevada, Site Santa Fe, and BioCultura in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and has been performed at The Holocene in Portland, Oregon. In January of 2018 Bryson will participate in the Interface Residency Programme in Gallway, Ireland, supported by funding in part from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Lannan Foundation.

http://www.kaitlinbryson.com/

Football

Nick Simko, Football (1), 2018

April 6 – 21, 2018

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, April 6, 6-9pm

Artist Talk: Monday, April 9, 4-5 PM, UNM College of Fine Arts, Room 1020

Football is a manifestation of the cultural processes that shape male-identified formations of body. Using a visual vocabulary that hovers between photography and painting, these works on paper explore the aspects of heroism, romance, and idealized gender role play embedded in representations of college football players.   

Exceptional Visual Artist Scholar Series

Football is Nick Simko’s UNM MFA Photo thesis exhibition and the first of two exhibitions in 2018 that is part of Sanitary Tortilla Factory’s Exceptional Visual Artist Scholar Series. The Exceptional Visual Artist Scholar Series offers professional space for the culminating exhibition that defines the student’s launch into their profession as an artist. The series hopes to underscore exceptional artists attending regional institutions while highlighting Albuquerque’s historic connection to contemporary art practice.

About the Artist

Nick Simko is an interdisciplinary artist. Simko’s work has been exhibited at museums and galleries throughout the United States including the Walters Art Museum, The University of New Mexico Art Museum, 516 Arts, and Hillyer Arts Space. Simko holds a BFA degree in Art History, Theory & Criticism from the Maryland Institute College of Art and is presently completing an MFA in Photography at the University of New Mexico.

https://www.nickcliffordsimko.com/

Migrations

neiiKAI [we walk around…], Dinétah diyogíj, Eric-Paul Rienge, 62”x38”, 2017

MIGRATIONS

curated by Candy Nartonis and Ellen Babcock

March 2 – March 30 , 2018

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, March 2, 6-9pm

Migrations contextualizes human migration so that it can be mourned, accepted, embraced, and even in some circumstances celebrated. In our present world, millions of people have been forced to leave their homes. Political danger, famine, earthquakes, fire, rising water, and personal tragedy have caused so many human beings, world-wide, to experience displacement.  Forced migration and movement made by choice are two sides of this range of journeys motivated by survival and by dreams of a better life. Important to this story are the migrations to find better and more suitable work and to reconnect with family.

Albuquerque as a city and Alburqueños as a people recognize the richness that migrations have brought to our state. As a group we have been particularly sensitive to the problems our new neighbors encounter. We reached out to many concerned groups while we planned this exhibition and the related events. They have all helped tell this story of current and historic migration.

Migrations touches on the sanctuary movement, the difficulty of crossing national borders, and threats of deportation. It will include community members who migrated or have family stories to tell. We’ll include supporting materials such as maps and histories. A room representing a safe place will fill the center of the gallery space.  Inside this space, you will hear personal accounts of forced exodus, uprooted families, war and political and natural events that compel people to move. You will be able to add your own story or consider what you would do if you found yourself in this situation.

Artists and scholars contributing to the exhibition:

Ellen Babcock, Adam Herrera, Evey Jones, Israel F. Haros Lopez, Troy Lovato, David Mora, Candy Nartonis, Zeke Peña, Reed Perkins, Eric-Paul Riege, Jim Roeber, Carol Weber

Related Events:

Sunday, March 4: New Mexicans in Movement: off-site

First of the series: Sunday, March 4, 10am-12pm

We are sponsoring a series of guided walks to interact, share and connect with New Mexican global wanderers; persons for whom migration has defined their lives and the personality of our state. Among the hosts are successful innovators, former diplomats, misfits, multi-generational New Mexicans, as well as recent arrivals. These walks are created by Sidni Lamb at Mindful New Mexico. Check Mindful New Mexico website

http://www.mindfulnewmexico.com/ for dates, locations, and descriptions of walks in the series.

Saturday, March 10: 7pm, The Sanitary Tortilla Factory

Israel F. Haros Lopez performs Mexican Jazz

Poems of migration from his recent publication of Mexican Jazz, a graphic codex novel about women and children in detention centers. He will also be reading excerpts form his latest works, La Llorona Xronciles and Ghostbraids. La llorona Xronicles retells the classic story of La Llorona, the weeping woman and interrupts narratives of myths and oral histories. Ghostbraids is an exploration of Chicano poetry, experimenting with bilingualism, immigration and diverse poetic forms, visual poetry, improvisation and soundscapes, each reading of these works become site specific.

Saturday, March 24, 5-7pm, The Sanitary Tortilla Factory

Potluck Dinner and Music: you are all invited to this celebration of gifts. Bring a food offering from your homeland, write your family history, meet others.

We’ll supply plates and forks, drinks, and food from around the world.