Galería de la Raza is proud to continue with Studio 24 Presents, a series of window installations and displays by local artists to be featured at our new administrative offices. By effectively utilizing our corner space (the corner of 24th and Bryant Streets) and large windows, Studio 24 Presents will be an extension of our public art programming, which includes the Digital Mural Project billboard on Bryant Street. This program will provide an opportunity for artists to interact with the general public by inserting a bit of whimsy into the everyday, whether it be strolling down 24th Street or waiting for MUNI.
Studio 24 Presents also offers visual artists another point of entry into the organization, apart from Galería’s institutional exhibition programs. This new program seeks to raise the visibility of artists and promote artwork sales, providing both the artists and the organization new opportunities for economic sustainability.
We are delighted to introduce the third artist for this program with artist Natalia Anciso.
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About her work:
“Growing up, I heard stories about the ‘Rinches,’ who often took the law into their own hands and lynched Tejanos along the Border. Having not learned this in my Texas History books through high school, I would later discover that the ‘Rinches’ were the Texas Rangers. In graduate school, I decided to do further research on lynchings of Mexicans and Tejanos. However, I found it very hard to find information or photos of these lynchings specific to Texas. It was as if these events were erased from Texas history, despite the fact that these events were indeed lived, and that knowledge of these events were passed on within the consciousness of Tejanos, generation by generation.
The Pinches Rinches series recontextualizes a history along the border that has been lost. Drawing from both historical references and stories of my own family, I give testimony and retell the forgotten history of my native borderlands, the Rio Grande Valley.”
About the artist:
Natalia Anciso is a Chicana-Tejana visual artist and educator. Born in Weslaco and raised in Mercedes, hardscrabble towns in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Deep South Texas, she received her BA in Studio Art from The University of Texas at Austin in 2008. Anciso recently earned an MFA from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Over the past few years, she has taught art to a diverse array of youth through non-profit organizations, ranging from the Oakland Leaf Foundation's Urban Arts Program in the Fruitvale District of East Oakland to the Summer Institute for the Gifted at the University of California, Berkeley. She worked most recently as the Art Director for the Mission Clubhouse of the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco. She currently lives in Oakland and works primarily out of the East Bay.
Natalia Anciso creates art predicated on realities and legends of her upbringing. Her works are visual records of family, community, and border culture along her native Rio Grande. These Borderlands are currently ravaged by poverty, human trafficking, and the escalating Mexican Drug War. The Rio Grande cuts one land and people in two, like a wound, bleeding a legacy of pain, tears, and struggle that have beset the area for generations. Anciso’s family has resided in this geographic territory for four generations.
Anciso researches vernacular arts like pano arte, handkerchief art believed to have emerged from Chicano prisoners in the 1940s, and the huipil, embroidered Mayan textiles worn by indigenous women in Southern and Central America. These art forms are reconfigured to tell contemporary stories of life along the Texas/Mexico border. Juxtaposing beautifully colored, watercolor-drawn images of flowers indigenous to Texas against stark, monochromatic media images, meticulously rendered in pen, Anciso offers the beauty of home against grisly depictions of the Mexican Drug War. Using these tools on domestic textiles such as handkerchiefs, pillowcases, and bed sheets, Anciso's work examines psycho-political struggles of life along La Frontera.