Socially Engaged Artist
I am a socially and politically engaged artist working in the public sphere. I find comfort, hope, and inspiration through the process of working with and collaborating with others. As a student of popular education, my work often incorporates community storytelling, dialogue, and shared meals. At the center of my practice is a continual desire to uplift and acknowledge working class and immigrant communities of color. I have worked with grassroots groups, cultural organizations, and educational institutions in the production of participatory performance, communal cookouts, and community film screenings. Over the years, the line between my artwork and my political work has become more and more blurred. I now spend the bulk of my time in community settings working in tandem with others to grow power and seek justice through education, art, and resistance.
To view detailed descriptions of past projects please visit https://cristofina.wixsite.com/sanchezjuarezstudio
Civic Art: Four Stories from South LA
Cocina Abierta's Victoria Park Cooks project featured in civic art documentary.
Civic Art: Four Stories from South Los Angeles follows the rarely witnessed, intricate process of one of the most mysterious and controversial art forms affecting the public at large. This documentary entertainingly delves into the requisite political journeys navigated by Los Angeles-based artists as they wrestle with myriad social sensitivities, budgetary constraints and technical variables. Attempting to stay true to their art process and aesthetic tendencies, these artists negotiate with the government and the neighborhoods to produce ambitious, permanent, large-scale art projects. With the intent to alleviate graffiti and amplify use of shared public spaces, these projects explore the extensive social power of art within four neighborhoods in South Los Angeles County. Civic Art highlights the vital, complicated and often misunderstood efforts behind artwork made with and for the public that often prompts questions such as: “Why is that there?”, "Who made that?” and “Am I paying for it?” The answers are both surprising and illuminating in this rare peek behind an ever-present bureaucratic curtain within a US democratic culture.
Directed by: Mark Escribano
Produced by: Sara Daleiden
Commissioned by Los Angeles County Arts Commission Civic Arts Program
Watch the Civic Art trailer below and link to the full documentary here.