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"#Queergrito"

The Esperanza Peace and Justice Center has a history of bringing together and celebrating diverse communities, be it through art, educational programs, or events. Their new “#Queergrito” exhibit is co-curated, or “queer-ated” by Penny Boyer, Gianna Rendon and Eliza Perez. The exhibit, officially titled “#Queergrito: Esperanza 3.0,” is a “call for current cultural output by LGBTQIA+ artists/cultural workers in response to current sociopolitical crises.” The exhibit will feature art in any medium, with digital media no longer than 20 minutes, and visual art no larger than 24 x 24 inches. As for the title of the exhibit, the Spanish word grito “means yell or shout or call. This yell can be one of celebration, anger, helplessness, etc.,” says Rendon. “A grito also brings up political connotations, like the Grito de Dolores. In this current political situation, we were wondering, what does a queer grito look like?” The hashtag signifies the “conversation between the artists and society, the artists and people who see the exhibit, and the artists and each other,” says Rendon. The inclusion of “Esperanza 3.0” in the title nods to the Esperanza’s 30th anniversary while looking forward to the next 30 years. “The historical portion of the exhibit, one room, is being devoted largely to enlarged headlines from Esperanza’s past 30 years of media representation of queer qulturas,” says Penelope Boyer, co-curator of the show. “Also featured is some anticipated ’80s- and ’90s-era archival digitized VHS documentation of Esperanza exhibitions.”

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