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Imagine Otherwise: Anthony Romero on Sound and Socially Engaged Art

Imagine Otherwise: Anthony Romero on Sound and Socially Engaged Art

August 15, 2019
Anthony Romero wearing a black blazer, blue shirt, and black cap with "mestizo" written on it

For Imagine Otherwise this week, I got to interview artist, writer, and educator Anthony Romero about bringing socially engaged art into the classroom, the politics of building Latinx artist retreats within and beyond institutions, and why intervening in the sonic color line is a key part of how Anthony imagines otherwise.

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You can also read the transcript and show notes on the Ideas on Fire website, which have links to Anthony’s work and all the concepts, people, and events we discuss on the show (great for teaching!).

Guest: Anthony Romero

Anthony Romero is an artist, writer, and organizer committed to documenting and supporting artists and communities of color. His solo and collaborative works have been performed and executed internationally.

He is a co-founder of the Latinx Artists Retreat and the Latinx Artist Visibility Award, built in collaboration with J. Soto and OxBow School of Art.

Anthony is a professor of the practice at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University and a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

Key quote

“More than anything, I want people to have the freedom to access the world fully for themselves. Perhaps another way to say it is that self-determination and self-liberation are at the heart of the kind of world that I want to see. I want the people that I love to love and be loved in the world and to not fear for their lives all the time. You know, I think that’s maybe the larger way of saying it. And then the smaller way would just be that I want to live in a world where people who look like me and my son are not locked in cages and forcibly medicated and detained forever without end. It’s all a way of understanding the world and in understanding that world, figuring out how we might make it better.”

– Anthony Romero on episode 95 of the Imagine Otherwise podcast

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