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You’ve Made This House Your Home

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Lizz Denneau

June 7 – July 12, 2024
Opening Reception: June 7, 5-8pm

Sanitary Tortilla Factory is pleased to announce Lizz Denneau’s first solo exhibition in New Mexico. You’ve Made This House Your Home, is an evolving tableau exploring the nuanced intersections of respectability politics, White Supremacy, and capitalism. Inspired by W.E.B. Du Bois’ seminal essay ‘The Talented Tenth’ and fortified by hidden American narratives such as the story of Mary & Emily Edmonson, also known as The Pearl Incident, this installation delves into the depths of these societal dynamics.

Here, the metaphor of a house serves as a potent symbol for the structures that govern our lives, often without scrutiny of their origins. Borrowing from the real estate lexicon, I explore the concept of ‘bad bones,’ extending it to encompass the enduring societal frameworks inherited across generations and adapted to our present realities.

Within these walls, ornate assemblages and objects bear witness to the weight of perfection and respectability imposed on marginalized communities. Each installation is a living archive, retaining fragments of past iterations, thereby weaving a narrative tapestry of collective history.

Drawing on insights from scholars like E. Franklin Frazier, Sabrina Strings, and the literature of Margot Jefferson, the exhibition invites reflection on the dual role of these constructs in both advancing and dismantling communities. I invite you to join me on this  journey of exploration and introspection as we navigate the complex terrain of societal structures and their impact on our shared humanity.

BIO:  Elizabeth Denneau is an artist, writer, and art educator residing in the Sonoran Southwest.  She obtained her teaching certificate and BFA in Art and Visual Culture Education through the University of Arizona and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a member of the Art21 Educators Institute and currently teaches contemporary art and culture at Tucson High Magnet School while working with local community organizers and colleges to develop practical models of social justice in art education. In her personal artistic practice, she is continually influenced by narratives of human perseverance, vulnerability, and power dynamics. She writes about her experiences being a  Black educator and her upbringing in a place where Black people represent less than 3% of the population.  She is the co-founder of the Southwest Black Artists Collective and The Projects – art space. Both organizations serve a mission to bring visibility and support to Black creatives in the Southwest region.

Who Says You Can’t Go Home

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Yashoda Latkar

Exhibition: May 3 – 31, 2024

Opening Reception: Friday, May 3, 5-8 pm.
A Migrant’s Table Performance: Friday, May 3, 6pm

Sanitary Tortilla Factory is pleased to present Who Says You Can’t Go Home, an exhibition of new works by New Mexico State University’s College of Fine Art MFA Candidate and Sanitary Tortilla Factory’s  2024 Exceptional Visual Artist Scholar Yashoda Latkar. The exhibition, “Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” is a deeply personal and introspective journey into the complex interplay between migration, identity, and the quest for home. Through a diverse range of mediums, including photography, video, ceramics, and installation art, this body of work explores the notion of ‘home’ as both a tangible space and a psychological construct. Drawing upon her own experiences as an immigrant from Mumbai, India, to the United States, the exhibition delves into the persistent search for ‘home’ and the ever-evolving sense of Belonging.

The central theme of this exhibition revolves around the concept of ‘home’ and how it evolves through the process of migration and cultural displacement. As individuals, we often carry with us a deep-rooted connection to our places of origin. The exhibition investigates the multifaceted nature of ‘home,’ shifting from a physical space of shelter to a contested and ambivalent site in the face of displacement. Latkar’s creations in “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” are focused on the experience of living in an in-between space, belonging ‘nowhere,’ embracing the ambivalence even though the sense of being rooted, notions of a permanent home, and traditional routines are challenged.

Yashoda Latkar is the recipient of Sanitary Tortilla Factory’s 2024 Exceptional Visual Artist Scholar (EVAS) award. The EVAS series offers professional space for Master of Fine Art graduate students per year as their final thesis show. The culminating exhibition launches them into their profession as an artist. With the series, we underscore exceptional artists attending regional institutions while highlighting Albuquerque’s innovative connection to contemporary art practices.

