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In this six month residency we begin an outdoor studio creating collaborative works with neighbors on a daily basis, using Urgent Art to addresse experienced realities on gentrification, police brutality, migration and cultural identity.

 

For our first Inauguration in conjunction with the Mission Arts & Performance Project, we invited YESCKA, artist from Oaxaca Mexico, to create an Outdoor Mural which serves as the head of a community created alter honoring victoms and family members of police brutality.

 

As homeless neighbors became the active caretakers of the alter throughout the next month; we begin to build, "Our Built City: transforming the Red Poppy Art House into Sculptural Housing or Functional Shelter. The Art House transformed into a sculptural performance using found recycled materials throughout the months to address the culminating tensions between race, class, affordable housing, cultural appropriation, and police brutality as seen unfold on our corner of 23rd & Folsom.

 

Mr. Pop (Guatemala) and Ariel (Mexico) become Artists in Residence.

 

Inside LA AMAPOLA ROJA as part of the second MAPP Mission and Performance Art Project, the project/installation included a symbolic burial of community members that took turns positioning their bodies into a hole in the center of the Poppy's floor as a social sculpture reflecting how the new Mission is being built on top of lives and histories that go unseen below.

 

Artist Luliliana Herrera and Francisco Herrera, a singer song writer and candidate for San Francisco Mayor, leads a song and ritual performance inviting the public to feel the earth underneath the Red Poppies wooden floors acknowledging the histories residing underneath architectural structures.

 

Featuring sculptural performances by Adrian Arias, Sebastian Alvares, Ramiro Martinez, Meres-Sia Gabriel, and Ben Baker, plus special musical guest Freddy Flowpez and more.

Our Built City

Red Poppy Art House Artistic director in rotation residency