Interview my friend Doug/DR did for his cable access talk show Shaka Talk with his aunt Elsa Flores Almaraz, a Chicano artist and wife to the late Carlos Almaraz of Los Four. She talks about her art, grassroots political work as well as the art and work Carlos did for the Chicano art movement, as well as his struggle with AIDS, which took his life in 1989. She is based in LA and in Kauai, where Carlos is buried.
Also at the end of this is a clip from Elsa’s work in progress film on Carlos, with Zach De La Rocha (son of Beto De La Rocha of Los Four) reading Carlos’ manifesto “An Aesthetic Alternative.”
Also appropriate with the publication of this article in the LA Times about an upcoming retrospective of Carlos Almaraz’s art.