During a time of increased anti-immigrant sentiment across the country, racial tensions and a spotlight on the U.S. and Mexico border wall, young Latino/a artists constantly navigate what that means for the American Latino experience today.
For the Mexic-Arte Museum’s annual Young Latino Artists’ exhibit, eight artists under 35 from across Texas will give viewers a unique insight into gender restrictions, privilege, cultural heritage and immigration politics. The “¡Ahora!” (Now!) exhibit opens with a public reception from 7-9 p.m. on July 14 with live music by the Tiarra Girls.
The selected artists — Nansi Guevara, Daniela Cavazos Madrigal, Mark Anthony Martinez, Michael Martinez, Paloma Mayorga, Andrei Rentería, Ashley Mireles and José Villalobos — “delve into personal negotiations of being Latinx today,” says the exhibit’s guest curator Alana Coates. “Power disparities in the world are at the core of their practices.”
In her artwork, Cavazos Madrigal, of Laredo, explores the struggles with language translations in bicultural communities. She uses fabric from bulk thrift stores for her creations, which incorporate text-based embroidery and family heirlooms.
Through new media and textiles, artist Michael Martinez shows the pressure endured by LGBTQ members of the Latin American diaspora. Coates, who is the associate director of Ruiz-Healy Art in San Antonio, will speak about all the featured artists as well as her curatorial process during her curator’s talk on July 15 from 2:30-3 p.m. at Mexic-Arte.
The exhibit, which runs through Aug. 27, also includes additional programming such as a YLA poetry night, members brunch and family day. Cost for the opening night reception is $10 for general admission and free for museum members. Visit mexic-artemuseum.org for more information.