Artist-in-Residence Sorrondeguy Offers Talk, Zine Workshop

April 10, 2019

  • Sorrondeguy is the lead singer for the openly queer punk band Limp Wrist.
  • His talk will be at 4:30 on April 16, during the closing reception of Ripped & Torn in the LookOut! Art Gallery.
  • The workshop follows at 7 p.m. in the RCAH art studio on the basement level of Snyder.

By RCAH Communications

Martin Sorrondeguy punk photographsAs part of his arts residency and the RCAH LookOut! Art Gallery exhibit Ripped & Torn: Punk at the Intersection, Martín Sorrondeguy will offer a talk and zine workshop in the RCAH art studio on Tuesday, April 16.

The talk will be at 4:30 on April 16, during the closing reception of Ripped & Torn in the LookOut! Art Gallery, on the second floor of Snyder-Phillips Hall in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at MSU. The workshop will follow at 7 p.m. in the RCAH art studio on the basement level of Snyder.

During his visit at Michigan State, Sorrondeguy also will provide three classroom visits, meet with a local LGBTQ community center, and visit with local high school students.

Sorrondeguy was born in Montevideo, Uruguay; raised in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago; and has returned to Pilsen after 15 years of living in California. He is a visual artist, photographer, and musician.

The core of Sorrondeguy’s work addresses inequities through the creation of physical and artistic space, first as the singer for the internationally renowned politically-charged punk en Español hardcore band Los Crudos. Nineteen years ago, Sorrondeguy began his career as the lead singer for the beloved hardcore band and is now lead vocals for the openly queer punk band, Limp Wrist. The June 2018 issue of Rolling Stone magazine published an article titled “Music’s Unsung LGBTQ Heroes.” In the article, Limp Wrist was featured among the 25 most notable artists in music history due to the band's commitment to creating visibility for the LGBTQ community.

In the late '90s, Sorrondeguy produced, shot, and edited a documentary titled "Mas Alla De Los Gritos/Beyond the Screams" (1999). The documentary footage includes portions of Los Crudos tour dates throughout the U.S., Mexico, and South America. These tours informed and expanded the scope of what it meant to be a punk in the U.S. as well as in Latin America. Sorrondeguy’s documentary homes in on young Chicanx and Latinx migrant punk rockers surviving the era brought in by the xenophobic Proposition 187 in California and a general anti-Latino immigrant sentiment sweeping the U.S, and continues to do so today.

Sorrondeguy has published three photography books, En Busca de Algo Mas (2015, Ugly, Bueno Aires); Get Shot: A Visual Diary 1985-2012 (2012, Make-A-Mess, Los Angeles); and Porqueria (2010, Base, Tokyo).

Talk:  4-7 p.m. on April 16 in the LookOut! Art Gallery

Zine workshop: 7-9 p.m. April 16 in the RCAH art studio

Sorrondeguy's visit is sponsored by these MSU colleges, departments, and units: The Residential College in the Arts and Humanities; College of Arts and Letters; American Indian and Indigenous Studies; Art, Art History and Design; Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies; and Chicano/Latino Studies.

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