John Malpede: An Interview

1990 | 00:44:00 | United States | English | Color | 4:3

Collection: On Art and Artists, Interviews, Single Titles

Tags: Interview, Performance, Politics, VDB Interviews

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John Malpede is a performance artist and Director of the Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD), a performance art and theater group whose members include the city’s homeless. Through LAPD, Malpede provides an opportunity for homeless people to articulate the reality of their lives for themselves and audiences. Malpede was well known for his collaboration with performer Gill Gordh as Dead Dog and Lonely Horse. In one performance he took on the role of a street person, contrasting the wealth and excess of the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles with the city’s struggle against homelessness.

Interview by Lin Hixson.

A historical interview originally recorded in 1989.