Episode 25: Vero Majano

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Episode 25: Vero Majano

By Weston Teruya February 28, 2018

Weston Teruya welcomes artists, arts administrators, and cultural workers of color to get real about their lives, practices, and careers. Each episode is an in-depth look into how art gets made, but more importantly how these folks are seeing to the system of art’s (UN)making.


In this episode I talk with filmmaker, storyteller, and community archivist, Vero Majano. Vero’s work explores the cultural history of San Francisco’s Mission District, creating spaces to assert and remember the queer and Latinx communities that shape one of the city’s most iconic but highly contested neighborhoods. In an area often seen as ground zero for the city’s tech-industry fueled hypergentrification, real estate speculation, and displacement, Vero’s work brings together longtime residents to remember with one another, in public, and for others to listen and learn from those memories. She was born and raised in the neighborhood, and has spent years producing events and films, and working with social service providers--a history you can hear in how she talks about her work and the people in her community.

In our discussion, we talk about Q-Sides, her collaborative exhibition with Kari Orvik and DJ Brown Amy; “Two-Four Home Girls, Circa 1980,” an exhibition of archival photos documenting the lives of the Mission’s Tiny Locas that she helped curate with Clare Haggarty and Sandy Cuadra at Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts; and a film event she produced at the deYoung Museum, also with Sandy. Vero breaks down why nostalgia is such a critical tool for her community in this time of change, her work as love letters to those who will hear them, and Queer longing and imaginary as a lifelong creative project.

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Vero Majano is an artist and cultural worker who was born and raised in San Francisco’s Mission district. She was a resident at the Djerassi Resident Artist program and has received grants from the Rockefeller Foundation Media Fellowship, the Puffin Foundation, and the Free History Project. In addition to her found footage work with the Caca Colectiva, Majano is a cofounder of Mission Media Archives, which collects and preserves audio and films shot in San Francisco’s Mission district during the 1970s and ’80s. Follow her work at @gordofacesf and keep an eye out for her next project in 2019.

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This episode is funded in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency.

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