Threading the Life of a Mayan

SOMARTS, Day of the Dead, Altar installation with José Góngora Pat and his family, and Paz de la Calzada, Oct.-Nov. 2016 The following description is an excerpt from “Threading the Life of a Mayan”. Threaded altar By nature, thread tangles. This year for Day of the Dead in San Francisco, Jose and I worked alongside Read More

Adriana Camarena responds to YBCA’s “Take This Hammer Exhibit” as part of Ten Bay Area Writers Respond, June 7th, 2016

An essay by Adriana Camarena about affordable housing, police brutality, homelessness, art and activism. The author was commissioned by the YBCA to write a response to the exhibit “Take This Hammer”, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), March 11th to August 16th, 2016 (Guest Curator: Christian L. Frock) and present work at the event: Read More

The Naming of Things

The Naming of Things* For Chris Carlsson, and in memory of “Processed World” magazine. I have found the place where making romantic sentences full of pathos and bravado has become factory work. On a plain of paved streets in Sunnyvale, past rows of ticky-tack Spanish-tiled roofs, in a cove of office-warehouses, holding herds of cubicles, Read More

Mourning Luis the morning after the Frisco500 rise up

Mourning a police shooting On April 7, 2016 at 10:04am, two SFPD officers killed Luis Góngora Pat, a Mayan Yucatecan man living unhoused on Shotwell Street. His killing —partially caught on film— was the fourth high profile police officer-involved shooting since 2014. His killing was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Five community members Read More

Democracy Now Interview: Adriana Camarena talks about killings by SFPD

Democracy Now Interview. “Death by Gentrification: Alex Nieto Killed by Hail of Police Bullets in a Changing San Francisco” April 12, 2016 – Amy Goodman interviews Rebecca Solnit and Adriana Camarena on the SFPD killing of Alex Nieto on March 21, 2014 and the other salient cases of police shootings since 2014 (Amilcar Perez Lopez, Read More

#OctoberTogether, More than just baseball…

#OctoberTogether, More than just baseball… Dedicated to Bay Area families victims of police brutality and their supporters I. October Spirit II. Twilight III. Tipping the playing field IV. Unaccountable Murders V. Giants for Justice VI. October Together, the new normal… VII. List of Bay Area homicide victims by police I. October Spirit “October Together” is Read More

The Twilight of Alex Nieto

Somarts, Day of the Dead, Altar installation, Oct. 3-Nov. 10, 2014 On October 3rd, Elvira Nieto and I began painting the walls of our SO- MArts altar titled The Twilight of Alex Nieto, in honor of her son, Alex Nieto. Alex Nieto was killed at twilight on Bernal Hill by four still unnamed police officers Read More

Unaccountable murders by police

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, Day of the Dead, Oct.-Nov. 2014, Interactive installation Over the extended Columbus Day weekend (October 11th-13th), we began readying the walls of another altar. Our altar at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts is titled “Unaccountable Murders: Counting and recounting homicides by police in San Francisco,” a collaboration Read More

108 Homes

Work-in-progress/ Extract (updated Sept. 8, 2014) 108 Homes For Mary Brown— My friend —M— gave me a list of 108 homes with listed owners who had not changed in the last 35 years. I went knocking on those address doors wanting to know who lived there. I started with names on my list that did Read More

VIDEO: Don’t Mind Me

On a sunny summer afternoon in Dolores Park, a bottle scavenger in a red cardigan picked her way through the partying crowd. She was minding her business, which is picking bottles. She wove in and out of techno dancers and picnickers, barely given notice. When acknowledged, she was identified as one of the others. That Read More

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