David Zamora Casas @ Domésticas Unidas • 24
The autodidactic Activist David Zamora Casas has worked as visual artist, organizer and producer of events, and curator of exhibits, and he has engaged audiences in politically motivated performances under the name NUCLEAR MELTDOWN since 1985.
In 1987, DZC began to take his haute-rasquache* paintings and performance into non-traditional spaces, out of galleries and cultural arts venues and into streets, parks, punk and gay bars, and to the San Antonio Safe House, now the San Antonio AIDS Foundation. Chicano and GLBT-themed art was celebrated and made visible, creating community, while sharing knowledge and information of what, at that time, was thought to be a cancer affecting gay men, later known to be HIV / AIDS. These were the first safe sex programs in San Anto.
For the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Institute of Texan Cultures and the San Antonio Tricentennial in 2018, plans are set for David Zamora Casas’ one-person exhibit/installation at the ITC. In addition his Tricentennial curatorial endeavor is a Bihl Haus Arts Center- sponsored exhibit highlighting the San Antonio GLBT community. For this historical exhibition, Zamora Casas will be working with the youth arts organization, Say Sí.
*1993 Ceremony of Spirit: Nature of Memory in Contemporary Latino Art, traveling exhibition curated by Amalia Mesa Baines, Mexican Museum, San Francisco CA (catalog).