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El Chow: Fruto en vaina (FotoFest 2018 Biennial)

Saturday, March 24
7:00PM - 9:00PM

3210 Preston
Houston, Texas 77003
(281) 639-0252

El Rincon Social presents 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.  On view March 24 – April 6.  Opening reception Saturday, March 24 from 7pm to 1am.

There will be artists talks on Wednesday March 28 and Wednesday April 4.

El Chow, the second curatorial initiative spearheaded by curator Maureen Penders, is a participating exhibition in the FotoFest 2018 Biennial.

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.

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.

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

About the Curator
Maureen Penders is a Salvadoran artist and educator, living and working in Houston. She received her BFA in Photography and Digital Media from the University of Houston.  Maureen is interested in conversations which touch upon a broad range of social aspects which are relevant to her life and experiences, predominantly the systemic, socio-economic inequality in El Salvador. She also works with themes regarding the LGBTQ community and the need for respect to be afforded to its members to ensure equal rights within all societies.

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