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Mondongo Arco 2

Mondongo is back, and so are their dark themes and punk influences. Mondongo consists of Juliana Lafitte and Manuel Mendanha. Step back in time about a decade and read part of the Mondongo Manifesto.

“In Spanish, the word Mondongo means tripe, or the lining of a cow’s stomach. The word Mondongo is also a stew we love, and we are like three witches stirring it up in a cauldron: revolving and expecting and trying and experimenting; attempting to alchemize, to distill, and ooze all the chaos, and the all possible ‘all-ness’ in it,” said the collective in 2008. 

Witness now the return of Modongo from the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time LA-LA series. They are back in Los Angeles for the performance and installation of Automata in Chinatown on January 20-21, 2018. Mondongo will present on January 22 an artists talk at CalArts as a presentation of the CalArts Center for New Performance. These will be followed by an exhibition of new works at Track 16 Gallery on February 10.

These new works explore the darker side of fairy tales and the subconscious. Mondongo created a geometrically shaped Pinocchio mask made of mirrors, works featuring Little Red Riding Hood with the Big Bad Wolf lurking behind and others using their trademark use of plasticine. When these are viewed from afar they seem blended together in a virtuousos display of perfection. When viewed up close, they’re seen as thousands of bits of plasticine layered by the artists’ hands.

Going to a Mondongo exhibition is the transformation of experiencing the artists’ pain. Lafitte experienced tragedy as a child through witnessing several exorcisms and unbelievable things she could never forget. These dark spectacles inform her art. The process of the performance and installation and later exhibition is a ceremony, one of shamanism and healing. 

She explains the art is “understood as a ceremony, where information is transformed into an unknown energy capable of making people connect with their pain, even if they don’t realize it.”



Installation/Performance at Automata, 504 Chung King Court in Chinatown

Saturday, January 20th, 2018 from 7-10pm

Sunday, January 21st, 2018 from 6-8pm


Artist Talk

The CalArts Center for New Performance will present an Artist Talk with Mondongo at noon on January 22, 2018, at the CalArts campus in Valencia. This event is free and open to the public.


Exhibition at Track 16 Gallery, 1206 Maple Ave, #1005

Reception on Saturday, February 10th from 7-10 pm

February 10th to March 31st, 2018




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Kriss Perras
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Kriss Perras owns Ruptured Media where she publishes Malibu Arts Journal. Ruptured Media is also a story development company. Kriss has been tenacious and fought authority from the very start of her career in journalism. Kriss' first story as a journalist was for her college newspaper covering George W. Bush and Steve Forbes in the Iowa Caucuses during the 2000 election. She showed up at the hotel where Bush was to speak with her editor's letter of assignment in hand. She credentialed at the press desk like every other press person. She had questions in hand she had prepared to ask the Presidential candidate. She walked into the speaking room to find the press was roped off from the candidate. Being new to election coverage, and journalism, she was disappointed. She stood next to a seasoned AP photographer on the press platform. She asked the AP photographer if she could get out from behind the ropes and ask Bush her questions. The AP photographer said, "Well, you can try." So she did. She stepped out from behind the ropes and waited in line behind the people seeking the candidate's autograph. When it was her turn, she introduced herself to Bush as a college journalist and started to ask her questions. Bush said, " Wait, are you a journalist?" She said, "Yes." Bush nodded to his Secret Service team. They promptly came over on each side of her. She was 5'6" tall and weighed 127 pounds. The Secret Service men were well over a foot taller than her and obviously guys who worked out often. They could pick her up with their pinky fingers. They quickly picked her up by her arms, carried her over the ropes and plopped her back down on the press platform as she was still asking Bush her questions. Bush to his credit said, "Please give her one of my books. The answers to her questions are in my book." So she had to read his entire book, but she indeed found the answers to her questions. She also drew political cartoons for her college newspaper and still does today. Her next big break came in 2002, still as a student, with an interview with former US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brezinski. Kriss went on in 2006 to found PCH Press, Malibu's daily newspaper. With PCH Press, she had extensive coverage of the battle against LNG and the fight against the placement of an LNG port being placed off the coast of Malibu and Oxnard, among other local news. She has covered Olara Otunnu, former United Nations Undersecretary General and Special Representative for Children in Armed Conflict when he spoke in Los Angeles in 2006. She covered Democracy Now! journalist Amy Goodman when she spoke in Los Angeles in 2006. She has interviewed Progressive David Swanson and numerous Malibu Mayors. In 2007, She founded Malibu Arts Journal magazine. Kriss built Malibu Arts Journal from the ground up. She has taken the magazine from an unknown dot com to a respected title. She earned the magazine digital distribution through Magzter and the iTunes App Store where it now enjoys broad based readership across the globe. She is a member of the national honor society Who's Who In American Universities And Colleges. Her photogrpahy has aired on CMTV channel 14 Spokane, Washington. *Photo Copyright 2017: Alan Weissman
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