Archives + Futures


Archives + Futures (A+F) is a podcast series developed by Ivan LOZANO. Currently in its first season, A+F is generating an archive of interviews and conversations for current and future visual artists to connect to the personal practices and cultural histories, cannons, heroes and ancestors of their fellow Latinx and Indigenous artists of the Americas.

The podcast took shape in early 2018 after the publication of a review for Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly, a show that included Ivan, as well as a number of other Latinx and Indigenous artists of the Americas (including Gonzalo Reyes Rodriguez, who was one of the co-hosts during the “pilot season”). While this review wasn’t technically “bad,” the writer ignored a majority of the themes and concepts being explored in the show, which all relate to how abstraction is expressed through our identities and points of view as artists of color. We realized this is a common experience: white writers, curators, gallerists, etc are often unable (we’d like to be optimistic and avoid using the harsher “unwilling”) to properly educate themselves on cultural differences that help our work bloom, instead choosing to center whiteness as the primary focal point for interpretation and critique. This whitewashing of our cultural production recalls Linda Nochlin’s essay “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” of 1971 – perhaps the problem is the institution, the society we live in, the educational system and the many systemic blocks and hurdles we artists of color must overcome to be considered in the running.

All Episodes

In the final episode of this season, Ivan talks to Nicole Marroquin about the Texan experience vs the Michigan experience, how punk music can lead to liberation, learning how to be better from younger generations and leaving breadcrumbs for them, CPS, pedagogy, and how her practice makes the public history of student movements and institutions in Chicago accessible. A truly inspiring conversation and a perfect end to the season!

Apr 16

1 hr 38 min

In this episode, Ivan talks to Diana Solis about her early experiences with art and community organizing in Pilsen, her family’s interest in art, going back to art school after a successful career in commercial photography to become a painter and how the pandemic brought her back to photography. We also talk about the incredible archive of images of queer history she photographed throughout her life and has recently started bringing out of storage.

Apr 2

1 hr 16 min

In this episode, Ivan talks to Karen Dana Cohen about growing up the daughter of immigrants in Mexico City, wanting her work to serve as a catalyst for conversations about issues of labor (especially the labor of women), and the ways that motherhood has changed her practice.

Mar 19

1 hr 1 min

In this episode, Ivan talks to Alejandro Jiménez-Flores about discovering, empowering and nurturing Florencio -the main “persona” they count as a collaborator in their practice- learning to follow your instincts and the importance of artist-run spaces and community.

Mar 5

1 hr 15 min

In this episode, Ivan talks to Caroline Kent about finding and claiming your voice by leaving your context, discovering your own language through abstraction, her experiences in Romania and Mexico City, and how discipline can be your friend in the studio.

Feb 19

1 hr 4 min

In this episode, Ivan talks to Salvador Jiménez-Flores about his experience growing up in Jamay, Mexico before migrating to Chicago, his early interest in photography and how ceramics taught him patience and restraint while allowing him to explore the complexity of identity.

Feb 5

1 hr 8 min

In this episode, Ivan talks to Yvette Mayorga about how catholic churches, quinceañeras and other traditional celebrations she attended while growing up in Moline IL influenced her work, finding your voice as an artist and claiming space for yourself in the history of art.

Jan 22

55 min 1 sec

In this episode, Ivan talks to Harold Mendez about growing up in Chicago and Medellin, working with photographic archives, veiling, ephemerality and in-betweenness, and how thinking about scale and resourcefulness while being involved in graffiti culture influenced his practice.

Jan 8

1 hr

In this second episode, Ivan talks to Edra Soto about the importance of trusting your instincts when making work while staying flexible in your process, how creating, collecting and curating fills her soul, and the importance of professionalism for a successful art career.

Dec 2020

1 hr 5 min

In this first episode, Ivan interviews Chicago's own Errol Ortiz about his experiences growing up in Chicago in the 60s and being around the Chicago Imagists, finding your style and sticking with it, and how comic books, military airplanes and his love of color influenced his creative process. The LatinXAmerican Podcast is a partnership between DePaul Art Museum and Archives + Futures. This series accompanies the exhibition LatinXAmerican at DePaul Art Museum on view from January 7 to August 15 featuring 38 Latinx artists from Chicago and beyond. In this series we will be talking with ten artists that have work in this show and each episode will be released every other Friday. The DPAM LatinXAmerican exhibition and its accompanying programs like this one are being provided through the generous support of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Dec 2020

1 hr 4 min

Welcome to Episode 10, the LAST episode of season 1! In this ep Ivan interviews Tamara Becerra Valdez about our experience as Tejanos, how she found art and poetry in anthropology, her love of fieldwork, second geographies, finding quiet treasures in the street, our shared love of folk art, and much more. Thank you for listening to this podcast, and we’ll be back in the second half of 2020!

Feb 2020

1 hr 33 min

Welcome to Episode 9! In this ep Ivan interviews Jose Luis Benavides about his experiences as a music journalist in Mexico DF and how sometimes it takes time to find your way to the media you feel most comfortable with. We also talk about his projects “Sin Cinta Previa”, a program of Latinx video art screenings (in conjunction with Chuquimarca Projects’s John H Guevara), “Lulu en el Jardín” and how you have to look back before you can look forward…

Jan 2020

1 hr 33 min

Welcome to Episode 8! In this ep Ivan interviews José Santiago Pérez about his transition from performance art to basket making and weaving, his experiences in the Bay Area and then Chicago, growing up queer and Catholic and how those experiences shape and lead some of us to places like the Leather Archives & Museum and a meditative practice that sometimes looks a little bit like praying a Rosary… This is our last episode of 2019, see you all back in 2020!

Dec 2019

1 hr 31 min

Welcome to Episode 7! In this ep Ivan interviews Luis Sahagun about his practice and how he includes familiar and ancestral elements in it, finding your way as an artist and how helping others feel seen and represented in the art world (whatever that means) is healing and important work. We also talk about facing micro and macro-aggressions in the academy, and how essential it is to have the right tools and the right posture in the studio!

Nov 2019

1 hr 15 min


Nov 2019

1 hr 13 min

Welcome to Episode 5! In this ep Ivan interviews Melissa Leandro on her multifaceted practice, how her upbringing in Miami contributed to her color palette, missing out on quinceañeras, and how to stay productive even when you're constantly on the go.

Nov 2019

1 hr 7 min

Welcome to Episode 4! In this ep Ivan interviews Oli Rodriguez about his work, especially his "Papi Project" and upcoming book (!!!), how he came to work in media and a fun conversation about the format wars, trans visibility, Barbara DeGenevieve (miss you), and so many more things.

Oct 2019

1 hr 4 min

Welcome to Episode 3! In this ep Ivan interviews Stevie Cisneros Hanley about his work, moving from CA to Berlin to Chicago, grad school, ghosts, "bottom identities", sex parties, alternative gallery models, studio rituals, and staying engaged with your work.

Oct 2019

1 hr 28 min

S01EP02 Óscar González Díaz by Ivan LOZANO

Sep 2019

1 hr 29 min