RANFLAS Celebrates Lowrider Culture on May 15

May 15, 2021, 12-8 PM, 3451 West Ogden

Ranflas is an art auction and lowrider show presented by Luz Magdaleno Flores and Zoulee Fér. The daylong event is a celebration of lowrider culture in Chicago’s legendary La Villita (Little Village) and North Lawndale neighborhoods, intersecting on Route 66. Both artists have collaborated on a photo zine titled, RANFLAS which will be released and available for purchase on this day. Local DJs will be performing throughout with a special performance by Mariachi Cuatro Vientos. Bring cash to support local vendors and dress fly to get your picture taken in our mall-inspired photobooth. 

Photographer Statements: 

“Soy Chicana de origen Mexicano born and raised in Oxnard, California and cruising the streets of Chicago for some time now. I started shooting fotos and designing print publications since my days in the high school newspaper. Lowriders are my favorite subject to Capture. I come from a lineage of upholsterers que tapizan de todo, caros were in and out of the shop, my dad and uncle would flip cars, and I remember saying to myself that I had to have one. Pues my first boyfriend beat me to it, he drove a 1950 Chevy Delux. Going to lowrider shows, dressing all pinup, and admiring the hoppers are some of my favorite memories in this lifetime. Shoutout to All For One Car Club in the 805! To my Brown & Proud Press Family for giving me a platform to share my work. And to the Chicago, New York, and other cities that keep the cultura alive. You will notice that I shoot with a variety of mediums. My favorite is my film camera pero I often shoot with my old ass iPhone or Nikon camera. It is my pleasure to collaborate with my homie Zoulee who is one of my favorite lowrider photographers in Chicago. Keep it trucha y bajito y suavecito x vida mi gente.” -Luz Magdaleno Flores @lightofyourvida 

“¡Hola! I am Zoulee Fér. Photography has been in my life since I can remember. Mi abuelo y tíos paternos eran fotógrafos para los turistas, en el Zócalo de la Ciudad De México. My mother also carried her Fuji Film camera everywhere. I really mean everywhere, that ‘s the one thing she brought de México cuando cruzó la frontera. De allí viene mi pasión por la Fotografía. El amor de carros viene de mi papá. No fue a la escuela para ser mecánico pero el amor era tan grande que se ponía a leer libros de carros. Así podía arreglar carros mientras acababa su profesión de Contador Público. Luego cuando emigró a los Estados Unidos así ganaba su dinero. He opened his own auto shop, I was in heaven. I organized & cleaned every single tool. I saw him rebuild an engine, paint cars, taking them from carcachas to beautiful masterpieces. The scent of car oil feels like home. So this zine is for them, specially for my Poppa. Thank you to my ancestors for sharing their love for ranflas y fotografía because now I get to share it with you.” – Zoulee Fér @Zoulee.fer

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Schedule: 

12-1 Lowrider Oldies by DJ Lightofyourvida 

1-2 DJ Zoulee 

2-3 Mariachi Performance by Mariachi Cuatro Vientos 330-530 DJ Rampage 

530-630 DJ Hippo 

6:30-End DJ Wero 

Vendors Confirmed: 

Jerry Chingas -pinstripe art 

La Mousie -chola art 

Mayra Cortez photo zines 

Brown and Proud Press -zines and merch 

Radio Luzifer -merch 

Haylie Jimenez -sculptures and pipes 

Xicanx Aretes-earrings 

Live Portraits by Art x Rebecca 

Marimacha Monarca Press -zines and merch 

Brown n Loud -riso art and merch 

Between Historias -ash trays, art, and sun catchers One Lawndale -art collective and aretes 

Pasele Señito-artesania 

Coyo Colores-artesania 

Ediths Jewelry Box 

Food vendor vibes: 

Taco Sublime Food Truck 

Kaleidoscope Scoops Italian Ices Cart 

Highly Chedibles-mexican infused snacks 

Lowriders Confirmed: 

Ranflitas Car Club 

Viejitos Car Club 

NWI Majestic Car by Jose Acosta 

Latin American Motorcycle Association Headquarters Chapter

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