Lit & Luz Live Magazine Show: Structure Collaboration between artists from Mexico and Chicago


Year after year, the Lit & Luz Festival program supports the creation of new works of art made in collaboration and exchange between writers, visual artists and musicians from Chicago and Mexico City. In the months prior to this celebration, teams of artists, originally from these cities, work remotely to co-create a multidisciplinary performance.

The pieces resulting from this collaboration, both in Spanish and English, make up the festival’s program, which explores the relationship between both languages, and captures the forms of art and culture of the United States and Mexico. It is a conversation between two countries to strengthen and promote lasting and meaningful professional ties, as well as intercultural friendships.

This bilateral meeting takes place, first in the city of Chicago, Illinois and later moves to the Mexican capital. The most outstanding event and closing of the program is the Live Magazine Show, which in its eighth edition refers to the theme of Structure, where artists consider in their creative development, the physical, political and social structures that inhabit and surround us. An event held in collaboration with the UNAM Chopo University Museum.

Saturday, March 12, 2022 / 8:00 p.m.

Show at the Dinosaur Forum of the Chopo University Museum

Lit & Luz Festival is a production of MAKE Literary Productions, NFP that supports, promotes and connects contemporary writers, artists and audiences through publications, multidisciplinary art events and international cultural exchange.

Participants of the Live Magazine Show 2022: Jazmina Barrera (MX) and Julietta Cheung (EU); Rocío Cerón (MX) and Krista Franklin (USA); Pergentino José (MX) and Santiago X (EU); Daniel Monroy Cuevas (MX); Amanda Goldblatt (USA); Jordan Hicks (USA); Chantal Penalosa (MX); Jose-Luis Moctezuma (USA); and Jacquelyn Carmen Guerrero (CQQCHIFRUIT).

James X
Multidisciplinary artist and architect born in Phoenix, Arizona. He belongs to the Koasati people and from the island of Guam which is part of the United States. He earned his Master of Architecture from the University of Southern California and his MFA in Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. He received the New City Top 50 Artist Awards in 2020 and the 3Arts Award in 2019.

His work shows the liminal space between the ancestral and the posthuman world. He is a committee advisor to the Chicago Monuments and Memorials Committee and the first Native American to participate in the Chicago Architecture Biennial. His work has been exhibited in international galleries and forums such as the Museum of Contemporary Native Art, the Ars Electronica and the MCA Chicago. In 2020, he was commissioned by the Department of the United States as the lead artist for the Brazilian arts incubator, The American Arts Incubator Brazil, where he taught workshops that culminated in a virtual reality exhibition titled PORTAL. He defines his artistic work as Indigenous Futurism.

Krista Franklin
Writer and visual artist who currently lives and works in Chicago. She is the author of Under the Knife (Candor Arts, 2018) and Study of Love & Black Body (Willow Books, 2012). Her work is associated with the currents of Afrofuturism and Afrosurrealism.

Graduated from the MFA program in Interdisciplinary Arts at Columbia College Chicago. His work has been published and exhibited in different literary magazines and anthologies, as well as in various galleries: Poetry magazine, BOMB Magazine, The End of Chiraq: A Literary Mixtape (2018), The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip -Hop (2015), The Studio Museum in Harlem, Chicago Cultural Center and The Cornell Fine Arts Museum. She has collaborated with contemporary artists on numerous projects, incorporating her texts into performances, audio recordings, film scripts, and prints. She is a resident of the Cave Canem Foundation, a prestigious program for African-American poets. Her work is associated with Afrofuturism and Afrosurrealism, two cultural and aesthetic movements that explore the intersections between the African Diaspora, technology, the present, history, folklore, and myth.

Jacquelyn Carmen Guerrero
Better known as CQQCHIFRUIT is an interdisciplinary four-gender artist and mixing DJ, of Puerto Rican and Cuban descent from Hialeah, Florida. After graduating with a BA in Communication from Northwestern University with a focus on theater and dance in 2010, Guerrero immersed herself in the underground nightlife of Chicago’s LGBTTTIQA+ community. Whether DJing, performing and hosting spaces in queer nightlife since 2012, he is the co-founder of TRQPITECA, an artistic duo and multimedia event production company that celebrates queer art and dance music culture. The potential of communal dance floors as sites that empower radical realizations, healing and liberation are a focus of his personal and collaborative social practice.

Jasmine Barrera
He received the Latin American Voices award granted by Literal magazine in 2013 for his book Cuerpo Extrana/Foreign Body. She is the editor and founder of Ediciones Antelope, an independent publisher in Mexico City. Línea nigra, her most recent book, reflects on motherhood and the mystery of the body. She studied a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing at New York University and has obtained the Fulbright scholarship, the Young Creators scholarship from the National Fund for Culture and the Arts, and the Young Creators scholarship from the Foundation for Mexican Letters. She is co-founder and editor of Ediciones Antelope in Mexico City. Her most recent book, Línea nigra (2020), was published by the Oaxacan publisher Almadía.

