Paul S. Flores presents a dynamic introduction to and spoken word presentation about Latino movements for liberation and solidarity. The evening will feature Flores performing new spoken word pieces addressing the internment of Latino immigrants and the impact of family incarceration and separation on the greater Latino community. Flores will also invite two artists from the Latino and Asian community to join his performance and present their work on Latino Asian solidarity.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Paul S. Flores’ deep dive into themes of transnationality and citizenship comes at a crucial time in contemporary history. Flores creates plays and oral narratives that spur and support societal movements that lead to change. Flores’s recent play “On The Hill: I Am Alex Nieto” brought San Francisco communities together divided by gentrification and police violence. Flores’ ability to paint a vivid picture of bi-cultural Latino experience is shaped by growing up near the Mexican border. As a San Francisco artist of Mexican and Cuban-American heritage, Flores has built a national reputation for interview-based theater integrating Latino and indigenous healing practices to tell the stories of real people impacted by immigration and systemic inequalities. His comprehensive body of work touches on the immigrant story in all its complexities: from the violent—forced migration, gang life, war, incarceration and separated families—to intergenerational relationships and preserving important cultural values.