Stories that Move
September 11, 18 and 25
Big City Forum presents Stories that Move in collaboration with Stairwell LA and artist collaborators Leonardo Bravo, Reina Imagawa, Jeremy Rosenberg, and Cynthia Vargas.
During this month-long free online series, Leonardo Bravo facilitates the exchange of ideas by bringing attention to the intersection between artists, culture makers, and social justice.
Friday, September 11 at 4pm on Zoom
Lilliana Castro is a multidisciplinary designer based in Los Angeles, California. As a feminist, lesbian, and activist with a grassroots and punk-rock approach, her design projects center around empowering Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous and People of Color (QTBIPOC). Lilliana was born in San Salvador, El Salvador and immigrated to the U.S. in ‘89. Her design journey began at Pasadena City College (PCC), and graduated from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in 2008. In 2010 she founded Archeffect Design, to unite her passion for graphic design and architecture, on the premise that the role of the designer is a facilitator rather than an expert. Lilliana prioritizes giving back to her community as part of her design journey through uplifting others. Her work has been experienced at the Architecture + Design Museum ‘Come In Les Femmes’, the Coachella Music & Arts Festival 2012, EDC Las Vegas 2013, Coachella Music & Arts Festival 2014, and most recently the 1st place award winner of the Yes to ADU Design Competition in Los Angeles to alleviate the humanitarian crisis of homelessness. archeffectdesign.com
Friday, September 18 at 4pm on Zoom
Chinwe Okona is a multidisciplinary artist and actor based in Los Angeles, California. Her work investigates the palpability of sentiment, nostalgia, and forgiveness, and centers self-documentation as the implement of memory creation. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2013 and is currently attending the USC Marshall School of Business. More recently she has exhibited at Limited Space Gallery, Office & Space Gallery, and Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles, as well as the MexiCali Biennial 2018 - 2020. chinweokona.com
Friday, September 25 at 3pm
Susan Silton is an interdisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles, California. Her projects respond to resonant political and social landscapes, often through poetic combinations of humor, discomfort, subterfuge and unabashed beauty. These projects mine the complexities of subjectivity and subject positions in a range of media, including performative and participatory-based works, photography, video, installation, text/audio works, and offset lithography. Her work has been exhibited/presented nationally and internationally at Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; SFMOMA, San Francisco; Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects; LAXART, Los Angeles; Hammer Museum; ICA/ Philadelphia; MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles; and Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, among others. susansilton.com
July 17 - August 22
Dog Glove Hand
Glove Hand Dog
Commonwealth and Council
Hand Dog Glove
Big City Festival "Stories that Move"
July 31 - August 2 at 2PM (PST)
Big City Forum brings together culture makers, activists, change agents, and creative visionaries to explore the role of art in building a strong democracy and collaboratively shaping a better future.
This pilot program will highlight the power of stories to heal, transform, and catalyze our actions towards a new sense of knowledge making as we encounter tremendous personal and collective upheavals due to the pandemic. Stories that Move is a collaboration with Stairwell LA and artist collaborators Leonardo Bravo, Reina Imagawa, Jeremy Rosenberg, and Cynthia Vargas.