David Winton Bell Gallery

Event Details

Thursday, November 17, 2022

An Evening with Performance Artist José Torres-Tama | Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration

Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Center for the Creative Arts

José Torres-Tama is a published poet and playwright, journalist and photographer, renegade scholar and arts educator, visual and performance artist, cultural activist and Artistic Director of ArteFuturo Productions in New Orleans. Torres-Tama will perform his solo satirical work, ALIENS, IMMIGRANTS AND OTHER EVIL DOERS at Brown on Thursday, November 17 at 7pm and Friday, November 18 at 7pm in Martinos Auditorium in the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts. Both performances are free and open to the public.

ALIENS is a sci-fi Latino noir genre-bending performance that is visually dynamic, profoundly moving, hilariously absurd, and challenges the anti-immigrant hysteria gripping the United States of AMNESIA. The work draws upon oral histories with immigrants recruited to rebuild New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and José's own story of crossing the border. In addition to the work's stunning artistry, it is an important catalyst for powerful conversations about labor, law, immigration, and community. 

These performances are part of the Sawyer Seminar "Rethinking the Dynamic Interplay of Migration, Race, and Ethnicity in the Caribbean and Latin America." The performances are sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, and The Department of Africana Studies/Rites and Reason Theatre, and are affiliated with Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration.

Written and performed by José Torres-Tama
Thursday, November 17, 2022, 7pm
Friday, November 18, 2022, 7pm
Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Center for the Creative Arts
154 Angell Street, Providence, RI
Free and open to the public