Rocio Ceron
He received the Gilberto Owen National Literature Award, one of the most important national literary awards in Mexico, for his book Basalto (2002). His travelogues received the See America Travel Writer Award in 2005 from the US Embassy. His work has been published in different anthologies such as Saying and Vertigo: Panorama of Recent Latin American Poetry, 1965-1979, (Filodecaballos, 2005). His work has been translated into different languages: German, English, Turkish, Finnish, Swedish and French.

She is a poet and interdisciplinary creator born in Mexico City. Her work is committed to a dialogue between poetry, performance, video, action and music. Some of her works are: Observante (2019); Dark Matter (2018); Borealis (2016); Anatomy of the knot. Collected work (2002-2015); Diorama (2012); and Vortex Knot (2015). She is part of the National System of Creators of FONCA, a prestigious scholarship program for artists created by the Mexican government. Website:

Jose-Luis Moctezuma
Chicano poet, essayist and researcher. He was born in San Gabriel, California, but has lived in different parts of the world, such as Philadelphia, Seoul, and Chicago. His interests as a researcher are Victorian literature, poetry and his relationship with the image. He has directed several poetics and poetry workshops. Author of Spring Tlaloc Seance. He won the Omnidawn 1st / 2nd Poetry Prize in 2017 for his book Place-Discipline. His poetic and critical work has been published in magazines and platforms such as Jacket2, Chicago Review, MAKE Magazine, Cerise Press, FlashPoint Magazine, WORD, Hydra Magazine, Berkeley Poetry Review, among others. He received his Bachelor of Arts (BA) from the University of California at Berkeley.

Daniel Monroy Cuevas
Graduated from the Guadalajara Audiovisual Art Center (2000) and the SOMA educational program in Mexico City (2013). His pieces have been presented at different film and video festivals in the United States, Sweden, Denmark, Brazil, Mexico, Israel, among others. He was a finalist for the Discovery Award at the LOOP fair in Barcelona.

His practice poses a dialogue with the cinematographic imaginary and production. His work is characterized by its self-reflective quality, which strips, evidences or questions the components that make up moving images. His projects explore the history of cinema, how the perception of time is altered by film and video, as well as the boundaries between documentary and fiction. Among his individual exhibitions stand out BETASOM (Casa de Francia, CDMX, 2019); How I learned to steal (A chapter on my drawing lessons (Arredondo/Arozarena, CDMX, 2019), among others. He has also participated in group exhibitions such as What we all knew but couldn’t articulate (Fofa Gallery, Montreal, Canada, 2018 ) and After me, the dream (Space Manifesto, Guatemala City, 2018). He was selected for the Tenth Mercosul Biennial. In 2019 he held a residency at the Changdong Residency of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA, Seoul , Korea) and in 2017 at the CAP, Museum of Contemporary Art in Bordeaux, France.

Chantal Penalosa
Visual artist born in Tecate, (Mexico, 1987). She currently lives in Tijuana. Her work has been part of different exhibitions in museums such as M HKA, Museum (Belgium, 2019); ESPAC (Mexico 2019); XII FEMSA Biennial (Mexico, 2018); CCI Fabrika (Russia, 2017); ZKM for Arts and Media (Germany, 2015) and at the MUAC (Mexico, 2014). She received the acquisition prize at the XIV Bienal de Artes Visuales del Noroeste in 2014, the visual arts exhibition organized by the government of Sinaloa that brings together the best visual artists from northern Mexico.

His work reflects on time and daily life through interventions to explore the notions of work, waiting and delay. In turn, repetition is a central element of his work. He studied Fine Arts at the University of Baja California and also at the University of São Paulo. She has received scholarships of national importance such as the FONCA Young Artists and was part of the Bancomer-MACG Program in its fourth edition in 2014. She currently lives in Tijuana, Baja California.

Pilgrim Joseph
Born in San Agustín Loxicha, Oaxaca, in 1981. Author of the first literary translation into English of a text from the Sierra Zapotec. His work is focused on pointing out the historical struggles of indigenous communities in Mexico. He was selected in the prestigious México20 project as part of the group of writers who represent new literary traditions in Mexican literature.

He is a teacher in Hispano-American Literature from the Austral University of Chile. He has published poetry and prose in both Zapotec and Spanish and is a member of FONCA’s National System of Art Creators, one of the most important scholarship programs for artists developed by the Mexican government. He has received the CaSa award organized by various cultural institutes in Oaxaca. Red Ants (Deep Vellum, 2020) is his first book in English and the first literary translation into English from the Sierra Zapotec.

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