ELA 26: Histories of Transformation / Historias de Transformación

Sep. 16, 2022

Sep. 16, 2022 @ 6:00 pm Feb. 5, 2023 @ 9:00 pm

Chantal Lesley, Anything but brown, 20 x 30” archival inkjet print, 2020.
 Beatriz Guzmán Velásquez , tornasol, 2022, ceramics raku firing, thread, mesquite charcoal, rose petals, artist’s hair, 9in x 12in. Work created with the support of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

Mexic-Arte Museum

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Austin, TX 78701 United States
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The ELA (Emerging Latinx Artists) exhibition is in its 26th iteration. ELA highlights emerging Latinx artists based in Texas, while also giving emerging curators the chance to curate an original concept and design. This year’s curatorial team consists of Luisa Perez, Mexic-Arte Museum’s Education Associate and Isabel Servantez, Mexic-Arte Museum’s Curator of Exhibitions and Director of Programs.

This year’s exhibition ELA explores the broad concept of transformation. The artists in this exhibition have created artwork representing the life they have been born into or chosen. Some present the changes they have made in their lives, while others present the changes that they have witnessed around them. These artists have transformed themselves to best fit into a world where they can thrive as both artists and individuals.

This is a collection of artists that have not attempted to assimilate within the dominant culture of the United States but have adapted to survive and thrive within it. These artists have adapted to present the mix of their cultural backgrounds and that of the United States, often representing a mix of two or several cultural influences. With each artist, their choices have shown a unique voice commenting on the ever-shifting landscape of the world around them or the world in themselves.

Mexic-Arte is proud to present a multidisciplinary exhibition featuring emerging Latinx artists across Texas. Please enjoy the exhibition, and like many of the artists in this exhibition, take time to consider the change around you and in yourself as you experience the exhibition.

Featured Artists

Sarah Ayala, Daniel Calderon, Isabel Ann Castro, Christian Cruz, Kat Cadena, Marcelina Gonzales, Galileo Gonzalez, Fabian Guerrero, Natasha Hernandez, Angel Lartigue, Chantal Lesley, Gabi Magaly, Abinadi Meza, Angeles Salinas, Marco Sanchez, Saúl Hernandez Vargas, and  Beatriz Guzmán Velásquez . Artists included in the exhibition are based across Texas from the cities Austin, Brownsville, Dallas, Edinburg, El Paso, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio.

An original mural commissioned to accompany the exhibition is being painted by muralist Kat Cadena.

Installation Images

Date: Friday, September 16th, 2022 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Performance: poet Ariana Brown and the musical group Eterno Scroll.

Location: Mexic-Arte Museum

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