Please Don’t Bury Me Alive! Parts One + Two

April/May Artists in Residence: Josh Rios & Anthony Romero

While in residence at Sector 2337, Josh Rios and Anthony Romero will present a two-part project titled Please Don’t Bury Me Alive!. Part One, a performative lecture, brings various gestures associated with pedagogy and theater together in a zone of imaginative investigation, a zone where diverse interests like speculative Chicana/o futures and the Othering of Modernism can co-mingle in uncommon and unpremeditated ways. Part Two, an installation staged in the project space, draws on vernacular forms of picture collecting and display indicative of mood boards, bulletin boards, and other casual approaches to aggregating images and objects. Specifically, the installation embraces the visual pleasure of presenting and arranging an excess of Chicana/o centered images where they would not appear otherwise.

Please Don’t Bury Me Alive! Part One (Action, Lecture, Screening)

At 7pm on April 16th, Josh Rios and Anthony Romero will present Part One of Please Don’t Bury Me Alive!—a performative lecture that brings various gestures associated with pedagogy and theater together in a zone of imaginative investigation, a zone where diverse interests like speculative Chicana/o futures and the Othering of Modernism can co-mingle in uncommon and unpremeditated ways. Doors open at 630 pm. This event is free.

Please Don’t Bury Me Alive! Part Two 

Josh Rios & Anthony Romero. "Please, Don't Bury Me Alive! Part Two." Installation view, Sector 2337, 2015. Photo by Clare Britt.

Josh Rios & Anthony Romero. “Please, Don’t Bury Me Alive! Part Two.” Installation view, Sector 2337, 2015. Photo by Clare Britt.

 

Josh Rios & Anthony Romero. "Please, Don't Bury Me Alive! Part Two." Installation view, Sector 2337, 2015. Photo by Clare Britt.

Josh Rios & Anthony Romero. “Please, Don’t Bury Me Alive! Part Two.” Installation view, Sector 2337, 2015. Photo by Clare Britt.

 

Josh Rios & Anthony Romero. "Please, Don't Bury Me Alive! Part Two." Installation view, Sector 2337, 2015. Photo by Clare Britt.

Josh Rios & Anthony Romero. “Please, Don’t Bury Me Alive! Part Two.” Installation view, Sector 2337, 2015. Photo by Clare Britt.

 

Josh Rios & Anthony Romero. "Please, Don't Bury Me Alive! Part Two." Installation view, Sector 2337, 2015. Photo by Clare Britt.

Josh Rios & Anthony Romero. “Please, Don’t Bury Me Alive! Part Two.” Installation view, Sector 2337, 2015. Photo by Clare Britt.

 

Josh Rios & Anthony Romero. "Please, Don't Bury Me Alive! Part Two." Installation view, Sector 2337, 2015. Photo by Clare Britt.

Josh Rios & Anthony Romero. “Please, Don’t Bury Me Alive! Part Two.” Installation view, Sector 2337, 2015. Photo by Clare Britt.

 

Josh Rios & Anthony Romero. "Please, Don't Bury Me Alive! Part Two." Installation view, Sector 2337, 2015. Photo by Clare Britt.

Josh Rios & Anthony Romero. “Please, Don’t Bury Me Alive! Part Two.” Installation view, Sector 2337, 2015. Photo by Clare Britt.

 

Anthony Romero and Josh Rios, both originally from south Texas, now live and work in Chicago. Over the past several years they have been developing various performances, 2 and 3 dimensional works, curatorial projects, installations, writings, and screenings that deal with the experience of being US citizens of Mexican origin in these challenging times. Broadly speaking, their collaborative works center on contemporary Chicana/o aesthetics, the elided histories of the Chicana/o struggle, and the dismissal of Chicana/o contributions to US culture in general.