BUST - BUST http://bust.com/arts/ Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:02:13 -0500 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb no-reply@bust.com (BUST ) Heather Benjamin's Humanoid Art Has Us Swooning http://bust.com/arts/193934-heather-benjamin-solo-exhibition-opening.html http://bust.com/arts/193934-heather-benjamin-solo-exhibition-opening.html  heather5 8c137



Whatever you are doing this Friday, cancel it. Heather Benjamin, the author and illustrator of the comic Sad People Sex, is having her first solo exhibition, “Death of a Tail,” at the Dress Shop Gallery, located at 322 Troutman Street in Brooklyn, New York. The Friday opening will boast a reception from 6-10pm.

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Aligning with BUST’s feminist vibes and values, and particularly important in our current political climate, Benjamin’s work features avatars — part women, part animal — that, in her own words, she uses to “sort through her own trauma and self-analysis, and seeks to give faces, bodies, and narratives to the different facets of her own womanhood.” Exemplifying the multiple facets and frustrations of womanhood, her work reveals a mastery of psychological-self portraiture,while tapping into universal truths about relationships of people to bodies,their own and others. If you can't wait until the show, you can find her work, books, and zines at http://baby-fat.net and http://heather-benjamin.tumblr.com. Check out some of her pieces below.

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Images by Heather Bejamin

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epstein.cs@gmail.com (Cricket Epstein) Arts Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:59:44 -0500
Meet Amanda Rodriguez, The Tattoo Artist Behind Those Iconic English Roses http://bust.com/arts/193742-amanda-makes-you-want-to-flourish-with-her-roses.html http://bust.com/arts/193742-amanda-makes-you-want-to-flourish-with-her-roses.html IMG 5301 6e893

Amanda Rodriguez is a New York City-based tattoo artist with a flair for English roses, among other beautiful and colorful organic designs. Her easily recognizable botanical tattoos have earned her the title of the flower queen of Brooklyn, where she creates unique artworks for her customers at Three Kings Tattoo in Greenpoint. Amanda spoke to BUST about her her journey as a tattoo artist and the women who inspire her.

So what inspired you to start tattooing?

It really kinda came out of desperation. After I graduated college I was stuck in a manual labor job that was pretty grueling. I hated it so much, and then I just ended up looking into tattooing and fell in love with it. As a teen, I was always considered a ‘goth’ kid and was into piercings, so tattooing ended up feeling really natural to me. 

How would you describe your technical style, and how did it develop?

I’m really bad with styles and genres, but I guess I would say my style is neo-traditional/illustrative. I actually was a portrait artist as a teenager and just assumed that was what I would do with tattooing, but when I started to learn the techniques I began to really appreciate bold lines and rich colors and then it just evolved from there. 

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Tell me a bit about your beautiful rose obsession.

I’ve always enjoyed flower tattoos. My first big piece was the peonies I have on my left arm. I wasn’t that into traditional roses, I thought they were too harsh and sharp but when I was in Portland on a trip I started to notice these different roses. Almost all of the houses there have these beautiful rose bushes out front, and it opened my eyes to other types of roses that were more cupped and soft and almost peony-like. From there it developed into a full-blown obsession and I have done two books of English rose drawings. I have five different types of English roses planted in the backyard at Three Kings. 

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 Are there any lady tattoo artists who truly inspire you?

Oh, of course! Tons. It is really nice because when I first started there were very few female tattoo artists, especially that were well known but now there are so many! I’ve been tattooed by a lot of females, notably Sam Smith from Scythe and Spade and Tiny Miss Becca from Jayne Doe, who is currently doing my back. I’m obviously a huge fan of the ladies at Wonderland Tattoo, Rose Hardy, Ellie Thompson, Kaitlin Greenwood and Hannah Flowers just to name a few!

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 Have you felt that as a woman you have received opposition for being a female tattoo artist?

In the beginning, yes. I learned to tattoo at a biker shop in Massachusetts, none of the artists wanted me there and some of the clients were super rude and sexist. One guy told my boss, ‘Oh, great, now you have someone who can tattoo my dick.’ Nowadays it’s different, there’s still a little bit of misogyny but it’s mostly all in good fun and most male tattooers are extremely respectful.

