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Humanos De New Mexico: Social Activism And Art With Jade And Kilko

Mon. 12/26 7p: Oral history through "testimonio" is at the heart of the community collective project, Humans of New Mexico/Humanos de New Mexico.

We´ll listen to the life stories of Jade Leyva and Kilko Paz, who share their different experiences of arriving to New Mexico through alternative creative routes. Jade, originally from Mexico City, speaks to coming to New Mexico to find a creative edge and to attempt to live full time out of her artwork: 

After two years that I arrived to New Mexico I was just inspired by everything, this place is so awesome.”  

Kilko’s story speaks to the social responsibility of being an artist in a place like Albuquerque, New Mexico:

“Nosotros como músicos creo que tenemos una herramienta de comunicación muy grande. 

Yo creo que teniendo ese poder, esa herramienta tan grande, hay que decir algo, yo creo que es importante.”

With the goal of gathering the diversity of New Mexican cultural traditions, the project Humans of New Mexico focuses on oral history -recorded and archived for future generations- prioritizing oral and language traditions. This show was co-hosted by  Rafael Martínez and Moisés Santos; production and edition by Froilan Orozco, Moisés Santos and Espejos de Aztlán Coordinator Cristina Baccin,  along with recording, edition and transcription of the interviews by the Humans of New Mexico collective. 

Rafael is a PhD candidate in American Studies at the University of New Mexico. His research involves a deep social, historical and political analysis of immigrant rights and undocumented youth. As an UndocuScholar Activist, Rafael is engaged in projects that seek to connect academic work with community development. Rafael is the founder of the Humans of New Mexico, a statewide media oral history project. As a member of the Raíces Collective, he hosts the monthly “Humans of New Mexico” show on Espejos de Aztlán, where stories from all over the state are featured. rafaelmartinez@kunm.org
Froilan Orozco is a Master’s candidate in American Studies at the University of New Mexico. His interests are in cinematic representations, Mexican American history, borderlands, and the U.S. Southwest. He is a collective member of Humans of New Mexico, a statewide media oral history project, and hosts their monthly show on Espejos de Aztlán as a member in the Raíces Collective.froilanorozco@kunm.org