mosaic of images included in the exhibition

Latina and Latinx MN: Re/claiming Space in Times of Change

Featuring 42 self-identifying Latina women and non-binary Latinx Minnesota-based artists with
ancestral roots in Latin America, this exhibition is a comprehensive survey highlighting a variety
of media, methods and themes that center and celebrate a diverse group of Latina and Latinx
artists from across the state. By platforming each artist’s distinct history and identity, this
exhibition seeks to honor the contributions of Latina and Latinx artists to our state’s shared past,
present and future cultural heritage.

East & West Gallery
September 7, 2024
to
December 8, 2024
Artists:
Adriana Gordillo, Alondra M. Garza, Ana Hortencia Freeberg, Carlota Gay, Rio Pérez, Filis R. Díaz, Ivonne Paulina Jasso Yáñez, Joci Salguero, Kandace Creel Falcón, Sary Kelly Salaya-Molina, Lys Akerman-Frank, Magdalena Corinne Kaluza, Maria Linsday, Martha Gabriela Driessen, Mary Miranda, Melodee Strong, Mikha “Mikhamik” Dominguez, Mónica Vega, Nancy Ariza, Natalia Rocafuerte, Nayelie Avalos, Raquel Diaz Goutierez, Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra, Rosanna Ramirez, Sam Mendez, Sandra Felemovicius, Sandra Lucía Castañeda, Savannah Bustillo, Savita Cristina Bettaglio, Selma Fernández Richter, Sofía Padilla, Verónica Torres, Constanza Carballo, Cecilia Cornejo Sotelo, Selena Medellin, Lynda Grafito, Marina Castillo, Deborah Ramos, Carmen Gutiérrez-Bolger, María José Castillo, Zamara Cuyún, Maria Cristina "Tina" Tavera
Reception:

September 7, 2024 5 to 7 pm

Curatorial Team:
Co-curated by Zamara Cuyún and William Gustavo Franklin Torres; with Carmen Gutiérrez-Bolger, Lynda Grafito, Marina Castillo, Cecilia Cornejo Sotelo, María Constanza Carballo, Selena Medellin, Deborah Ramos and María José Castillo as curatorial assistants and consultants. 


The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery is pleased to open its 2024-2025 exhibition season with Latina and Latinx MN: Re/claiming Space in Times of Change. Featuring 42 self-identifying Latina women and non-binary Latinx Minnesota-based artists with ancestral roots in Latin America, this show is a comprehensive survey highlighting a variety of media, methods and themes that center and celebrate a diverse group of Latina and Latinx artists from across the state. By platforming each artist’s distinct history and identity, this exhibition seeks to honor the contributions of Latina and Latinx artists to our state’s shared past, present and future cultural heritage. The curators explain their intent:

“As a multicultural and collective expression, Latina and Latinx MN: Re/claiming Space in Times of Change breaks the barriers of assumption. The exhibit is the first large comprehensive survey of self-identifying Latina women and Latinx non-binary Minnesota-based artists with ancestral roots in Latin America, an expanded designation for a group of resilient and unique artists whose journeys and fates lead us to this moment, each unconditionally committed to art as a universal transformative force …
 

Embedded in each piece is the pride of being a Latina woman and a Latinx non-binary person, an experience often reduced to a social phenomenon by outsiders but affirmed here as an unequivocal historical, unifying and rich American condition. The ancestral roots in Latin America are then the pathway from a shared heritage, struggles and achievements, to the social and political present.”

The artists will be present at the opening reception on Saturday, September 7, 5–8pm. For more information, please visit gallery.stkate.edu.


Events

All events are in-person. Note: For ASL Interpreting and other accommodations, please contact Gallery Director Nicole Watson (nmwatson@stkate.edu) at least one week prior to each event.
 

Thursday, September 26, 6-8pm: Diversity and Emotional Richness of the LGBTQIA+ Community - Mikha "Mikhamik" Dominguez and Nayelie Avalos in conversation with Martha Driessen (moderator). Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, October 1, 5-7pm: Shadow Puppetry workshop - Lys Akerman-Frank and Sofía Padilla. Free and open to the public. Free and open to the public. Limited to 20 participants, RSVP required.

Thursday, October 17, 6-8pm: Representations of Self: Altered States and Familia Connections, Sandra Lucía Castañeda and Adriana Gordillo, moderated by Ivonne Paulina Jasso Yáñez. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, November 7, 6-8pm: Social practice & Vandalism of Art - Sam Mendez in conversation with Nancy Ariza. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, November 14, 6-8pm: Photography and Motherhood - Selma Fernández Richter in conversation with Carlota Gay. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, December 5, 5-7pm: Printmaking Workshop - led by Lynda Grafito and Nancy Ariza. Free and open to the public. Limited to 16 participants, RSVP required.


