I'm in a group show, ChicaChic, with some of my favorite contemporaries, including Shizu Saldamando and Ana Teresa Fernández (whose work you see above). ChicaChic includes images that honor the concepts, themes, and iconography of the Chicano civil rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s but reflect a world that is drastically changed.
The curator, Raquel de Anda, formerly of Galería de la Raza in San Francisco's Mission district, explains, "ChicaChic is about stepping beyond the boundaries of identity, challenging stereotypes about what it means to be Chicana," says de Anda. "It's about the fluidity of identity and the need for new kinds of images in a fast-paced, media-saturated society."
Here are details about the show. If you are in the Bay Area, you definitely do NOT' want to miss the artist talk on March 12th! That's where you can catch me as well.
Opening Reception & Artist Panel: Saturday, January 22, 6 pm *
Namaste Hall, CIIS Main Building, 3rd Floor AND CIIS Minna Street Center, 2nd Floor
1453 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Featuring: Ana Teresa Fernández, Angelica Muro, Shizu Saldamando, and Mitsy Ávila Ovalles, in conversation with Amalia Mesa-Bains
*Please note that I won't be at the Opening Reception, but I will be at the:
Intergenerational Panel Discussion
Saturday, March 12, 6 pm
CIIS Minna Street Center - 695 Minna at the corner of 8th Street, Downtown San Francisco
Featuring: Ana Teresa Fernández , Angelica Muro, Patricia Rodriguez, Viva Paredes, Favianna Rodriguez, and Lorraine García Nakata
The pieces I've selected for the show focus two themes: immigrant youth and food justice in communities of color. One of my pieces in the exhibit is called "Kinship" and tells the story of a black family who is preparing to have a meal together. The older brother has just returned from the grocery store and he stands next to his grandmother, who is speaking to her grandson who is incarcerated.
The grandmother is smiling as she listens to the words, concerns, and joys of her young family member. The older brother patiently waits to speak to his younger brother. A baby is reaching out as he tries to also join the conversation. The older brother has just returned from a long work day and is getting ready to prepare a healthy meal for the family. Sharing meals is one of the central activities that bring families together, and so in the piece I depicted the older brother carrying healthy fruits and vegetables.
The project also aims to inject the messages of Chicana artists into the public space, and this is achieved through multiple ads on BART throughout the Bay Area. Below are some pics of the artworks at different BART stations. The piece I worked on tells the story of Laura Lopez, a young undocumented student from the Bay Area who is putting her own future at risk and fighting for a path to legalization.
I first saw Laura Lopez in her cap and gown after following a twitter to this article. I was greatly moved by her courage for engaging in civil disobedience even though she was undocumented, and made this piece about her. This is her story in her own words.
I'm undocumented. While I'm in the processes of legalizing, since I am from Mexico and there is a huge backlog, my 2005 application will not be read by an immigration judge for another estimated 18 years. I need the DREAM Act so that my time is reduced to the 6 years, albeit conditional permanet residency. I am part of the Bay Area DREAM Act Coaltion. I was able to apply and graduate from UC Santa Cruz, but like all other undocumented youth I couldn't qualify for federal or state financial aid so my parents and I both worked to pay all costs.
Laura's experience is now being viewed by more than 100,000 riders of public transit each day. I'm happy and honored to be able to share her journey with many others, and to encourage them to learn about what it means to be young and undocumented in this country. It is through the telling of our stories that we will be able to fight the hate that abounds in the main stream media about immigrants.
Just as important is the fact that ART can be a conduit through which to share these stories.