Call for Performers
We are inviting people to view and experience select artwork (posted below) from artist, Xochihuitzilin. Once you have done so, choose any of the art pieces to build your own artwork - whether it be a poem, prose, or an original song. Write, edit, and prepare your piece to perform live on Saturday, November 20th 2021, 7 pm - 10pm, at Through The Looking Glass (6000 Welch Ave #17) The event will have limited open mic spots available; however, you can register for a guaranteed performance spot HERE if you plan on sharing an original work inspired by one of Xochihuitzilin's art pieces.
This kind of work is an example of what we call Ekphrasis.
Ekphrasis - “Description” in Greek. An ekphrastic poem is a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art. Through the imaginative act of narrating and reflecting on the “action” of a painting or sculpture, the poet may amplify and expand its meaning."
Source: Poetry Foundation
Why we named the event Memeya
[from Nahuatl origin, English translation meaning] water or some other liquid to flow or spring from many places (see Molina); from other examples, this would include breast milk
Thus we hope that in creating these ekphrastic works, we may "spring from" the source of inspiration and much like that liquid flow, be sustained via these acts of creation.
In the case that you will not be available on this date but still want to share a piece inspired by the art work, we encourage you to send us any video or audio of said work. You can inquire more at AWN2bmxyODA0QWZsYGhtL2JubA@nospam
2. Quetzalcoatl en El Chuco
3. Purple Glaze
4. Venom and Honey
5. La Chispa Adecuada II
6. Madre Furiosa, Madre Venerada
8. La Partida
9. Luna Compartida
About the Artist
Jazmin Saenz, artist behind Xochihuitzilin, was born in El Paso and was raised in a multifamily
home in Central. At the age of 12 her parents managed to buy a home in the town of
Chaparral, NM. She grew up there, graduated from NMSU and has worked in public health for
20+ years in the Gadsden area. After various heart-breaking events, she focused on self-healing
as well as tracing back and learning more about her ancestral roots. “Especially after the August
3 rd event, I really felt so much healing was needed, not only in myself but in others. My art
reflects this journey.” She resigned from her government job in April of 2021 to pursue her
passion for art. She is also currently a student of Maestra CC of the Kalpulli Teocalli Ollin in New
Mexico studying native Mexica traditional healing, otherwise known as Curanderismo.
Follow and Support her online: Xochihuitzilin (Instagram)