Buya and The House Blues Chicago proudly present the video premiere of Candela.
Candela is a video collaboration developed by artist-educator team Brenda Torres-Figueroa and Arif Smith in conjunction with the performance ensemble Buya. Co-directed by Samuel Reyes and Samuel Vega, the video combines site specific work from Chicago and Ponce, Puerto Rico along with archival footage that urgently directs our attention to various contemporary injustices. Candela aims to connect coordinates found between Puerto Rican and African diasporas while mapping entrenched racial and political violence and protest. For example, Ponce is well known for the Massacre of 1937, where over two hundred people were wounded and nineteen unarmed Nationalists were executed by state police. Candela explores how the Ponce Massacre of 1937 and the current climate of police brutality and state sanctioned violence across the United States might share political and racial dimensions.
Join us for an unforgettable experience with Buya’s soulful rendering of Afro-Puerto Rican bomba and special guest DJ FLX (Fe’lito).