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Have you ever refused to give someone a tattoo?

Yeah I’ve definitely turned down tattoos that I didn’t think would work well for whatever reason but generally, people are willing to work with you and listen to your advice and ideas. 

What advice do you have for young girls who are trying to make it in this or any other industry?

Well, I think for one, understanding that it’s gonna be a long tough road with a lot of hard work. And two, figure out what it is you want to do and just make it happen. No one is just gonna pluck you up and give you the job you want you to have to just go out there and get it. 

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You can find more of Amanda's work on her Instagram and website, and you can book an appointment with her at Three Kings Tattoo Shop.

Amanda will be offering flash tattoos at this year's BUST Holiday Craftacular feat. the BUST School for Creative Living. Check it out!

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Header image by Susana Rico, other images via Instagram/Amanda Rodriguez

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janethgondapromo@gmail.com (Janeth Gonda) Arts Tue, 31 Oct 2017 16:49:26 -0400
These Stunning Street Photos Are A Love Letter To L.A. http://bust.com/arts/193822-these-stunning-street-photos-are-a-love-letter-to-l-a.html http://bust.com/arts/193822-these-stunning-street-photos-are-a-love-letter-to-l-a.html sentimental10 fca94
Michelle Groskopf has shot street photography almost daily in Los Angeles for the past five years. Now, she has started a campaign to publish the first collection of these subtle, intimate photos, entitled Sentimental. You may recognize her work from Instagram, where he has cultivated a dedicated following for her unexpected portraits that reveal so much lurking below the surface. Originally from Canada, Groskopf rose to prominence as a member of the Full Frontal Flash collective, a group of artists who use flash photography to illuminate their subjects. Sentimental will be published by The Magenta Foundation and will include photos of a wide range of subjects from Michelle's wanderings around the city. 


"We tend to forget that most of life takes place up close, where we cross each other’s paths. When we frame that energy, we can marvel at its beauty," explains Groskopf. "This is how I see. This book is a map of my whims. It’s a diary, in memory of all the days I trotted half in love down the street. It’s how I see colors and how I hold faces up to be worshipped. It's my love letter to the industrious nature of hands and all the ways they show us our busyness and our bustling. This is how I formulate my daily geography, the very things that prop me up and keep me afloat. This book is a dream line straight to my childhood where I first learned to roam."

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Read more and support Sentimental here.

All images by Michelle Groskopf, used with permission

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mollysgmcl@gmail.com (Molly McLaughlin) Arts Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:27:17 -0500
6 Women Visual Artists To Get Obsessed With http://bust.com/arts/193739-the-front-under-her-skin.html http://bust.com/arts/193739-the-front-under-her-skin.html  

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We just found your next favorite artist — well, six of them, and we didn't find them, feminist-focused media platform The Front and sister curator/director duo Rémy and Kelsey Bennett did. The Bennetts directed and The Front produced “Under Her Skin,” a series of six short films profiling six women visual artists who are different from each other in every way but their talent. I caught the premiere screening at New York’s Roxy Hotel Cinema recently and can’t wait for you to see them, too. Read a bit more about each artist below, and watch the trailer for “Under Her Skin” here.

1. Pantetha Abareshi

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Arizona-based illustrator Pantetha Abareshi — who is just 17 years old — was born with Sickle Cell Beta Zero Thalassemi. She expresses her chronic pain, as well as her anxiety and depression, through her illustrations, creating stunning art and empowering herself and others. “We need to increase the representation of women of color in the art world, especially women of color with mental illness and chronic illness,” she says in her video profile.

2. Parker Day


You might recognize Parker Day’s art from the pages of BUST magazine! The LA-based photographer draws from cult films and pop culture to create colorful, creative character portraits that explore identity.

3. Linda Friedman Schmidt

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German-born, New York-based American artist Linda Friedman Schmidt creates fiber art from discarded clothing, exploring the legacy of her parents, both Holocaust survivors; contemplating her own identity; and calling for social justice.

