When we think about culture and family values in a conventional sense, we don’t consider how someone who might fall outside of what’s considered normal might fit into these boxes. This is where artists possess the power to win: reimagining space where tradition says there is none.
The exhibit queers everything from loteria cards to religious imagery, remixing things that Latinx people have grown up seeing on an every day basis.
“We’re already, as a group of brown folks … marginalized,” exhibit curator Erendina A Delgadillo said. “Then there are further levels of marginalization underneath that, so it really feels like it’s time for us to start digging at those layers, things that may feel uncomfortable to talk about personally, within your own family, in your community group … in order to strengthen our marginalized position.”
The exhibit queers everything from loteria cards to religious imagery, remixing things that Latinx people have grown up seeing on an every day basis. Some of the queer Latinx artists include Julio Salgado, Hector Silva, Alma Silva, Ben Cuevas, and Xandra Ibarra. “¡Mírame!” also pays homage to the history of queer Latinx art. Joey Terrill, a gay artist from L.A. included two issues of Homeboy Beautiful, a 1970s zine for queer Chicanos.
Check out some of the art down below.