Photo credit Kim Harrington

John Jota Leaños

USA Friends Fellow

  • Media
  • 2011

    San Francisco, CA


    John Jota Leaños is an interdisciplinary artist working in animation, installation, and performance. His works address social issues by merging traditional Chicano and mestizo cultural expressions, such as Day of the Dead imagery, with contemporary media and technology. Through the use of humor and popular songs, Leaños confronts topics such as how war, border violence, and globalization intersect with class, gender, and race. He has created a series of “populist animations,” including Los ABCs:¡Qué Vivan los Muertos!, that use mariachi music to critique war.

    Corrido de Tillman, 2010, Mayra Enríquez dancing from Imperial Silence: Una Ópera Muerta/A Dead Opera in Four Acts; photo credit Gordon Huang

    Corrido de Tillman, 2010, Mayra Enríquez dancing from Imperial Silence: Una Ópera Muerta/A Dead Opera in Four Acts; photo credit Gordon Huang