Tzintzun Aguilar-Izzo (elle | their)
Tzintzun Aguilar-Izzo is an environmental artist-scholar and movement weaver of mixed P'urépecha and European descent. Tzintzun views every art-form as an act of storytelling, a tool to weave communities together. Their work is a humble attempt to tell the stories of a new shared reality; stories that can serve as bridges, linkages for the people who are fighting to create a regenerative future.
In recent years, Tzintzuni has collaborated with their art and life partner, Blake Lavia. Under the collective Talking Wings, they have worked on several environmental art and community centered projects. Talking Wings is currently organizing The North Country Rights of Nature Symposium and Confluence: A Map of Rivers and their Guardians.
In addition, Talking Wings coordinated the North Country Art, Land and Environment Summit. During this month long series of events, community members from the St. Lawrence Watershed (Haudenosaunee Territory) came together to discuss sustainable and regenerative solutions for the climate crises.
Previously, Blake and Tzintzun collaborated together on Memory Flow / Water of Boston. The project explored the layers of history hidden under the Quabbin Reservoir, source of Boston’s drinking water. During this project, Tzintzun and Blake coordinated multiple exhibitions and organized a weekend long conference/conversation with native elders.
In addition, Tzintzun and Blake's short films and installations have been exhibited in a number of venues, such as the Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, The ROAR Magazine, the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery, the TAUNY Center, the Godine Family Gallery/MassArt, and the K&P New York Gallery.