Changarreando with Jennifer Battaglia: Instagram Takeover

Dec. 6, 2020

Dec. 6, 2020 @ 12:00 pm Dec. 31, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Support our December 2020 Changarreando Artist, Jennifer Battaglia, as we adapt the program to a new and exciting internet feature: “Changarreando” In the spirit of Changarrito, the pop-up mobile art gallery where artists can sell their work to the public, Changarreando with Jennifer Battaglia allows the artist to bring their work to you. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for updates on original work available for purchase as well as behind the scenes of the artist’s work, space, and creative process.

Cover image artwork: Jennifer Battaglia, You Look Tired, Archival Inkjet Print Mounted on Aluminum, 12” x 18”, 2020

About the Artist: 

El Paso, TX native, Jennifer Battaglia, is a Mexican/Italian American conceptual artist currently residing in Houston. She received her BA in Media Production from the University of Houston where she concentrated on photography, video, and graphic design. She currently works as the media editor for the popular Texas online art publication, Glasstire. Battaglia utilizes both traditional and digital mediums—collage and assemblage, and digital video and photography—to curate connections between the subconscious mind and day-to-day experiences associated with advancements in technology, changes in family values and social norms, and current events. Each experience is heightened by the anxious mind to form an alternate reality that is hyper nostalgic yet unfamiliar.

Artist Statement 

Coming from a background in professional product photography I tend to often use inanimate objects in my work. Challenging current affairs by juxtaposing contemporary technology with obsolete house-hold items, such as rotary telephones and exhausted mid-20th century housewares. I find that these devices lend a sense of comfort through familiarity, ease of routine, and kitsch aesthetic. Aside from using objects in a staged setting I also take to the streets, documenting the world around me to find connections between societal borders. 

Presenting Changarreando

Changarrito is an art vending cart, conceptualized by artist Maximo Gonzalez as an alternative to the official gallery selection presented by the Mexican cultural authorities. The word “changarreando”, is a verb form that comes from the noun “changarro,” slang originating in Mexico City for “a small retail store.” The suffix “-ando” adds significant meaning to the word but can be summarized here as indicating the act or action of hanging out at a “changarro” with the featured artist. 

Faithful to their original, informal spirit, Changarritos exist throughout the world, evolving as forums for the sale of original artwork to the general public, presentation of public programs, special curatorial projects, individual and collective exhibitions. Changarreando takes this a step further to connect with people through social media, generate interaction with art, and embrace the digital era with our existing programs!  

Changarrito Residency

True to the Mexic-Arte Museum’s mission, the Changarrito and Changarreando are dedicated to the presentation and promotion of contemporary Latinx and Latin American art. Normally, artists have the opportunity to sell their art on the Changarrito cart in front of the Museum (or an offsite location, as representative for the Museum during various Austin festivals). Changarreando expands the reach of the artist by presenting their gallery online, while allowing the option to sell merch over Instagram  and receive 100% of the sale. For each Changarrito/Changarreando artist, the Museum acquires a work of art for its permanent collection.