 4. Hein Koh

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Brooklyn-based Korean-American sculptor Hein Koh creates art inspired by women’s bodies and sexuality — “Women’s bodies are never their own,” she says in her video profile. She often draws upon her own experiences as the mom of two young twin daughters, as in her double-breastfeeding sculpture.

5. Jane Rule Burdine

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Mississippi-based photographer Jane Rule Burdine has been documenting the people and landscapes of her home state for over four decades, often focusing on the everyday lives of those who live in poverty.

6. Tafv Sampson

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Photographer Tafv Sampson is inspired by her mother, a journalist, and her father and grandfather, Native American actors. She creates captivating, dreamy videos and photography that speak to her family's legacy. 

Check out more about "Under Her Skin" on The Front.

Images courtesy The Front

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erikawsmith@bust.com (Erika W. Smith) Arts Tue, 31 Oct 2017 14:25:25 -0400
"A Latina In Museums" Is Smashing Stereotypes In The Art World http://bust.com/arts/193741-a-latina-in-museums-is-smashing-stereotypes-in-the-art-world.html http://bust.com/arts/193741-a-latina-in-museums-is-smashing-stereotypes-in-the-art-world.html IMG 6219 ddf9e

Karen Vidángos has always had a passion for the arts, but as a Latina she rarely saw herself represented in the cultural institutions she visited. So she decided to create an Instagram account to share her own photos, which quickly grew into a collaborative movement of Latinxs in museums all over the country. Her personal account @latinainmuseums and the collaborative @latinxcurated aim to represent Latinxs in the art world, whether as visitors to museums or curators and academics. Karen recently graduated from the George Washington University’s museum studies program and plans to build a career in the arts.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I was born and raised in the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia). I live about 30 minutes outside of D.C. now. My immediate family live in the area as well, although the rest of my family live in La Paz, Bolivia. The last time I went to Bolivia was well over 18 years ago so I am due for a long family reunion where I hope to stay for a month or more. My hobbies are all museum related. I love attending events, talks, and exhibition openings. Outside of that, you can usually find me scheming on my next travel adventure or reading a good book.

What inspired you to start A Latina In Museums?

I had been doing research throughout my two years in graduate school and thinking a lot about the marginalization of brown communities in the museum field, both as a worker and visitor. But what got me started on ALIM was a sudden impulse to see more of myself, really. It was a lazy Saturday morning and I was browsing Instagram looking at all the art accounts I follow and kept seeing the same face over and over. I did not see a single brown girl with dark hair, something I’ve faced my whole life in many other scenarios. At that moment I knew I had to create something, even if just for myself, to showcase my community in the museum spaces I love so much.

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How have people responded to your work?

I have connected with so many amazing people across the U.S. and beyond that I might not have met if not for ALIM. What surprised me the most were the messages from Latinx followers who were happy a platform like mine existed because I expressed some of the same concerns about working in the museum field that they had.

One of the funniest moments on the Instagram account happened the day after the Oscars, when Moonlight received the Academy Award for Best Picture and Viola Davis gave a phenomenal speech for her Oscar win. I created a post that featured four Latina actresses with overlaid text that read, “A Latina Has Never Won The Oscar For Best Actress.” I congratulated both Viola Davis and the Moonlight cast for their amazing Oscar wins and explained that diversity has a long way to go in the arts, including cinema. I posted the image the morning after the Oscars before I went in to the Hirshhorn Museum (where I interned at the time) and by lunch when I looked at my phone, I had over 1,000 notifications. There were arguments in the comments section, a huge jump in engagement, and both Gina Rodriguez and Andrea Navedo liked the post. I was so overwhelmed and excited.

I also got a chance to meet Diane Guerrero who was in D.C. to advocate for an American Latino Museum. When I saw on Facebook that she was in D.C. I dashed out, grabbed an Uber, and headed straight to Capitol Hill to find her and let her know I was excited about her support for the museum. I was able to do just that and get a selfie as well. So now it has become a small, personal goal of mine to get the whole Jane the Virgin cast to follow my account. That would mean everything to me especially since their show is also so significant to breaking Latinx stereotypes.

