Ytaelena Lopez
Since 2007

BIO
Where are you from? In this time, you have the option to choose where you want to belong. It is a huge privilege that allows us to go farther away than a physical place or a racial identity. We can build an identity based in our vision of a better world, a new trans-cultural "American Dream". But to do that we have to accept what we are and what we have been.

In my case I am woman, I am Latina, I am immigrant, I am Yta.

I have to deal with old things from the past: the violence, the absence of hope, the death. Here we have a new pallette with new names. Along with the stamp on my passport, I am stamped "minority". People presume so much from skin color or heritage, and they all guess differently.

I don't blame them. I believe that now identities are a personal option, more tied with the place where you call "home" and why. I am trying to move forward, in a effort to participate as a individual in a collective idea of a country, because we can. This is what my art is about: dreams and nightmares of a future that are began to taking form. And I am not the only that I feel in that way; the young people especially, share the same hope.

I am an storytelling, with a watchdog noise and an artistic vision. My I can say that because my background (literature and journalist), that enrich my strong technical formation in visual arts (drawing, sculpture and comics). I was born and raised in Venezuela, but I already belong to San Francisco, my home.

If you want to know more about me, just visit: http://ytaelena.com
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EVENT

3rd ATA Film and Video Festival


Dates:
Thu Oct 02, 2008 00:00 - Fri Sep 12, 2008

Artists’ Television Access celebrates independent and underground film and video with 3 nights of subversive and often surreal beauty, spotlighting the work of many local, national and international underground film and video makers.

On Thursday, October 2, the festival opens with Craig Baldwin’s latest collage-narrative Mock Up On Mu, based on the bizarre story of rocket-scientist Jack Parsons and his tangled involvement with Scientology founder L.Ron Hubbard and bohemian muse Marjorie Cameron. Don’t miss the intro act by Mu-vie star, Stoney Burke as John McTaint (think McCain).

On Friday and Saturday, October 3rd and 4th, the festival will showcase 20 short films that run the cinematic gamut - from former SF rocker Jibz Cameron’s mercurial “The Quiet Storm” and the controversial “Visions of Wasted Time,” by Neil Ira Needleman, to the gorgeous flicker of Paul Clipson’s “Sphinx on the Seine” and Telemach Wiesinger’s “3x1.” Both programs are very different, so choose wisely or come to both.

In addition to the screenings, Shalo P.’s troubled video weather patterns and Sam Manera’s ode to high-voltage photography will be displayed as installations throughout the gallery during the festival. Plus, the ATA Window will feature an international selection of experimental film artists during the month of October.

For a complete schedule listing, including interviews with many of the filmmakers about their work, visit: http://festival.atasite.org


EVENT

BïTCH, Welcome to America!


Dates:
Fri Jan 11, 2008 00:00 - Mon Jan 07, 2008

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Installation by Ytaelena Lopez and Carlos Bueno

Reception with artists Friday January 11 7pm-10pm

Woman, immigrants, latinos... many groups at many times carry the weight of the system on their shoulders. The are promised rewards (for them, or perhaps their children) as long as they conform. What is the promise? Assimilation, acceptance and wealth.

This video-installation explores the mundane horror of a human being reduced to an "animal" through behavioral conditioning. There has been a lot of (in our opinion, not enough) resistance to it. Just as the current fashion holds that everything is "information", or the older philosophic fashion of "utility", Skinner's behaviorist regime only works if you throw away much of what makes us human.

Artists' Television Access (ATA
992 Valencia Street (at 21st)
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415)824-3890
ata@atasite.org

Friday, January 11, 2007. 7:00 PM Free

About Ytaelena López:
Yta is a Venezuelan writer who has been doing poetic performances since
1998. Her first projects were with GrupoGrama, a multimedia art collective
in Caracas that promotes new artistic talent and cultural events in
alternative public spaces. She is the author of two books: Voces Nuevas of
Celarg-Monteavila (1998) and Pliegues (2007)

More about Ytaelena López:
http://almainsolada.blogspot.com/


EVENT

BÏTCH:


Dates:
Fri Dec 14, 2007 00:00 - Fri Dec 07, 2007

Friday, December 14, 2007. 8PM Free
BÏTCH:
pavlovian solutions for the modern home

Performance by Ytaelena Lopez y Carlos Bueno
Tired of your BITCH reading liberal books, speaking Spanish and standing on two legs? How will she develop in today's society with such handicaps? See how behavioral conditioning can keep her in line. Train a BITCH to piss from fear, on command!

This performance is to illustrate how pseudo-scientific and cultural myths are used to maintain social control over women and minorities.

Artists' Television Access
992 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 824-3890
ata@atasite.org

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About Ytaelena López:
http://almainsolada.blogspot.com/