Changarreando with Tina B. Medina: Instagram Takeover

May. 11, 2021

Cover image artwork: (Closeup) Tina B. Medina, Barreras/Barriers, Fabric, Flag, Thread, 33 ” x 60 “, 2017

May. 11, 2021 @ 12:00 pm Jun. 8, 2021 @ 7:00 pm

Support our May 2021 Changarreando Artist, Tina B. Medina, as we adapt the program to an exciting feature: “Changarreando”. In the spirit of Changarrito, the pop-up mobile art gallery where artists can sell their work to the public, Changarreando with Tina B. Medina 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. 

Changarrito Instagram Live Interview on Thursday, May 27th

You’re invited to Mexic-Arte Museum’s Changarreando Instagram Live event with Artist Tina B. Medina on Thursday, May 27th from 5:00pm – 5:45pm CST taking place virtually through the Museum’s Instagram account @mexic_arte! Dr. George Vargas, Mexic-Arte Museum’s Curator and Director of Programs, will facilitate the virtual event with a series of questions directed at the artist including a Q&A taking place during the last 20 minutes of the event. 

About the Artist: 

Tina B. Medina is a visual artist and Professor of Art at Mountain View campus, Dallas College. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Texas Tech University and Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of North Texas. Medina’s art has been exhibited nationally in exhibits such as Immigration, Migration, Movement & The Humanities at Arizona State University, and displayed at the Galería América of the Institute for Latino Studies, University of Notre Dame, Indiana. Medina has curated several exhibits including Contemporary Latino American Artists of the Metroplex at Richland and Brookhaven campuses and ELLA: Exhibiting Local Latina Artists at the Dallas Latino Cultural Center. She was a member of the oldest Texas artist run cooperative 500X Gallery for five years and serves occasionally on City of Dallas Public Art Committees.

Artist Statement 

“I am compelled to make art that speaks about current issues in our country by representing and portraying the point of view of immigrants and people of color. The struggles and continued barriers placed upon people of color in the US motivates me to create works from the viewpoint of those who have suffered racism, bigotry and xenophobia. Part of the experience for POC is how we try to place ourselves within a historical reference that was never meant to include us. Our past and present history influence how we perceive others, as well as how we perceive ourselves. I want to amplify the voices of women and families who have little power in our country due to a historical and ongoing oppression. My artworks speak about power and the unintended consequences of colonization and assimilation. I find it essential to revisit the history of the US to remind ourselves how the past informs and shapes the present. I undertake many methods of art making to translate my ideas. For instance, I may record voices of people, or embroider cloth, physically perform an action, or install a site-specific installation.  I love found objects and the history they accumulate as well as the meaning we imbue upon them, so I often incorporate them into my work. Most of my inspiration comes from cultural history and identity, including gender, ethnicity, nationality, ancestry and class.”  

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.