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What are your wider goals for the movement?

I would like ALIM to become a large community where ideas are shared, questions are asked, guidance is found, and where the museum can become an accessible place for all. The Latinx perspective is such an underrepresented voice in the field and I want to provide that space for the community to discuss and share all things museum related, whether they work in museums or not.

Why do you think representation is so important in the arts?

What is presented to us can shape our views of the world, but presenting a single narrative meant to encompass all is disingenuous to the core mission and purpose of our cultural institutions as educational spaces. Art can mean so many things to so many people but if museum institutions expose their audiences to a very limited selection of artists and themes, then we will only ever be exposed to one side of a story, marginalizing communities that could very well be their biggest supporters.

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Who is your favourite Latina artist? Who inspires you?

I don’t have favorite artists, that is like asking a parent who their favorite child is! But an artist whose oeuvre of over 50 years, I am currently learning more about is Marta Minjuín. She’s a conceptual artist from Argentina who has most recently created a spectacular installation this past summer in Kassel, Germany for Documenta 14. She created a full scale replica of the Parthenon using 100,000 books that had once been banned. She is a brilliant artist with the most fabulous sense of style, too.

Who or what inspires me is not a fixed list. Inspiration can come from so many people and places. Lately though, seeing other Latinas succeed has been the biggest inspiration for me to continue pursuing my own dreams. I have absolutely loved seeing the success of Erika Sánchez’s book, “I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter,” for example.

How do you feel as a Latina in the U.S. right now, given the current political situation?

I am trying to remain strong and not let the political environment derail my ambitions. I know that tensions are high and that there are segments of my community that are facing real threats, be it the dismantling of DACA or racial discrimination. There are so many social issues that demand our attention from gender inequality to education to police brutality, and our cultural institutions have a responsibility to be part of that conversation and not hide from it. All of these social issues are as important for me in my personal life as they are in the context of the arts and I hope that by addressing the inequality current in our cultural institutions, and helping lift Latinx voices in museum spaces, that the gap between the two can begin to close.

Read more about Karen's work on her blog or follow her on Instagram.

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mollysgmcl@gmail.com (Molly McLaughlin) Arts Tue, 31 Oct 2017 16:37:21 -0400
BUST's "Poptarts" Podcast Falls for Kembra Pfahler! http://bust.com/arts/193715-bust-s-poptarts-podcast-falls-for-kembra-pfahler.html http://bust.com/arts/193715-bust-s-poptarts-podcast-falls-for-kembra-pfahler.html Kembra 2e506

Poptarts is a twice-monthly podcast hosted by BUST Magazine editors Emily Rems and Callie Watts that celebrates women in pop culture. The first half of each episode is devoted to a hot topic in entertainment, and in the second half, a segment called "Whatcha Watchin'?," Callie and Emily dig into all the shows, movies, books, music, videos, and podcasts they've enjoyed since the last episode, and either praise or pan each experience.

The latest episode features an interview with feminist performance art legend Kembra Pfahler! Through her glam punk band The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, she has been presenting her work since the late 1980s in museums, galleries, and clubs all over the world. And on October 30, famed NYC venue The Kitchen will be celebrating her career with a film presentation and live performance that traces her from her beginnings through to the present day. Here, she talks with Callie and Emily about art, activism, and staying true to herself.

Check out every episode of Poptarts on iTunes for free, and don't forget to rate and review!

This podcast was produced for BUST by Rachel Withers.

emilyrems@bust.com (Emily Rems) Arts Thu, 26 Oct 2017 11:47:25 -0400
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"Vampira is dripping blood and joy. Her face dripping carnage, her robes splattered, and her hands distorted, as she leads you into her world where you are digested into a world of meditative art."

If that was the first paragraph of any pre-Halloween read, we would have been ready to settle into our reading nooks all weekend. But when it turns out to be the invitation to a Saturday night in the Bushwick art studio of artist Michael Alan, featuring artist Jadda Cat's one-woman performance VAMPIRA (her female interpretation of the cult classic "Vampire," we are gladly jumping on the L train instead! 

