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The Artist Odyssey presents: PANCA, a film by Saulo Cisneros

  • San Diego Art Institute 1439 El Prado San Diego, CA, 92101 United States (map)

The Artist Odyssey is proud to present the premiere of its first international film, PANCA, about the binational muralist and street artist Paola Villaseñor. Join The Artist Odyssey and San Diego Art Institute on Wednesday, November 2, from 6pm to 8pm for a special screening event at the San Diego Art Institute, located at 1439 El Prado in Balboa Park. The short film (20 minutes) will be followed by a Q&A with the artist, the filmmaker Saulo Cisneros, and executive producers David and Barbarella Fokos. Admission is $5 or free for SDAI Members.


Tijuana-based artist Paola Villaseñor, aka PANCA, processes pain and transforms it into something positive and visual, from ephemeral public pieces to permanent tattoos. From dealing with the loss of her mother to being haunted by the deep stares of her fellow “displaced” people in Tijuana, PANCA captures her emotions in her monstrous, yet relatable characters. In this short film, Tijuana lives and breathes in a way that helps the viewer understand exactly why PANCA continues to be inspired by this town she calls “the most surreal city I’ve ever been in.”  

About the Filmmaker: Saulo Cisneros was born in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, and currently resides in Tijuana. A sound designer and audio-visual creator with more than 15 years experience, Saulo studied Cinematography at Universidad de las Californias Internacional. His audio, video, and photography work has been shown in several countries. His latest work focuses mainly on video and film photography in a cross between documentary, art, and photojournalism that depicts the grim contrasts that emerge from the clash between two cultures at the northwest US-Mexican border region.

About The Artist Odyssey: The Artist Odyssey (TAO) is a global community of emerging and award-winning filmmakers documenting leading artists in visual and performing arts, from music, dance, and theater to photography, painting, and sculpture. By exploring artist studios around the world, TAO is able to provide arts enthusiasts with intimate behind-the-scenes views of artists’ way of life and creative reasoning as well as personalized arts education.

About the San Diego Art Institute: SDAI is an experimental, bi-national contemporary art center catalyzing new experiences and connecting artist with audiences. Their work is dedicated to advancing creative endeavors of artists today and tomorrow. SDAI believes that providing professional and financial support along with opportunities to produce, exhibit, and present their work, artists are empowered to create new, engaging, and unexpected experiences that expand our cultural perspective and understanding.


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