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Studio 24 Presents: Vida Vazquez

Sunday, May 27, 2018 - Saturday, July 28, 2018

Please join us in welcoming Vida Vazquez as our next Studio 24 featured artist! 

Artist Bio: Vida Vazquez was born in San Francisco, California to an Afro-Cuban father and Jewish American mother. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Oberlin College with a minor in Studio Art. Vida's affinity for all things tropical is apparent in her work. Bold color and organic, playful shapes are primary components. Color is often the starting point in her process; femininity, the subconscious, nature and cultural identity are themes explored in her work. Vida was a featured artist in the ‘Nasty Women Oakland Exhibition 2017’ at Omi Gallery and has been an artisan vendor at the Oakland Museum of California, and Galeria de la Raza in San Francisco.

Statement: 'The Color of Strength' is a series of paintings that has been equal parts an experience of self discovery and affirmation, of myself and of any viewer who resonates with the work. Color is a language in itself, and my use of punchy, vibrant hues in my paintings and jewelry is an extension of my identity as a Caribbean person and an assertion of showing up as my full self. I draw strength from incorporating bold color into my surroundings and I view vibrant color as a tradition in the arts and aesthetics of people of Afro-Latino heritage. Images of women are a central theme in many of my paintings; I see creating them as a celebration of feminine strength and grace.

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Comida Es Medicina Exhibition

Co-curated by Suzy González and Luz Calvo

Saturday, August 11, 2018 - Friday, November 2, 2018

Comida es Medicina considers the topic of food justice from Latinx, Chicanx, Central American, indigenous, and immigrant perspectives. This group exhibition contests white supremacy by uplifting the knowledge, traditions, and practices of immigrant and indigenous members of our communities in relation to food, ancestral knowledge, and respect for Mother Earth.

The exhibition consists of a wide variety of artistic forms, including paintings, screenprints, videos, zines, sculptures, installation, and mixed media. The exhibition will extend to Galería’s Digital Mural Project, Galería, and Studio 24. 

The selected works demonstrate the diverse ways that contemporary Latinx artists uplift indigenous and immigrant food knowledge, while also providing a powerful critique of  the exploitation embedded in the current foods systems. Several of the pieces provide a pointed critique of  the greedy underside of agribusiness, gentrification, appropriation, and the genetic modification of our sacred corn. Taken as a whole, the pieces in the show powerfully represent the multiple ways our communities are creating bold visions of food justice, decolonization, and community healing.

 

The works exhibited in Studio 24 are interactive pieces produced by artists from various immigrant communities. This art encourages the viewer to draw connections between their own food memories and other communities’ experiences of longing, belonging, and exclusion. 

 

This exhibition is co-curated by Suzy González and Luz Calvo, with support from the Galería staff.  Comida es Medicina is supported in part by the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Southwest Airlines, and the Surdna Foundation through a grant from the NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant Program.

 

Image: Maíz by Federico Cuatlacuatl

Free and Open to the public.

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