Alan's studio will be decorated floor-to-ceiling with over 3000 of Alan's artworks, from childhood drawings to newly made sculptures, paintings, toys and prints. A live projection of a new drawing will be projected onto the walls of the studio, in addition to Dracula videos projected onto Cat's head as she performs. You can come chill, watch, take photos, draw and make new friends — or, you know, just immerse yourself in some spooky art in the company of She–Devils for one night, to get in the right  mood for Halloween.

Saturday October 14th
Where: Private studio at the corner of Johnson Ave and Stewart Ave in Bushwick, NY (Jefferson Stop off the L train)
7pm-9pm / 9pm-11pm


Buy tickets HERE

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Top photo courtesy Michael Alan /Jadda Cat.  Second photo is by Kristy C (@kristycnyc)


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brohman.amanda@gmail.com (Amanda Brohman) Arts Tue, 10 Oct 2017 17:55:58 -0400
Brooklyn Library Presents "Genderful!", A Creative Space For Kids To Explore Gender http://bust.com/arts/193597-brooklyn-library-presents-genderful-a-creative-space-for-kids-to-explore-gender.html http://bust.com/arts/193597-brooklyn-library-presents-genderful-a-creative-space-for-kids-to-explore-gender.html genderful bk calendar 800 600 7f635

This Saturday October 14th at noon, Brooklyn Public Library and If You Want It are hosting Genderful!, an event that creates a space for kids ages 6-12 and their caregivers to learn about gender through a variety of activities and performances.

Genderful! will feature:

  • Kid-friendly set by Laura Jane Grace, a transgender musician best known as the founder, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of punk rock band Against Me!
  • Workshop with performance artist ray ferreira & the Octavia Project, which empowers girls and non-gender conforming youth through science fiction
  • Mad-Lib style storytelling with Harvey Katz, a spoken word poet and youth mentor
  • Curated kids reading corner
  • Hands-on collaborative zine making
  • Resource fair with Anti-Violence Project, Brooklyn Community Pride Center, Hetrick-Martin Institute, & Sylvia Rivera Law Project
  • Photobooth
  • If You Want It kids’ merch

It's never to early to encourage kids to be themselves, and this space will be a welcoming, fun and safe place to explore complicated and nuanced ideas about what gender means (or doesn't) in 2017. Through inspiring role models and hands-on learning, kids and their caregivers can work towards self-acceptance and acceptance of others, something we all could do with in our lives right now.

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More information can be found here.

Image credit: Mary Shyne

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mollysgmcl@gmail.com (Molly McLaughlin) Arts Wed, 11 Oct 2017 12:03:04 -0400
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San Francisco-based photographer Jenny Sampson spent seven years making tintype portraits of West Coast skaters, bringing a portable darkroom to skate parks in California, Oregon and Washington — and now she's ready to share them with the world with her book Skaters: Tintype Portraits of West Coast Skateboarders (Daylight), out today, October 10. In an introduction, Sampson explains her fascination with skate culture:

That skaters view the world through a unique and uniquely revelatory lens is no secret. Where civilians see safety—a handrail, a wheelchair ramp—skaters see opportunity. What others view as unsightly— drainage ditches, condemned motels and their stagnant pools of brown scum-skimmed water—skaters seek out. We will drive for hours just hoping the spot hasn’t been dozed; we’ll bring brooms and buckets, torches and tents, and bags of concrete. What everyone else takes for granted—empty parking lots, the transitioned planter outside a bank, a freshly painted curb, a Dumpster beside a loading dock—skaters notice immediately. Where the rest of the world sees limits and nastiness and the bland burden of suburban life, we see possibility; we see an invitation to construct something out of air and movement, a structure at once ephemeral and everlasting.

