PBS on “Ghetto Potter” Roberto Lugo, Articulate with Jim Cotter



Without Wax film on Roberto Lugo

Without Wax is a docudrama about renowned artist/activist/educator Roberto Lugo. Roberto grew up in one of the most impoverished neighborhoods of Philadelphia and beat all of the odds to become a contemporary potter and painter whose work is sought out by collectors and museums all over the world. Our film, created in close collaboration with Roberto and shot on location in Philadelphia, is about the internal and external conflicts an artist faces in the pursuit of positive, radical social change.

In this short spoken-word poem, Roberto uses wordplay to address the tensions between his background and his position in the contemporary art world.