Versos y Besos: The Anthrophony of Manuela García / Introduction / Janice Ngan

In this cluster, the scholars, artists, and activists working with The Autry explore our work bringing Manuela García to contemporary audiences. This map represents the collaborative, iterative nature of our work; we invite you to explore, navigate between our pieces, and see the moments of generative overlap. Here you’ll find: 1) a conversation between Britt and me about twenty-first century decolonial museum praxis, 2) a multilingual poem exploring García’s life, 3) an essay on transnational music copyright and women’s voices in traditional arts, 4) an exploration of the forms of technology through which we receive Manuela, and 5) a meditation from the leader of an all-female mariachi band on the contemporary performance of Manuela’s music.


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This is one of six project components of Versos y Besos: The Anthrophony of Manuela Garcia. Explore the other components here:

The Responsibility of Sonic Transference / Janice Ngan & Britt Campbell
“Born in Los Angeles on Los Angeles Street”: A Poem for Manuela Garcia / Amy Shimshon-Santo
The Female Voice Between Borders / Susie Garcia
Mapping Manuela / Marissa López
Our Shared History: The Revolutions of the Wax Cylinders / Delia Xóchitl Chávez


Janice Ngan
Janice Ngan is a multidisciplinary Artist x Arts Manager x Curator who received her Master of Arts in Arts Management from Claremont Graduate University, in partnership with Sotheby’s Institute of Art and Drucker School of Management. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington, with an emphasis on sculptural, photography, and videography works. She was born in Hong Kong and encompasses an international background, fluent in English, Cantonese, Mandarin and conversational in Spanish. She is passionate about the arts serving as a vehicle to catalyze progressive conversations and transform the lives of others, as it has done so for her at a young age. Having interacted with people from all walks of life, she is interested in utilizing art as a storytelling tool and an avenue to create harmonious spaces for humanizing experiences. Her practices place an emphasis on multiculturalism, involving the intersection of site-specific works, technology, and relational aesthetics. She currently serves as a Product Manager for AIR Concepts Limited and is the Co-Founder of Art In Residence, a non-profit arts organization with a mission to explore the potential of public art by engaging with the community through active practice, outreach, and education. During her spare time, you can find her perusing through art galleries and museums as well as reconnecting with nature by the side of her dog, Gilbert.