MCXT is a artistic partnership between Monica Canilao and Xara Thustra, born from a joint want to speak care and empowerment. Their collaborative work combines and compliments one another’s particular person type and voice, making house for his or her joint have to create a vibrant, interactive and accessible world by artwork and activism. MCXT collaborations have emphasis on celebration, self price, and empowerment leading to murals, efficiency, happenings, set up, portray, and movie in each conventional and non-traditional areas.
Their particular person histories lend to their compatibility for collaboration. Canilao is a Bay Space native with a deep funding in residence, group, and the passage of time. These recurring themes are interwoven into her each day life and all through her artwork observe. Fascinated with the imprint folks depart behind, she makes use of recycled supplies in each her artwork observe and private life producing a private and dwelling historical past. This visible report from salvaged objects and weathered pictures ends in work spanning from large paper and cloth buildings, site-specific installations, murals, meticulous work, blended media works, jewellery constructions, sculptures, costuming and efficiency artwork. Her observe and collaborations create a visible vernacular that resonates past verbal and particular person variations and weaves her experiences with bodily remnants of previous lives.
Thustra’s hand supplied most of the signature visible pictures of the anti-displacement and anti-war struggles of the Nineteen Nineties. Inseparable from resistance and queer group in San Francisco, their work first appeared as graffiti in the course of the peak of the primary dot-com increase. This led to inventive collaboration with and in help of neighborhood organizations such because the Mission Anti-Displacement Coalition, and the Coalition on Homelessness. Their work advanced into elaborate efficiency, filmmaking, and collaborations together with now legendary Bay Space artwork occasions and areas reminiscent of: the Anti-Capitalist Trend Present, the 949 Market Squat, the band ManhaterRR, Clarion Alley Mural Challenge and the Mission Neighborhood Well being Heart.