De Colores Means All of Us: Art and the Dialectics of Coalition Building in Communities of Color, curated by Claudia Huiza
—A core exhibition of the Sur Biennial, Fall 2019
Opening in the Red Room Gallery on September 21 – November 16, 2019
Reception: September 21 @ 3-5PM
This exhibition will focus on cross cultural relations between female-identified Latinxs, artists of Caribbean descent and African American communities living in Southern California. The curated effort focuses on Black, Caribbean and Brown relations and our shared history of struggle and how more than ever we need to work hard to continue strengthening our alliances. The premise asserts that knowing and exploring each other’s cultural production and history through our art, we can move beyond the petty and the divisiveness that seems to be rampant in our country today.
The multimedia exhibition, featuring artists Maritza Alvarez, Lavialle Campbell, Patrisse Kahn-Cullors, Zeal Harris, Ana Navarro, Cole Jupiter James, Star Montana, Claudia Rodriguez and Sandy Rodriguez, furthers the alliance work started decades ago by organic intellectual-scholars Elizabeth (Betita) Martinez and Angela Davis, who worked together in the early nineties and onward to bring attention to how art, music, poetry and literature are crucial in building strong social movements for meaningful change.
As performance artist Patrisse Cullors has shown with her most recent body of work, “Respite, Reprieve and Healing”, bringing together diverse communities that inhabit Neighboring communities in LA in an exploration of healing and ceremonies that highlight our shared histories of struggle, art has an enormous potential to change people, communities and our world. The collaborations, the dialogues created by bringing together artists from very different communities who would otherwise not come together to explore the commonalities of their socialization, struggles and perdurance demonstrates that art can be a vehicle for increased consciousness raising, awareness about other cultures, and a serve as a foundation for strong movements for social change, because art offers us ways of seeing the world through a different, more well-rounded lens.
For more information, please visit the official Sur: Biennial Website