“I never rode a bike before,” said Indira Urrutia, a Mission-based artist who pedaled over 15,000 miles from Alaska to Patagonia over the course of four years. During her trip from 2008 to 2012, Urrutia and her partner, photographer Marc Hors, began an art project that she has since expanded to include art inspired by the Mission.
Urrutia will present a new mixed-media artwork Saturday at the Red Poppy, as part of the bimonthly neighborhood art crawl, Mission Arts and Performance Project. The new work includes her bike and objects that people they encountered gave to Urrutia and Hors during their travels.
Chilean-born Urrutia and Hors, who’s originally from Spain, found areas of environmental degradation in many countries they visited in Latin America. They began documenting sites of trash heaps and communities that made a living by salvaging what valuable items they could from the dumps. Urrutia and Hors shared their photographs at local schools along the way.
In February, Urrutia presented photographs from the trip at the Red Poppy Art House, as well as an installation she created from discarded plastic bottles she collected in the Mission. Through their work, the artists aim to raise awareness of environmental harm and to promote solidarity among disparate cultures.
In addition to a new work from Urrutia, on Saturday the Red Poppy will screen the short documentary, “A Family’s Sanctuary,” by local filmmaker Miguel A. Astudillo. The film is a portrait of Mexican-born San Francisco resident Mayra Noguera and her struggle to keep her family together, as her son faces deportation from the United States. Astudillo also produced the film about the work of Urrutia and Hors that appears at the top of this page.