As we approach the end of Precipice Fund’s third grant period and get ready to announce our Round 4 grantees on December 13, we’ve been checking in with our current round of grantees to see how their projects are progressing. The update below comes from echo/hecho in May 2016.
echo/hecho has resonated deeply with our community, across cultures and generations. Since the inception of this project we have been interviewed by several radio series, including but not limited to KBOO & OPB with the intention of outreach and promotion. These interviews have also presented themselves as a platform of process for our collective; what challenges we have met and the actions taken to successfully move forward considering capacity & community engagement.
We released our first podcast for echo/hecho on Friday, February 14th. This day in the U.S. is observed as Valentine’s Day but in many Latin American countries the 14th is celebrated as ‘El dia del amor y amistad’, which translates to the day of love and friendship. Since then we have released 4 podcasts, 3 of which include guests from the community that were invited to speak on their practice and/or activism and how that intertwines with our manifesto: a Queer Xingona Theory. What we are hoping to accomplish with these podcasts are ways in which artist collectives can cultivate & sustain not only their collaborative work but how they can support one another as individuals living in a capitalistic, patriarchal society.
As of the first week of April we have purchased an RV trailer, about 18ft long to begin the 2nd phase of echo/hecho, with the intention of having a mobile gallery with curated exhibitions throughout the summer. We faced some challenges in regards to parking and neighborhood complaints but remodeling has now begun after the relocation of our vehicle. We hope to have the RV ready for exhibitions in July. We will hold a call for submissions to our community by centering work done by women, people of color, youth and those that identify as LGBTQ. The purpose for this is to showcase the work of individuals who are largely underrepresented in the art canon and/or who have not had the space or means to have their work exhibited. In regards to our end of the year event, we have confirmed that S1 will be the site for our final exhibition, which will include music, visual work, and performance. We are so thankful for all the support and encouragement we have found along the way. But most of all we are thankful for the support and validation expressed from PICA members, local artists and the other 2015 grantees.
For more information about echo/hecho, like their page on Facebook, follow them on Instagram, or visit their Soundcloud to listen to their podcast.
Precipice Fund is administered with lead support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Calligram Foundation/Allie Furlotti, as part of the Regional Regranting Program of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.