Opening Reception - Young Latino Artists 22: ¡Ahora! & Capricho

Image Credit: Paloma Mayorga, Poderosa II, 2016. Ranunculus, Digital C-type print, 45” x 30”

Image Credit: Paloma Mayorga, Poderosa II, 2016. Ranunculus, Digital C-type print, 45” x 30”

YLA 22: ¡Ahora! marks the twenty-second installment of the emerging Latinx artist exhibition series at Mexic-Arte Museum. In an era of socio-political upheaval in the United States – from U.S.-Mexico border relations, to widespread economic inequalities, increased racial tensions, and subsequent hate on the rise across the country - the selected artists navigate matters of gender restrictions, immigration politics, cultural heritage, and privilege. Their artworks confront viewers with prominent issues of the contemporary Latinx experience in the United States.

Image: Courtesy of Mark Menjivar

Image: Courtesy of Mark Menjivar

Capricho is a project by artist Mark Menjivar that activates the archives of his late grandfather, Joe Font. Originally from Puerto Rico, Font extensively photographed various places in Latin America for a period of over 30 years. A main component of the project is a book of photographs taken by Font, which has contextual information added by family and friends at his funeral. Menjivar complied, scanned, and laid out these archives into a new book with some hand written text. Additionally, Menjivar will work with families in the community to tend to their own family archives and create meaningful projects that reveal a shared human experience.