The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

Collaboration as a strategy for disruption

Jenea Sanchez
Gabriela Muñoz

February 7, 2020 @ 2:00 p.m.

Join us for a conversation with Other TARGET/s artists M. Jenea Sanchez and Gabriela Muñoz as they discuss the ways that their collaborations have intervened systems over the past decade.

The artists will focus on their experiences as women of color and how the act of collaboration itself has been a strategy they have used to question power structures. They will address questions like “How do we choose the right partners?” and “How do we engage community in horizontal work that shares power?”

M. Jenea Sanchez was born and raised in Douglas, AZ / Agua Prieta, SON. After receiving her MFA from Arizona State University in 2011, she returned to Douglas to pursue her career as an artist and educator. She is a fellow of the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture’s Leadership Institute and currently a faculty member at Cochise College in the Digital Media Arts Program. Sanchez’s work has been exhibited at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art; the Hive; The Latino Museum of History, Art and Culture; and the U.S.-Mexico Border fence.

Sanchez and her husband are the co-founders of Border Arts Corridor (BAC), a 501 (c) 3 non- profit arts organization providing the borderlands community an immersive arts district through bi-national artwalks, workshops, performances, public dialogues and artist residencies. BAC was awarded a Governor’s Arts Award in 2016 and has been featured in the New York Times for producing binational art installations and performances on the U.S.- Mexico Border Fence.

Gabriela Muñoz is an interdisciplinary artist, arts educator and arts administrator. Her work as an artist is rooted in her experiences as a Latina living in the southwest and is concerned with movements of social justice and equality. Her installations and printed works function as a growing archive that documents alternate stories and histories ignored by the mainstream. As an active contributor to Arizona’s art community, she is regularly engaged in artist residencies, serves as a juror and panelist, leads artist workshops, and presents lectures for local and national audiences.

As an artist in service of other artists, Muñoz’s collaborations with local, national and international colleagues – as well as museums and cultural organizations – have allowed her to support the development of artists and culture bearers in the Southwest region. Through her work at ASU, the Arts Commission and Phoenix Art Museum, she has developed artist-centric public programs, artist grants, exhibitions and creative partnerships. She is a fellow of both the Intercultural Leadership Institute and the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture’s Leadership Institute.