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Naomi Rincon-Gallardo "The Formaldehyde Trip"

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - Saturday, September 10, 2016

Photo: Fabiola Torres Alzaga

The Formaldehyde Trip is part of Galería’s series, Queerly Mexican – an exploration of visual dialog across borders and generations about the ongoing struggle to be simultaneously Mexican or Chicanx and queer.  Queerly Mexican will feature a series of artist residencies that will culminate in an exhibition in the Spring of 2017 that seeks to transform cultural politics of national/ethnic identity that rest discursively on patriarchal constructs of heterosexism and machismo, narrowly defined womanhood, and rigid binaries of gender and sexuality.

During August 2016, Mexico-City-based artist Naomi Rincon-Gallardo will be in residency developing a new performance and video that weaves together Mesoamerican cosmologies, feminist activism and theory, and indigenous women’s struggles for their territories.  This new piece, The Formaldehyde Trip, imagines the murdered Mixtec activist Alberta “Bety” Cariño in her journey through the underworld.  As she encounters warriors, witches, and the dual-gendered goddess of death, Cariño transforms from an individual to a collective body, a radical sisterhood of the future budding towards her rebirth.  We have partnered with SF MOMA to curate and present The Formaldehyde Trip.

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"Mujeres Luz" by Talavera-Ballón

Studio 24

Thursday, August 11, 2016 - Saturday, September 17, 2016

Mujeres Luz is an art exhibit dedicated to Las Patronas and migrants who travel on La Bestia inspired by the film All of Me (Llevate mis Amores). When Talavera-Ballón saw the movie at the San Francisco Film Festival last year, he was so moved that he traveled to Veracruz, Mexico to meet and paint these incredible women.

Learn more about Las Patronas in this photo essay by Remezcla contributor Hans-Maximo Musielik

About Talavera-Ballon

Talavera-Ballón is a Peruvian-born painter based in San Francisco, CA. His work highlights the lives and struggles of farm workers, indigenous people and immigrants throughout Latin America and the US. He has exhibited in museums, universities and embassies internationally and in the US, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cusco and the Peruvian Embassy in Washington DC. He has been selected for the SF Arts Commission 2015-2016 Artist Pool, has participated in Friday Nights at the de Young Museum and is currently a member of ArtSpan Open Studios committee.

Free and open to the public

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