Friday, Apr 15, 2022 2:00p -

SMFA at Tufts
230 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115

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Artists, activists, and scholars reflect on the past, present and future of solidarity, activism, and community through Latinx networks.

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This panel discussion brings together artists, activists, and scholars on the past, present and future of solidarity, activism, and community through Latinx networks in Boston and the surrounding area. Join us to close Art For the Future and learn more about what is happening at Tufts and within the local community; movement-building in Latin America and other global struggles; perspectives on future organizing; and how to get involved.


Featuring Geovani Alberto Cruz Alfaro, Gabriela Cartagena, Aviva Chomsky, Jorge Gomez-Gonzalez, and Steve Striffler. Presented in partnership with the Tufts Latinx Center.

Geovani Alberto Cruz Alfaro (BFA ’23) is junior at the SMFA at Tufts from El Salvador who grew up in Los Angeles. Geovani curated Temporarily Living: Creating While Questioning, an exhibition documenting the Central American experience for artists at Tufts University in conjunction with Art for the Future and has been a student fellow on the exhibition since the summer of 2021. He is very involved with the SMFA community as an SMFA Student Affairs assistant, Student Government Association secretary, Tufts University Art Gallery student board member, Artist of Color Union member and United for Immigrant Justice member.

Gabriela Cartagena is a community organizer, artist, and educator born and raised in Boston and living in East Boston. She’s into experimental photography and cinema and has taught workshops in the Caribbean and Latin America. She is the Digital Communications Organizer for City Life/Vida Urbana, a grassroots community organization committed to fighting for racial, social and economic justice and gender equality by building working class power.

Aviva Chomsky is a prolific American historian, author, and activist. She currently teaches at Salem State University, where she is also the coordinator of the Latin American studies program. She was previously a research associate at Harvard University, where she specialized in Caribbean and Latin American history. Her most recent book is Central America’s Forgotten History: Revolution, Violence, and the Roots of Migration.

Jorge Gomez-Gonzalez (MFA ’22) is a gay Mexican artist who was born and raised in Oakland, California. Jorge got their B.A. in Art at the University of California Santa Cruz. They are currently getting their MFA at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University and are a Graduate Assistant with the Tufts Latinx Center. Jorge is exploring themes of their intersectional identities through makeup and recently they started to explore ways they can use pinto beans to reclaim the term “Frijolero”/“Beaner.”

Steve Striffler writes and teaches about labor, migration, and the Left in relation to Latin America and the United States. He recently published Solidarity: Latin America and the U.S. Left in the Era of Human Rights, which explores the history of U.S.-Latin American solidarity from the Haitian Revolution to the 2000s.

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Please note that event modalities are subject to change for the health and safety of our community. Guests will be required to follow Tufts University COVID guidelines that include showing proof of vaccination and wearing masks.

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