CEE | Center for Experimental Ethnography
The Fellows Year-End Event "Mexican Psychotic ", is an experimental film led by Ricardo Bracho, followed by a panel discussion scholars and artists on Ramírez’s work and contemporary issues of incarceration, mental health, and artistry. This panel discussion included Ricardo Bracho in conversation with editor and animator Oludare Marcelle, editor Emily Dunlop, Toorjo Ghose (UPenn), James Yaya Hough (Artist , and Aaron Alarcon-Bowen.
Mexican Psychotic is an experimental video-in-progress on the life, art, and mythos of artist Martín Ramírez, who spent 30 years drawing beautiful works while incarcerated in California mental asylums. The film team includes Richardo Bracho as writer and director, Oludare Marcelle as lead editor/animator, Emily Dunlop as assistant editor, Nicholas Plante as assistant editor, and voiceover director.
Dr. Toorjo Ghose is an Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice whose work focuses on structural interventions in the areas of incarceration, substance use, homelessness, and HIV, both at the domestic and international levels.
Dr. Jennifer S. Ponce de León is an interdisciplinary scholar and Associate Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, whose research focuses on cultural production and antisystemic movements in the Americas since the 1960s and critical theory.
James "Yaya" Hough is the inaugural artist in residence for the district attorney’s office of Philadelphia.
Aaron Alarcon-Bowen is the Executive Director of the Community Services Bureau in Concord, California.
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