|Angelica Gomez, Evening Task
Centro Cultúral Aztlán's Galeria Expresión presents a strong variety of what Latin pop culture has been shoving in our face for years: cleavage.
Between the mixed media of oil, paint, pastels, and photography, the young Latina artists showcased in the group exhibit, "Latinas: El Nuevo Movimiento," are focused on saying "I am what I am, and not what the media says I should be."
Artist Celeste De Luna's Fajas Deluxe is an image of two female backsides squeezed into an "as seen on TV" product that screams "Levantan Los Glutos Y Aplanan Le Barriga" (lift your butt and flatten your belly). It's the miracle girdle for Mexican women ashamed of their cultural curves. De Luna's mission is to paint how society has labeled the Latina body as a commodity to be viewed, bought, and sold for the right-sized diamond. Thanks J. Lo.
| LATINAS: EL NUEVO MOVIMENTO
Through August 1
Centro Cultúral Aztlán
803 Castroville Rd. Ste. 402
|Ruth Buentello, Madre
The Latinas in Centro Cultúral Aztlán's exhibit use their intelligence and artistic ability to get their own message across: Latinas are just like all women. They want to be seen, heard, and respected for all of what they are, not just their cleavage.
Artist Gabriela Ortegon' wins the "artista feminista award." Her words alongside her painting of a woman cutting off her nipple and staring at it with a pair of scissors in her hand says it all: "It's not important to me if I cut off my breast, I still have my brain. Physical appearance is not as important as mental ability." •