José Guadalupe Sánchez III: Para Acompañar

MFA Thesis Exhibition
On view June 18 – 26, 2021
COVID safety restrictions rigorously apply
Roski Mateo Gallery



1262 Palmetto Street (Los Angeles Arts District)
Los Angeles, CA 90013



Wednesday – Friday, 12noon – 6pm
Sign in at door upon arrival for admittance. Los Angeles County limits the space to 4 visitors at a time



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Visit the 2021 MFA Art Cohort’s website for an introduction to the practices of all candidates here.



When my brothers and I were young, our mother would have us accompany each other wherever we went. This request was often placed on my older brothers as I am the youngest. When they resisted, as teens do, asking “why do I have to go?!” our mother would respond exclaiming “Para acompañar!”

In this context, loosely translated, para acompañar means: for the purpose of accompaniment. To accompany, in a world structured for individualism is a political and philosophical stance. This stance is where this exhibition finds its traction. Through paintings, installation, video, and performance Sanchez engages us directly in the gallery space to explore how we are accompanied by many things at every moment including spirits, objects, places, and values. The work questions the legitimacy of arbitrary distinctions such as life/death, alone/together, and past/present and explores how we may carry these ideas with us. Para Acompañar calls for a self-reflexive conversation between the artist and viewers, asking us to think together about how the lenses through which we experience the world accompany and influence our judgment of the world. Sanchez offers not a space of passive viewership but an invitation to participate, to be vulnerable, to give and receive.

Participate with an Offering:

“Note: If you are able to attend this thesis exhibition, please bring a small offering for the ancestors who will be in attendance. You may place those offerings at the base of any figure painting. Offerings may include but are not limited to flowers, soil, rocks, etc.”



José Guadalupe Sánchez III is an interdisciplinary artist and educator. Relying heavily on self-reflexivity, his work is an investigation of the multilayered experiences of varying social realities in Los Angeles. This includes looking at the structural nature of oppositional value systems, intelligence, subjectivities, and how they become validated or not. A driving question in his practice asks, “how as artists can we make work that, on the one hand, validates the neglected experiences of the people we care about (i.e., through direct positive representation and intervention) and, on the other, be a critical reflection on those structures that created the conditions of making a people socially, politically, economically invisible?” His projects manifest as pedagogical interventions as an arts educator for marginalized youth, paintings, performance, video, documentary video, and his socially engaged art practice.