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We're excited to share a selection of Sampson's captivating images with you:

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Images copyright © Jenny Sampson from the book: SKATERS: TINTYPE PORTRAITS OF WEST COAST SKATEBOARDERS, PHOTOGRAPHS BY JENNY SAMPSON Published by Daylight Books


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erikawsmith@bust.com (Erika W. Smith) Arts Tue, 10 Oct 2017 12:07:20 -0400
Meet The Badass Latina Artists Behind The New Latin Wave http://bust.com/arts/193559-meet-the-badass-latina-artists-behind-the-new-latin-wave.html http://bust.com/arts/193559-meet-the-badass-latina-artists-behind-the-new-latin-wave.html NLW MusicaAngelica Negron 4a339

Latinx artists have always been an integral part of the broader culture of the United States of America. From the influence of Shakira and Sandra Cisneros, to Gina Rodriguez and Lin-Manuel Miranda, the cultural diversity of musicians, authors, actors and visual artists with Latin heritage is staggering and often underappreciated. Of course, Latin culture is as amorphorous and dynamic as the people within it, and the New Latin Wave festival in Brooklyn is aiming to bring contemporary Latinx creativity to a wider audience. 

New Latin Wave is a multidisciplinary event that creates a platform for performers, writers, and artists to contribute to the dialogue about Latin indentity and contributions in the U.S. Now in its second year, New Latin Wave will take over Brooklyn Bazaar in Greenpoint on Sunday, October 22, for a day of art and ideas featuring a book and zine fair, a juried video art show, a mini-film fest and a concert. The curators and artists involved come from a variety of backgrounds, but are united by the goal of sharing what's happening in the Latin cultural scene both within the Latinx community and with wider New York audiences. 

Angélica Negrón

Composer and multi-instrumentalist Angélica Negrón was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and is currently based in Brooklyn. A longtime member of the Puerto Rican underground music scene, Angélica is part of the indie electro-acoustic pop band Balún where she sings and plays the accordion and keyboards. She writes music for accordions, robotic instruments, toys and electronics as well as chamber ensembles and orchestras and is "interested in creating intricate yet simple narratives that evoke intangible moments in time." 

Rocío Aranda-Alvarado

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Rocío Aranda-Alvarado is one of the curators of New Latin Wave. She is most well known for her role as curator at El Museo del Barrio, where she has been organizing exhibitions since 2010. She is currently working on an exhibition about the persistence of Mesoamerican imagery in contemporary art, and her work and research focuses on contemporary art and modern and contemporary art of the Americas.

Melissa Orozco Salazar

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Melissa Orozco Salazar was born and raised in Mexico City, and she uses art as a means of transformation and social change. She co-founded Escenaconsejo, an arts company that creates multimedia questions. Her digital installation artwork, Moren@s, will be featured at New Latin Wave, and explores the significance of skin color within the Latin community. 

"Remember the 'color carne' that we used to color the skin of every person on paper? <>Even ourselves? Did it reflect our latin@s skin?" she asks. "In a society where we are still being divided by the importance it has given to color, where it only wants to acknowledge people with certain physical appearance and where there’s an underrepresentation of multidimensional Latin@s; it’s very important to accept ourselves, celebrate our heritage and take pride in our skin color. Moren@s is a digital installation that helps you distinguish your skin color in RGB and HSB value, so that you’ll be able to use your true color in any way you want."

Margot Terc 

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Margot Terc is a Dominican-born, Bronx-raised writer and artist who creates to process her feelings. Her zine, Soft Hearts Be Knowing, is part of the New Latin Wave Zine Fair.

"Much of my work is focused on heart feels, the sad waves, and the need to use my creativity (and everything else I have) to live a life that resonates with me," she explains. "I know that taking care of myself and my own is an act of resistance and love, and now more than ever I determined to create and build spaces to support our fire and wellbeing."

Steph Guez

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Steph Guez grew up in the Bronx and currently lives in Brooklyn. She makes autobiographical comics that deal with themes like growing up Latina in NYC, dealing with anxiety and slut-shaming. Her comics blur the lines between comedic and tragic nostalgia. 

Yeiry Guevara

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Yeiry Guevara is a Salvadoran/Texan writer, translator and non-profit consultant curently living in NYC. Her zine, The Savior, is filled with writing and images where memory and family intersect in El Salvador.


These artists, plus many more, will be showcasing their work at the New Latin Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Bazaar on Sunday October 22. Find out more about New Latin Wave here.

Top photo: Angelica Negron

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