2019 Viva La Vida Artists in Residence
The Artist in Residency Program at Mexic-Arte Museum offers contemporary artists a spotlight during our Viva La Vida Festival and Parade. Multi-disciplinary artists and educators, Yocelyn Riojas (@yocelyn.riojas) and Gerardo Eliud Silguero (@jerry.silguero) have partnered with local Texas nonprofit Raices to raise awareness about immigrant detention centers. This year they will be taking part in Mexic-Arte Museum’s Artist in Residence Education Program to continue the conversation around the theme of VIVA’s, Borderlands. Their residency will consist of a community involved workshop series, a final float or dynamic sculpture piece for the VIVA LA VIDA parade, and an audio-visual installation and mural in Mexic-Arte Museum. Stay tuned for more details on up-coming programing!
Founded in 1986 as the Refugee Aid Project by community activists in South Texas, RAICES has grown to be the largest immigration legal services provider in Texas. With offices in Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio, RAICES is a frontline organization in the roiling debate about immigration and immigrants in the world. As an organization that combines expertise developed from the daily practice of immigration law with a deep commitment to advocacy, RAICES is unique among immigration organizations. A diverse staff of 130 attorneys, legal assistants, and support staff provide consultations, direct legal services, representation, assistance and advocacy to communities in Texas and to clients after they leave the state. In 2017, RAICES staff closed 51,000 cases at no cost to the client. Our advocacy and commitment to change are driven by the clients and families we serve every day as our attorneys and legal assistants provide legal advocacy and representation in an immigration system that breaks apart families and leaves millions without pathways to legal status.
Yocelyn Riojas is a Latinx designer, illustrator, and resistance artist passionate about empowering her community by creating a voice for people of color. She is using her graphic design work and illustrations to inspire and prompt a new generation of activists. Her art depicts themes of Latinx culture, women empowerment, and issues surrounding immigration. Yocelyn currently lives in Austin, Texas and is pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in Communication Design at Texas State University. Recently, she has been gaining momentum amplifying political messages in support of people of color through art.
Gerardo Eliud Silguero is a first-generation Mexican-American who grew up in the border city of Brownsville, TX. As a child, he and his family chased the seasons as migrant farm workers and in order to pass the time in the fields, he began to illustrate his surroundings. This pastime evolved into an escape and eventually into a passion which would lead him to discover using art as a form of protest against the injustices oppressing the Latinx community while studying at St. Edward’s University. Gerardo’s chosen mediums are screen printing, oils-acrylics, and digital art.