In this artist talk, Pelaez Lopez will discuss the ways in which United Statian settler-law attempts to territorialize the imagination of migrant subjects and the types of intimate domestic struggles that this infringement in the imagination causes. Throughout the talk, the poet will share new and published work (poetry, installation, and visual art) that directly address what an alternative future might look like, centered on their mother's teachings.
Alan Pelaez Lopez is an AfroIndigenous poet, installation and adornment artist from the coastal Zapotec community of Oaxaca, México. Much of the artist’s work is invested in thinking with and through fugitivity, grief, ancestral memories, futures, and the role of storytelling in migrant households. Pelaez Lopez is the author of Intergalactic Travels: poems from a fugitive alien (The Operating System, 2020), a finalist for the 2020 International Latino Book Award, and to love and mourn in the age of displacement (Nomadic Press, 2020).