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In The Name Of...?

Work by Gabriela Alemán

Friday, February 14, 2020 - Thursday, May 14, 2020 | 6:30 pm

 

Join us for the official opening reception of In The Name Of...? showcasing new work by local SF visual artist and organizer Gabriela Alemán known by her online moniker as Smug Morenita.
Gabriela Alemán is an illustrator, visual artist, writer and organizer born and raised in San Francisco’s Mission District. Resonating with the aesthetic of comics and pop art, her work consists of boldly colored graphics that highlight Latinx subjects and cultural iconography not found in most mainstream or Latinx art. She does illustration part-time and creates work for print, websites, and social media.

Self-taught, she began drawing and experimenting with different materials and mediums as a means to explore her experiences as a first-generation, queer, child of Central American immigrants. Her subjects range from folklore dancers to reimagined cultural iconography. Alemán is devoted to using the rich colors of her community and her lens as a Latinx creative to bring visibility to the Central American diaspora.

“In the name of…?” explores the continuous impact and the unbalanced power dynamics shared between countries of the American continent, specifically the effects that these dynamics have had in the Central American region. Gabriela Alemán’s work calls out these effects and asks the audience to question who justifies state-sanctioned violence, and how we perpetuate that violence within our own communities. Using social media as a platform to disseminate information, Alemán reaches those outside of the Central American diaspora proposing a reality outside of the nation/border complex that pushes us to build solidarity outside of borders and urges us to rethink loyalty to nations that continue to destabilize regions of indigenous, black, and brown communities. Ultimately, Alemán uses her platform and skills as a self-taught digital artist not only to highlight and respond to issues affecting Central Americans and the Latinx community, but to also showcase the joy and traditions that keep her connected to the diaspora. 

Soft opening: February 5, 2020 6:30 - 9:00 PM

 

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