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Streets Dept Podcast – SN 3, EP 10: Eriko Tsogo On Truth and Art

March 4, 2020

Welcome back to the Streets Dept Podcast, y’all. This season of the podcast is our first-ever road trip season! That means that while the episodes at the beginning and end of this season will be recoded here in Philadelphia at Radio Kismet where I’m based, the middle of this season (seven episodes total) was recorded on a recent road trip from Phoenix, Arizona to Denver, Colorado talking with some of the creative minds from those states.

And this, my friends, is the last episode recorded from that road trip. How time flies! Today we’ll be talking with Eriko Tsogo! Eriko is a contemporary Mongolian American artist, project developer, civic leader, and activist for women’s rights and immigrant’s rights. She is also a first generation immigrant herself and DACA recipient born in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and raised in Hungary until the age of 8, when her family decided to come to the US for her father’s experimental art career.

Eriko is considered one of Denver’s brightest and burgeoning contemporary artists. She works in many mediums, and as a cross disciplinary artist, has created works on paper, has released several books, created an animated film, and has designed elaborate mixed media, interactive installations. She is the creator of the International Yurt Residency Program, an artist exchange program between artists residing in Mongolia and Denver. She was one of 25 artists selected to exhibit in the Contemporary Mongolian Art Biennial in DC. And her permanent installation was selected to be included in the new Denver Meow Wolf Museum slated to open 2020.

In early 2019, Eriko bravely and openly revealed her DACA status in a polarized and tumultuous political climate. She is still unable to travel back to Mongolia and has been quoted saying, “I am currently a DACA applicant who suffers from a politically unpredictable future in American because of the new Trump administration.” Eriko is currently based in Denver and lives bi-coastally, splitting her time between Colorado and Los Angeles, California.

Check out my conversation with Eriko Tsogo below, or on any major podcast streaming platform by searching “Streets Dept Podcast”!

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Season 3 of the Streets Dept Podcast is brought to you by our brilliant sponsors at the Spring Arts district, Elfant Wissahickon Realtors, and Kismet Cowork! Each episode is mixed and edited by our producer Mike Mehalick, and each Philadelphia episode of this season is recorded at Radio Kismet!

Listen to past episodes of Season 3 here:
SN 3, EP 1: Ernest Owens
SN 3, EP 2: Jane Golden
SN 3, EP 3: Christopher Plant
SN 3, EP 4: Jose Acevedo
SN 3, EP 5: Antoinette Cauley
SN 3, EP 6: Erika Rubio
SN 3, EP 7: Daphne Rice-Allen
SN 3, EP 9: Sabrina Allie and David Sabados

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