Born and brought up in Mumbai, India, Latkar spent most of her life there and deeply identified with her home city, its bustling life, the vibrant street food culture, and the rich smells of spices. However, moving to New Mexico challenged every aspect of her identity. Nothing felt familiar, and suddenly, she found herself belonging nowhere. Her artistic narrative is rooted in this profound transformation, navigating between ‘there’ and ‘here,’ and building a new sense of self in a foreign land. As a migrant, the search for home is ongoing because one is constantly trying to make sense of their surrounding place. Latkar’s work is a mediation of these exact conscious efforts to belong and the desire to locate.

Opening night performance ‘A Migrant’s Table’ by Yashoda Latkar

In my creative practice, I explore the relationship between migration and identity, and my
constant search for home persists throughout my different bodies of work. I engage in the
fundamental question of where and what home is. In my work, I renegotiate the boundaries and
borders of ‘home’ by using self-portraitures, photographs of my family members and family
home, mixed media spiced-infused installations, and performative videos. My creations are
focused on the experience of living in an in-between space, belonging ‘nowhere,’ and embracing
the ambivalence even though the sense of being rooted, notions of a permanent home, and
traditional routines are challenged. 

In my work “A Migrant’s Table” I create an installation using cinderblocks covered with
ground spices. Each side of the cinderblock is immersed in ground turmeric, cumin-coriander
seeds powder, and a special kind of mix of spices local to my community in India. The
cinderblocks are arranged in a shape of a table. As one enters the installation space, it is difficult
to escape the strong smell of spices. The aroma takes me back to my home in India, where it is
difficult to get away from the cooking smells. The walls of houses, the clothes, and even the
pores of one’s skin seep this smell.

As an immigrant, my sense of being and belonging are pulled in multiple directions
resulting in a state of flux. I (re)construct the fragments of my identity by using food,
predominantly spices in various forms. I move beyond the discussion of taste and investigate the
idea of experiencing food through multiple senses. My work includes multi-sensory cues of
visuals, sounds, textures, and smells that create a familiar home environment. Food, then,
transcends time and space.

@Work

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Zoe Beloff and Eric Muzzy
Presented by Basement Films

Exhibition: April 21 – 27, 2024

Opening Reception: Sunday, April 21 5-8pm 

Artist Talk: Wednesday, April 24, 11:30-1pm during Experiments in Cinema v19.8

Sanitary Tortilla Factory and Basement Films is pleased to present @WORK, a documentary public art project by Zoe Beloff and Eric Muzzy that was created to celebrate the working people of New York. The project gives workers a platform to share their thoughts about their work, their world and their dreams for the future. The project takes on multiple forms of portraiture. From the start Zoe and Eric saw themselves as facilitators. Their first step was to interview each worker. They began the conversation with the words, “we are here for you…”. Subsequently they build the interviews into short films both serious and playful that situates the subject in place and time. Each worker was invited to choose a song that energized them. This exhibition is presented as part of Experiments in Cinema v19.8, Basement Film’s annual international experimental film festival. 

The project includes fourteen life size portrait banners. QR codes link the banners to the films. The final part of the project was a large-scale wall mural and installation at the Electrical Workers Training Center (IBEW Local #3) in New York City.

During the process of interviewing an incredibly diverse group of workers they learned a lot. For one thing if it were not for the contribution of immigrant women, the city would rapidly grind to a halt. This work is inspired by photographs of workers by Walker Evans and Alan Sekula, painted murals by Ben Shahn and the vernacular style of fairground banners. At the same time, they wanted to take these inspirations into the twenty-first century. They hope these images will travel far and inspire new oral histories.  

