José Guadalupe Garza was born along the US/Mexico border. He is a conceptual artist, educator, and military veteran working across various mediums. His practice examines how Latinx histories are continually constructed and reconstructed in American popular culture. Garza borrows from films, music, literary works, and the science fiction genre to create reimagined narratives that include appropriated images, recorded music, reenactments, experimental photography, improvisation, ad hoc libraries, presentations, curated screenings and exhibitions, and ready-made objects.
Scholarly research interests include: visibility and invisibility both culturally and as it relates to the electromagnetic spectrum, the parameters, functions and limits of cinematic adaptation, the shift from text-centric to image-centric societies, and utilizing art and technology to expand human consciousness and interconnectivity.
As an educator, bell hooks' texts Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom and Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope are his blueprint to collaborate with students and communities to "transgress against racial, sexual, and class boundaries in order to achieve the gift of freedom" and to create "places of liberating mutuality where teacher and student together work in partnership”.
Garza has exhibited and screened works widely throughout the United States and abroad. In 2019, he participated with frequent collaborator Miríam Ruiz in Counterpublic , an expansive triennial public art platform scaled to the Cherokee Street neighborhood in St. Louis. Upcoming exhibitions and screenings include, Border Control: Traversing Horizons in Media Practice at Stamps Gallery in the University of Michigan and From the Archives: Video in America at the Everson Museum in Syracuse, NY.
Currently, he is the Museum Educator at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, is an adjunct professor at St. Charles Community College and University of Missouri St. Louis, serves on the boards of Bread and Roses Missouri, Latinx Arts Network, and Paul ArtSpace, is a Caretaker (Studio + Install) at The Luminary, and is a founding member of Monaco and the Latinx Film Festival in St. Louis.
MFA | Visual Arts | Washington University in St. Louis || BFA | Drawing | University of Florida || United States Navy | Mark 99 Fire-Control System
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