Villa Victoria Center for the Arts and A R E A Gallery are excited to present an exhibition showcasing the work of emerging artists with Latin American heritage. This show draws a small sample of the diverse identities that are spread within the intercontinental territory of the Americas. Culture is a construct, with a myriad of variables composed of life experiences, some which can be chosen or controlled, others unpredictable and negotiated as they present themselves.
This exhibition does not propose a grouping by similarities, it recognizes a connecting thread throughout Latin American cultures however delicate and sometimes elusive it may be - through experiences of colonialism, authoritarianism, inequality, language and the intense mixture of ethnicities. This exhibition acknowledges how ample the umbrella of Latinidad is, especially when migration between the Americas is taken into consideration. Featuring the work of these emerging artists, based or working in New England, this exhibition reaffirms La Galería at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts as a space that fosters experimentation, as well as representation and community building for the population with Latin American roots in Boston. This exhibition celebrates the diversity of visual languages and approaches in each artists’ chosen means of expression, ranging from photography to sculptures.
Andres Hidalgo, Benjamin Spalding, Ariel Baez, Alicia Rodriguez Alvisa, Maria Eugenia Moya, Gina Gwen Palacios, Maria Camila Escobar
Andres Hidalgo lives and works in Quito Ecuador and graduated with an MFA from SMFA at Tufts; Benjamin Spalding is of Puerto Rican heritage with an MFA from MECA; Ariel Baez is an Afro-Latino born and raised in Roxbury, pursuing an MFA at the SMFA at Tufts University; Alicia Rodriguez Alvisa is a Cuban pursuing a BFA at SMFA at Tufts; Maria Eugenia Moya is Peruvian and pursuing an MFA in sculpture at RISD; Gina Gwen Palacios is of Mexican/American heritage pursuing an MFA in Painting from The Rhode Island School of Design, Camila Escobar is a Colombian and pursuing an MFA in Printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).
Raquita is a Jamaican-born-and-bred, Boston-based hybrid club music and transnational bass DJ and Engineer.
They started DJing in 2013 at Northeastern’s radio station WRBB 104.9, playing various campus events. Since then they have held down residencies in Boston at Zuesdays, PicoPicante, Rare Footage and Brash and have played outside the area both locally and internationally.
A lover of all things bass, they pride themself on their versatile and eclectic style which has been strongly influenced by their Caribbean roots, as well as their time spent in Latin America and London. They design their sets to suit the occasion and lift the spirits.