Artists bios

Zoe Beloff is a visual artist and filmmaker. With a focus on social justice, she draws timelines between past and present to imagine a more egalitarian future. Zoe’s work has been featured in international exhibitions and screenings including the Whitney Museum, Site Santa Fe, the Akademie der Künste in Berlin and the Pompidou Center in Paris. However, she particularly enjoys working in alternative venues that are free and open to the community. She is a Professor at Queens College.

 http://www.zoebeloff.com/

@zoebeloff

Eric Muzzy studied documentary filmmaking at Temple University though he started his young professional life peripatetically in a series of pursuits including factory worker, cabinet maker, house builder, deckhand and cameraman. He has worked in the film industry as well as acting as director of photography on independent films. He regularly collaborates with two New York artists, Zoe Beloff and composer and singer Shelley Hirsch. He is also engaged in still photography.

https://aspaceinformed.com/

@ecplenair

Experiments in Cinema is an annual production of Albuquerque non-profit Basement Films. The annual festival festival, now in its 19th year, showcases artist films from around the world in a week-long festival in April. More at www.experimentsincinema.org

Experiments in Cinema v19.8 is made possible by support from New Mexico Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, New Mexico Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Central New Mexico Community College, The Albuquerque Film Office.  @Work was created with support from New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Artist Corp, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Social Practice CUNY and The Center for the Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center. 

Printed Matter

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Delilah Montoya, Untitled detail, 1985, photographic serigraph

Printed Matter
Delano Garcia, Diego Garcia, Isabel Hees, Malcolm King, Jesse Littlebird, Delilah Montoya, Henry Morales, The Mobile Abolition Library

Exhibition: March 8 – 29, 2024
Opening Reception: Friday, March 8, 5-8 pm. Live printing throughout the evening.

Sanitary Tortilla Factory is pleased to present Printed Matter, a group exhibition organized by Diego Garcia. Showcasing the diverse talents of artists shaping the creative landscape of Albuquerque, this collection of prints delve into the rich world of print media. From traditional printmaking like screen printing, silkscreen, and serigraphs to non-traditional print techniques, Printed Matter offers an exploration of the myriad mediums utilized by today’s artists. Join us for the opening reception, where throughout the evening live printing will infuse the space.

Image left: Diego Garcia, The Aces detail, silkscreen poster series

One Day Closer to Home

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One Day Closer to Home

Students from the Metropolitan Detention Center and Gordon Bernell Charter School in collaboration with Juli Cobb, Amanda Dannáe Romero, sheri crider, and Working Classroom

February 9, 2024 – February 23, 2024
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 15, 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Sanitary Tortilla Factory is proud to present One Day Closer to Home, an exhibition celebrating the artwork, music, and writing made by students at both the Metropolitan Detention Center and Gordon Bernell Charter School (GBCS), facilitated by Amanda Dannáe Romero and sheri crider as part of the year-long residency partnering with Artists at Work & THE OFFICE Performing Arts + Film in New York along with the City of Albuquerque Department of Arts & Culture and Sanitary Tortilla Factory (STF).

Romero was one of four Albuquerque artists selected for the Artists at Work Artist Residency in the New Mexico Borderlands Region cohort for 2022-2023. As part of the residency, Romero was paired with a Cultural Organization, City of Albuquerque Department of Arts and Culture) and a Social Impact Initiative partner, the Sanitary Tortilla Factory. Throughout her year-long residency, Romero has worked with sheri crider at STF and the visual arts teacher, Juli Cobb at Gordon Bernell Charter School to develop and facilitate arts and music programming for students at the Metropolitan Detention Center and students at the GBCS North Fourth campus. This exhibition is a culmination of some of the work created throughout this residency. It explores questions and ideas related to social justice, the negative impact of the carceral system, identity, what it means to be ‘home’, and how one can be authentically involved with and supported by their community. 

Romero and crider collaborated with students in the detention center on various workshops that included writing music and lyrics, music production and recording, writing and illustrating zines, drawing, portraits, and photography. This space for self-expression gave students a platform to share their stories and experiences not only about being incarcerated, but about who they are as people. The Gordon Bernell Charter School North Fourth campus offers dynamic, flexible academic programs for students. 

Romero and crider will continue to offer this programming along with developing additional initiatives that include system impacted communities. This will be integrated into Sanitary Tortilla Factory’s ongoing framework and organizational capacity as artist and community advocates. They both look forward to engaging with other system-impacted populations through their programming and to continue to advocate for creative expression for those who are inside the system and create sustainable connections during the transition out of incarceration.