As a latinx artist on a very white campus I recongize the lack of latinx voice in my community daily. These are photos from a zine I was able to create this semster where I was able to highlight the strength of other latinx artists through this photography series titled ‘Visionarix’. I was blessed to have been given so many outlets to different worlds which these Latinx womxn allowed me to enter and capture them for who they are in their spaces. This series has also allowed me the chance to begin to explore my identity in my art which I haven't yet done. Throughout this process I was able to locate latinx artists on campus that range in different art mediums including painting, directing, acting, playwriting, clothing design, videomaking and poetry. Enjoy what these artists have to say to you.
Sophie Frank was born in Miami to a Cuban mother and a Jewish father, but over the years she has learned what it means to be joyful through her mother and family. Whether that joy is found in celebration through food, dance and music. Recently Sophie has been thinking a lot about non-sexual ways to experience validation and pleasure. After just reading Audre Lorde's “Uses of the Erotic” and a lot of what Lorde talks about in her writing has inspired Sophie to utilize the ecstasy of piecing together writing, images and her culture (physically and spiritually) as something that can greatly benefit her mental health. There is such an immense amount of unpaid labor that Latinx femmes are required to do, and therefore it's important for her to honor her mother and her ancestors through describing the griminess and ritual of small daily tasks like eating, cleaning, bleeding, and dressing.
Sofía is currently involved in writing and directing a play titled ‘everybody knows the moon is blue’ which addresses Puerto Rico’s existence as a colony under the militaristic thumb of the United States through the eyes of the moon (who is a lesbian). As a director, they focus on cultivating an environment which supports the creation of revolutionary collaborative art without (re)traumatization.
That fire and that love hasshaped Sofía into the person and artist they are today. They hope to use what passion and strength they have been blessed with by their mothers in order to support, uplift, and celebrate other queer latinx artists.
Growing up in Los Angeles, CA has allowed Jenny to be the strong chigona Chicana she is today. Even though she recognizes that she was brought up in the states she still holds incredible pride in her Mexican heritage. Regardless of the constant conflict with systematic oppression in Amerikkka she has learned to hold pride in her identity and challenge these systematic structures that continue to diminish latinx voices. Holding this much pride in her latinidad has sparked a desire to want to spread latinxs stories through her clothing and theatre. Jenny hopes to show light to the realities of latinx individuals and educate them through her art.
Jenny has found her ability to posses the power to show the beauty in her cultura through her art as a medium to expose these oppressive systems. As she continues to be radical in her actions she yearns for the removal of disgusting portrayal of Latinx people in Amerikkka.
Zanya means “always” in Zapotec; one of the still spoken native dialects from Mexico. Zanya believes that her name was given to her for a reason, like everything that crosses her path. She is from Mexico City, a loud,chaotic and dangerous beautiful city, yet that is her identity. Both in the beauty and in the decay. Her undoubtable truth is that the strong and proud woman she is today is because she is Latinx.
Like her name, she's always known that there is so much more to being a young Latinx woman and the weight it can carry. There is a constant disapproval from the eyes of people that believe we speak too much truth and our voices are loud and no one can stop that. Not only do thoughts, words, and actions remain in this world, but art remains with us as well. Her voice transforms itself into the art she chooses to leave behind in this world, like her name it will always echo, it will always be a triumphant sound. A voice that will always impregnate the minds of young Latinx women and strike the ones who dare shut them down.
Amalia is from Yonkers, New York. She identifies as a Latinx Woman from New York. Yonkers is a large town made up of many different worlds but of all these worlds they all have one thing in common; raw authenticity. If she had to say how that place makes her who she is today she would say that it is Yonkers raw authentic roughness that has really influenced the way she carries herself and the way she finds herself comfortable in any unruly environment. She hopes to make work one day that helps to connect second generation Latinx children of immigrants find their place/identity in America, she feels that this specific group of people deserve their own reconstruction of what it means to be a Latinx person living under these conditions.
She has been making changes through her art, by using the platforms given to her in her Hampshire Classes to tell stories about what living in her Identity means to her and most importantly using her platform to center marginalized voices on campus. Currently she is working on a project called “Who is the Tolstoy of My People?, Reconstructing the Latinx Spectrum” where she is taking literature from Ta-Nehisi Coates book In Between The World And Me and using it to create a piece centered on Latinx Identity and how the historical amnesia of our people's culture and history affects how we see our culture as a valid part of the world's history and in return how we recognize ourselves as truly “Latinx or not”.
Mikaela González identifies with la frontera. Born in Mexico City and with family from both sides of the border, she has maneuvered barriers and subverted them, embodying mixed identity, queerness, Spanglish, and biculturalism. For her, México is a source of nostalgia and longing, and she holds great pride in her cultural traditions as well as the queering hybridization of her Mexicanness. She channels the visions of Gloria Anzaldúa, Frida Kahlo, Patssi Valdéz and Judy Baca, and so many other Latinx femmes, queers, and artists—they are her chosen family of rebeldes and guerrerxs that propel her to continue the work with unapologetic determination.
Mikaela started creating before she learned to walk. For her, art, activism & connection are necessarily intertwined. Mikaela has fallen in love with the medium of community muralism, embracing its potential for collective decolonial healing & resilience, a weapon against the violence of systematic silencing, erasure, demonization, and dehumanization. She is currently working on her Division III thesis project,taking the form of a POC led on-campus mural. After graduation, Mikaela yearns to paint walls alongside other radical visionaries in Los Angeles & Mexico City. She hopes to never stop this work of collective imagination.