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El Chow: Fruto en vaina

  • 3210 Preston St. Houston, TX 77003 United States (map)

El Chow: Fruto en vaina, a group exhibition featuring multidisciplinary and multimedia works from 20 Houston-based artists that share an affinity for Latinx cultural traditions and examine their hybrid mentalities as women and queer people of color. El Chow, the second curatorial initiative spearheaded by curator Maureen Penders, runs from March 24, 2018 - April 6th, 2018, with an opening reception for the public on Saturday, March 24 from 7 PM to 1 AM. There will be artists talks Wednesday March 28th, 2018 and Wednesday April 4th, 2018. El Chow: Fruto en vaina is a participating exhibition in the 2018 FotoFest Biennial.

The presented artists/artworks investigate the complex nature of the emerging Latinx identity through themes of mysticism, immortality, transnational relations, communal healing, representation, visibility, among other topics. For some of the artists in particular, El Chow includes a study of gender and of belonging. These artist’s work operate beyond the confines of the readily accepted social, cultural and gender norms. 

El Chow: Fruto en vaina Exhibiting Artists:

Jessica Alvarenga
Natalia Barrientos
Leticia Contreras
Gabriela Duarte
Chanell Escobar
Theresa Escobedo
Brenda Franco
Tere Garcia
Irene Antonia Diane Reece
Jessica González
Victoria Paige Gonzalez
Yeiry Guevara
Ángel Lartigue
Paty Lennon
Karen Y. Martinez
Arely Peña
Maureen Penders
Isaac Reyes
S Rodriguez
Edna Sandoval

The title, Fruto en vaina, translates to “fruit from a pod.” Rooted in a shared and sweeping Latinx experience, the featured artists simultaneously demonstrate the significance and influence of a common cultural history and heritage as well as the intrinsic value of individuated experiences and the expression of personal perceptions/perspectives.

Earlier Event: December 10
FLATS Presents: FAM
Later Event: July 21