Join us for a screening of the award-winning documentary Brilliant Soil (Tierra Brillante). Thousands of ceramic artisans in Mexico use traditional lead based glazes to produce functional and decorative tableware. This film chronicles the production and use of lead-glazed pottery in Mexico; its negative effects on public heath, and efforts by artisans to pioneer the use of lead-free glazes and find a market for these new products. The screening is followed by a conversation with the filmmakers José Luis Figueroa Lewis, Paola Rodríguez and Omar Foglio from Dignicraft (a hybrid media production company, art collective and distributor of cultural goods) and ceramic artisans Ines Leal, Herlinda Morales, and Juan Manuel Rosas Martínez. The evening will also include an exhibition and sale of lead-free artisan pottery from Mexico. Tasty tacos and beer are available for purchase.
Join us prior to the screening at 1pm for a special Mexican pottery workshop.
Brilliant Soil is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Mountains in my Spoon: Artists and Food at the Lucas Artists Residency on view at the Project Space Gallery October 18, 2012 through February 9, 2014. The exhibition and related events are organized in association with Around the Table: food, creativity, community, a South Bay festival of food and the arts extending from July 2013 through April 2014. Featuring a flagship exhibition at the San Jose Museum of Art and accompanying festival of activities presented by thirty partnering organizations, Around the Table celebrates and explores the role that food plays in our lives