“There is a thread that weaves, tugs, crosses and connects all Latinx people,” says Ruben Esparza, artist and curator for “Here. There. Everywhere.” “It is a strong, soulful link, which is indelible. Our lineage carries the rhythm of our varied cultures. Some of us are newcomers cutting new paths. Some of us here from centuries of colonization — our Spanish and Portuguese surnames cloaking our indigenous and African heritage. Our history is varied and tumultuous, but through common language we are adding to the American cultural narrative.
"The work presented in this exhibition, 'Here. There. Everywhere,' varies from formal paintings and drawings to photography to experimental work, including soft sculpture, impromptu performance, and culture mash-ups, all from the queer Latinx perspective.
"The artists in this exhibition hail from diverse communities across the United States and beyond, calling California home.
"As Queer Latinx, we have a distinctive point of view. We share in a queer cultural awakening, and we are surging with desire to tell our stories."
Read more about the exhibit and launch party here.