Please note: this is a small sampling of artworks included in the exhibition. To request additional images from other artists, please contact Gallery Director Nicole Watson: nmwatson@stkate.edu.

a picture of a Quilt with images and quotes
Cecilia Cornejo Sotelo

Red Wing Community Quilt / MANTA COMMUNITARIA de RED WING, 2022-2024
Social Practice, Fiber Arts / Práctica Social, Artes Textile
About: The Red Wing Community Quilt embraces the cherished tradition of quilt-making to bring a community together across culture, language, and time. The piece is comprised of embroidered phrases based on audio testimonials recorded in 2022 by Cecilia Cornejo Sotelo through her multi-platform project, The Wandering House. Through this project, Cecilia invited residents in Red Wing, Minnesota, to reflect and record their thoughts on the significance of home. For the quilt, the artist selected audio snippets in which community members responded to the prompt “I Know I’m Home When…” A year later, in 2023, in close partnership with Red Wing Arts, Cecilia recruited nearly 60 local volunteers who created a visual interpretation to the audio testimonials. Unlike a traditional quilt, the piece features embroidered fragments dissimilar in style and levels of proficiency, calling attention to the heterogeneity of the community that produced it. In doing so, the Red Wing Community Quilt is a testament to the power of communal creativity and collaboration.


3D scultures
Ivonne Yáñez

Machetes to stop the rain, 2023
Soft sculpture made of marbled fabric, embroidery and salt
About: Dreams and blending of memories and traditional objects that belong to traditional Mexican culture.


Mask with colorful leaves
Lys Akerman-Frank

Hineni, 2024
Mixed media (leather, fabrics, wire, plastic, epoxy, foam)
About: Hineni is a collection of the experiences and encounters of all these years living in the United States, of all the masks I have fashioned and worn to live, survive, and thrive as a first-generation immigrant from Brazil.


Black and White photo of children by a car
Martha Driessen

Untitled (Festival del Cinco de Mayo, St Paul), 2024
Black and white digital photograph
About: Street photography documenting everyday life; happenstance, candid moments that reveal identity and encourage a sense of belonging. Rapport and complicity that sprout with women encountered.


3D Art of a quilt and beads
Mikha "Mikhamik" Dominguez

Santa María, 2024
Mixed media assemblage
About: Through their art and in this piece, Dominguez addresses the impact of conversion therapy and family pressure on mental health, emphasizing the diversity and emotional richness of the LGBTQIA+ community. Their work advocates for visibility, authenticity, and the belief that art has intrinsic value.


An installation on a bag with a TV attached recording the viewer
Natalia Rocafuerte

Three dreams in bags, 2023
Video installation, video art
About: Exploration of dreams and collective memory as Xicanx. Using laundry bags as framing, the three bags explore dreams, self and memory.


An outside image of a shirtless man behind a blue veil
Nayelie Avalos

My Heart Burns Blue, 2023
Digital photograph
About: Focus on fluidity and intersectionality introducing new narratives about brown beauty and desire by capturing their softness and poise while holding their power and vulnerability.


Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra

La Luz, La Sombrisa, y La Galaxia (YouTube video), 2018
Multimedia installation, interdisciplinary performance, durational installation with timed performance.
About: Evolving work telling of specific Lenca oral narratives as well as personal and family narratives. It is an evolving piece with current explorations in ceramics, instrument making, and light installation. Set pieces have involved fabric, costume, basketry sculpture, broken ceramics.


a portrait of an old person
Sandra Lucía Castañeda

Autorretrato, 2023
Painting, drawing, photography and audio
About: Experimentation with altered states of consciousness to face traumas and show oneself.


an image on a woman and a puppet working on a light box projecting and image
Sofía Padilla

Belong / Pertenecer, 2024
Live performance and video installation
About: Belong follows the path of a family forced to flee their home and their struggles to navigate the system while rebuilding their identity.


A piece of pottery
Verónica Torres

"Lover Gaze Deep...", 2023
Mid-fire porcelain
About: Exploration of the tension experienced by the artist as a Latinx woman, with both Indigenous and European ancestry, complicit in and surviving through late capitalism.


This work is funded in part by the Minnesota Humanities Center (MHC) with money from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund that was created with the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

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