Latino Hustle: Aqui/Ahora

April 5 – April 26, 2019

RECEPTION: Friday, April 5, 2019 @ 6 PM - 9 PM

DISCUSSION: Saturday, April 20th, 2 PM - 4 PM

Aqui/Ahora is a multimedia exhibition showcasing a selection of Latino/x artists who are responding to the political and social climate of today. Through an investigative lens the artists delve into issues of commerce and labor, historical narratives seen through an

altered perspective, activism and the inevitable cultural collision of our time. The exhibition

presents artists Sara Cardona, Francisco Josue Alvarado Araujo, Jeffry Valadez, Melissa

Gamez-Herrera, Giovanni Valderas and Fabiola Valenzuela. Each artist and their work creates historical markers that are telling of their place here and now as it relates to the Latino/x experience.

Exhibition Curators: Latino Hustle (Raul Rodriguez, Jessika Guillen, Gerardo Contreras)

Latino Hustle is a curatorial collective that aims to create space for Latino/x artists, musicians and creators across the Dallas-Fort Worth region. Through exhibitions and cultural programs our goal is to create visibility and opportunity for Latino/x artists in North Texas.

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Sara Cardona was born in Mexico City, where she spent several years of grade school, while migrating back and forth from Mexico to San Francisco to Boston, before finally arriving in Texas. The communal and artistic spirit of the jipiteco counter-culture movement, with which her parents were involved, influenced these formative years in Mexico. Sara grew up with theater and film, and her collage work is an embrace of the hand-crafted elements of prop construction, splicing and editing, and the visual narrative aspects of these formats.

Francisco Josue Alvarado Araujo was born in Matehuala, San Luis Potosi, Mexico and

relocated to North Texas where he has resided for the past twenty years. He studied

printmaking at Brookhaven Community College in Farmers Branch, Texas and in 2015 received his BFA in Printmaking from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. He is currently an MFA candidate at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.

Jeffry Valadez is a multimedia artist, product designer, and web developer. He holds a BFA

degree from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts for Photography & Imaging and

Latin American Studies. Inspired by stories of migration, and the context in which those histories are stored and exchanged, he works a the intersection of visual production, technology, and research to learn novel ways to serve our communities.

Melissa Gamez-Herrera is a visual artist who investigates and grapples with issues of human rights, humanity, spirituality and identity through her artwork, primarily using photography as a medium. She is currently carrying out a photographic project about maquiladora workers in Piedras Negras, Mexico who have displayed leadership in their communities concerning labor rights as well as women’s rights. She is traveling to Piedras Negras to interview the women about their lives and to photograph them in their living spaces. She earned a BA in Art and Art History from Colgate University and is currently an MFA candidate in Photography at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX.

Fabiola Valenzuela is an Intermedia artist that lives in Fort Worth, TX. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Texas at Arlington. Fabiola’s work concentrates on identity and memory through the use of painting, installation and sculpture. More recently, she was selected for the Texas Biennial 2017 exhibition.

A native of Dallas, Giovanni Valderas is the Assistant Gallery Director at Kirk Hopper Fine

Art. He also served as an appointee by Dallas City Council as Vice Chair of the Cultural

Affairs Commission. Previously he was the Gallery Director at Mountain View College.

Valderas graduated from the College of Visual Arts & Design at the University of North

Texas with a Master of Fine Arts in Drawing & Painting. He has taught several painting and

drawing courses at the University of North Texas, Richland, and Mountain View College. He

is a former member of 500x gallery, one of the oldest co-op galleries in Texas. His work has

been featured in the 2013 Texas Biennial, New American Paintings Magazine, issue #108

and #132, Impossible Geometries: Curated works by Lauren Haynes at Field Projects in

New York City, and’s temporary billboard public art project. In addition, Valderas

recently received the Moss/Chumley Award and a micro-grant from the Nasher Sculpture

Center in Dallas for his guerrilla site-specific project. Most recently, Valderas finished his

reappointment to the City of Dallas, Cultural Affairs Commission having served under

Councilman Omar Narvaez. Valderas is the newest cohort of the Latino Center for

Leadership Academy.