rafa esparza

Guest Artist

Los Angeles native rafa esparza is a multidisciplinary artist whose work reveals his interests in history, personal narratives, and kinship and his own relationship to colonization and the disrupted genealogies that it produces. Through live performance, esparza employs site-specificity, materiality, memory, and what he calls “(non)documentation” as primary tools to investigate and expose ideologies, power structures, and binary forms of identity that establish narratives, history, and social environments. esparza’s recent projects are grounded in laboring with land and adobe making, a skill learned from his father, Ramón Esparza. In so doing, he invites Brown and Queer cultural producers to realize large-scale collective projects, gathering people together to build networks of support outside of traditional art spaces. A recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant, a California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Arts, and an Art Matters Foundation Grant, esparza has had solo exhibitions at MASS MoCA, ArtPace, Atkinson Gallery, Ballroom Marfa, and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, among many others.

Photo of rafa esparza. Taken by Fabian Guerrero.