Cafecito Collective presents Where Are You, an exhibition curated by Alicia Inez Guzmán about our changing sense of place in the landscape, featuring Daisy Quezada Ureña, Vicente Telles, Dakota Mace, and Diego Medina.
Historically, the genre of landscape renders land in the west as unpeopled, edenic, and open to expansion. The artists of Where Are You question these tenets, offering more expansive takes on geography, cosmology, and borderland politics. Daisy Quezada Ureña’s installation comprises garments, recreated in ceramics, and fine dirt culled from the U.S.-Mexico border. Vicente Telles’ mixed-media paintings depict landscapes of nopales and desert water jugs slashed like wounds. Dakota Mace’s cyanotypes, and beaded and woven textiles reference Diné thought and the first beings that crossed Dinetah. Diego Medina uses color as a way to map feelings and mythologies as they relate to culture, ancestry, and place.
“In an era when man-made borders are imposed on ancestral trade routes and when legacies of colonialism eclipse non-western understandings of place, the artists of Where Are You offer a rejoinder. They orient us in complicated landscapes both real and otherworldly,” says Guzmán. “Vital Spaces is an incredible community asset and I’m so happy to showcase this important work with their support.”
The exhibition and opening event is organized in conjunction with Cafecito Collective and Vital Spaces. DJ Anjo will be spinning on the ones and twos and there will be snacks and beverages.
The opening event is supported by a grant from the Fulcrum Fund. Gallery hours by appointment only through August 1, 2019.