The third edition of Crossfade LAB will stage an intimate, experimental conversation between Grammy award-winning Mexican musician Julieta Venegas and acclaimed Los Angeles artist Rafa Esparza. Moderated by 2016 MacArthur Fellow Josh Kun, the evening will include music and performance and will explore themes that move across the work of both Venegas and Esparza: love and land, memory and masks, and the many ways songs and art can help our bodies to make sense of, and survive, history.
Josh Kun is an author, academic, curator and music critic. He is the recipient of a 2016 MacArthur Fellowship. His research focuses on the arts and politics of cultural connection, with an emphasis on popular music, the cultures of globalization, the US-Mexico border, Los Angeles and Jewish-American musical history.
Julieta Venegas is a Mexican singer, songwriter, instrumentalist and producer from Tijuana, Baja California. A Grammy Award-winning artist, she is one of the most influential alternative and pop music singer-songwriters in Latin America today.
Rafa Esparza is a multidisciplinary artist from Los Angeles whose work ranges from installation, sculpture, painting and live performance. His work often takes the form of physically exhaustive performances and installations centered largely on the making of adobe bricks, produced in collaboration with his father and family members. Rafa will be a featured artist in the 2017 Whitney Biennial.