NYC
2018
Event Type: 
Film Screening
Room: 
1.93
Timeslot: 
Session 3: Saturday, June 2nd: 2:00 - 3:50pm
Event Organizer: 
Description: 
A couple originally hailing from Mexico, Fran and Gabriela are drawn together by their love for each other and a shared belief in revolutionary economic ideas. We find them in a small 1-bedroom apartment in the Bronx - Fran works part-time in retail while Gaby works in labor union activism. This intimate observational portrait follows the couple in their everyday activities, getting to know their worldviews through earnest dialogue and playful arguments. They structure their lives to create time for a joint project called, the Diego de la Vega Coffee Cooperative. Collaborating with friends and family in Mexico, they purchase Zapatista coffee from the southernmost state, Chiapas, mailing it as cheaply as possible to NY. By serving it at community events at a“pay what you can” rate they can share their ideas about the Zapatistas alternative economic systems, pre- Columbian indigenous ways of life and anti-capitalist rhetoric. Inspired by the Zapatistas “utopia”, Fran and Gaby work to create their own, finding the smallest workable unit of a utopia is a system of two.

Participants

•Growing up in the politically charged and divided island of Cyprus, Stephanie’s work deals with the issues of identity, nationalism, history making, and othering. Her films are immersive, performative, and poetic. She gained her BA in Fine Art in the U.K. be fore crossing the pond to receive an... Read more
•Born and raised in Arizona, Sarah's creative career began as a reaction to the landscape, and resulting culture, in which she was raised. Since then, her work continues to explore patterns and systems in everyday life, looking at social systems and the impact they have on individual's... Read more
•Gabriela Ceja is a socially engaged artist born and raised in Mexico City living in New York. Her work investigates the impact of labor in social psyche by amplifying trajectories and narratives of workers and doing intersubjective practices looking to de-alienate spaces and relationships. In... Read more
Fran Ilich, artist and writer, is the author of award-winning novels, a book-length essay and multiple works of narrative media. He was a fellow at Eyebeam and A Blade of Grass. he has produced work by comission of the New School’s Vera List Center for Art and Politics, No Longer Empty and others.... Read more