This past weekend I had the opportunity to connect with my tribe: Latino artists and I have to say it was an empowering and life changing experience for me.
I must admit that before this past weekend, I had no idea what it meant to be a Latino artist in this country. I didn’t realize the power that lies within me because I am a female immigrant very sensitive artist that was born in Mexico, can’t tell you how many times I’ve felt paralyzed by these characteristics and instead of owning them I decided to stay in my corner and do nothing. No more I assure you!
I didn’t know there were all these institutions wanting us to succeed and a vast network of people fighting and resisting with a weapon called art. Can see clearly I was creating my art in a vacuum.
One of the wonderful things about this experience is that they recognized the value of the art that I create, they showed me this new perspective and how I can use my weapon to help communities to heal and to embrace transformation, change and growth.
All I can say now is that I am deeply inspired by all the individuals that I had the opportunity to meet, I am full of curiosity and hungry of connection, wanting to know more about ARTivism (as Rosalia Torres-Weiner would say), wondering where this path is going to take me.
I’ll leave you with some inspiring words of wisdom:
“My mother told me: You are always overflowing with emotion”
“You can’t escape who you are. You have to embrace it”
“I like challenges and to be part of the solution”
“If you don’t tell your own story someone else is going to and is going to say it wrong”
“Just because we are immigrants doesn’t mean we are nothing”