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JosŽé Torres-Tama

José Torres-Tama was born in Ecuador, raised in Jersey City and New York City, and lives in New Orleans since 1984.  He is a 2015 MAP Fund award recipient for his ALIENS Taco Truck Theater Project, which will transform a food vehicle into a mobile theater to explore the current anti-immigrant hysteria gripping the USA.  Also he has received Regional Artist Project award from the NEA for his multidisciplinary performances, and he is a Louisiana Theater Fellow.  He received a National Performance Network Creation Fund award for ALIENS, IMMIGRANTS & OTHER EVILDOERS, a sci-fi Latino noir solo chronicling the persecution of immigrants as “aliens” and extraterrestrials.  He is the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation award for his art book New Orleans Free People of Color & Their Legacy, published by the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans.  In September 2014, Diálogos Books New Orleans published Immigrant Dreams & Alien Nightmares, a debut collection of twenty-five years of poems from 1989 to 2014, and from 2006 to 2011, he contributed commentaries to National Public Radio’s Latino USA, exploring the many challenges of the epic post-Katrina recovery and human rights violations immigrant workers have faced in helping to rebuild New Orleans. His battle cry is NO GUACAMOLE For Immigrant Haters!  www.torrestama.com

Staging the Anti-Immigrant Hysteria
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Staging the Anti-Immigrant Hysteria

20 December 2015

José Torres-Tama writes about the development of Aliens, Immigrants & Other Evildoers, a sci-fi Latino noir performance about the Latino immigration experience.

Latinos and the Rebirth of Post-Katrina New Orleans
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Latinos and the Rebirth of Post-Katrina New Orleans

29 August 2015

José Torres-Tama writes about his experience in New Orleans during and after Hurricane Katrina, ten years ago.

Aliens, Immigrants & Other Evildoers Invades Encuentro Festival
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Aliens, Immigrants & Other Evildoers Invades Encuentro Festival

10 November 2014

In the Latin American tradition, the poet, performer, and artist bears a social responsibility, an almost mythic duty, to document and articulate the people’s struggle—la lucha de la gente—when they are denied effective means to have their voices heard in their fight against oppression and their many oppressors. I am an interdisciplinary artist, and I explore the underbelly of the “American Dream” mythology and the Latino immigrant experience through writings, performance, and visual art practices.

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Speaking the Unspoken
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Speaking the Unspoken

Invisible Latino Immigrants of the Reconstruction & St. Claude A Gentrification Tool)

18 January 2013

Aliens, Immigrants & Other Evildoers explores the persecution of immigrants, and segregation of art in New Orleans.