Michael Espinoza (they/them or he/him) is an artist living and working in Portland, OR, located on the ancestral lands of the Multnomah, Clakamas, Kathamet, Tualitan and the many other tribes who made their homes along the Columbia river. The major themes in their work include queer identity, Mexican heritage, whiteness, family, ancestry, healing and recovery, sex and the body. Recent work has included a durational live performance on the streets of Portland, site-specific gallery installation, video installation for Museo de las Americas (Denver, CO), and a series of installations by the sea in Jalisco, Mexico. They regularly collaborate with academics, performance artists, visual artists, drag queens and dancers. They are currently at work on a collaborative project which aims to create a large conceptual space to fill with the artworks which would have created by an entire generation of queer ancestors lost to AIDS. Please contact them immediately if you fund a grant or residency that could support this type of work.

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Out Now:

Perverse Bodies, the Winter 2021 zine from Femme Salée. This edition features a print version of the ritual Bound: a ritual for Queer Ancestors lost to AIDS.

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Recent Exhibition

Bound: a ritual for Queer Ancestors lost to AIDS. Video insallation for Vicki Myhren Gallery, Denver, CO. Presented on Dec. 1, 2020 in recognition of World AIDS Day.

 

How to Survive a Plague, (latex condoms, latex, embroidery. 2020) New sculptural work in the group show MASK for Vicki Myhren Gallery at the University of Denver. Denver, CO. September 17-November 30, 2020.

 

A Place/Un Lugar Video installation for Museo de las Americas (Denver, CO), June 2020.

queer burials: Jean Genet, Leslie Feinberg, Michel Foucault, Walt Whitman. Risk/Reward presents PAVEMENT, a pop-up performance art festival, August 4, 2018, Portland, OR.

Reassurances I & II. Self Care: a group show about living beyond depression. November 2017, Ford Gallery, Portland, OR.

Rooftop Ritual, 2019, Portland, OR in collaboration with immersive VR technology, featuring Pepper Pepper, http://thepepperpepper.com/

HOMOFAGSGIVING, community action, 2017-20, Portland, OR. Gathering for creating a collective focus for honoring queer ancestors.

Publications

Perverse Bodies, edited by Genevieve Waller for Femme Salée (Denver, CO/New Orleans, LA), winter, 2021. Features a print version of the video Bound: a ritual for Queer Ancestors lost to AIDS. https://femmesalee.com/perverse-bodies/

Mirror, Mirror, a digital zine published by Union Hall Gallery, Denver, CO. March, 2021. https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5c37e973f2e6b124526ae5c9/t/604bf7bd02cdbb1d9b61a1a2/1615591769426/Mirror+Mirror+Zine.pdf

Media

Lecture: Emptiness in the work left undone my Queer Artists lost to AIDS. Presented in recognition of World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, 2020 fro Vicki Myhren Gallery at University of Denver.

Artist Panel with MASK creators for the University of Denver, November 5, 2020.

Reviews of MASK at Vicki Myhren Gallery: The Denver Post, October 13, 2020; DGO Magazine (Durango, CO), October 28, 2020

 

Interview, a conversation with Museo de las Americas for the installation of A Place/Un Lugar, June 2020 www.museo.org

Interview, The Queer Spirit podcast with Nick Venegoni. April, 2020 http://queerhealingjourneys.com/podcast/

Live Reading: The Faggots and their Friends Between Revolutions by Larry Mitchell, Anchoress Syndicate via Instagram Live, March 30, 2020.

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