Exhibit: Our Path/Nuestro Camino: A Latinx Art Exhibit

Visit the Third Floor Gallery at Harold Washington Library Center to see Our Path/Nuestro Camino, an exhibit featuring artworks by Latinx artists. In collaboration with the Latinx Services Committee, this exhibit explores the journey that speaks to the individual yet also unites a people aesthetically and culturally.

The selected works depict the ever-expanding vastness of “Our Path,” including intergalactic travelers, folklore reimagined and figures on the cusp of transition. As you view the exhibit, you’re invited to reflect on what it means to be on a path for you individually and your community.

The following artists contributed work for this exhibit:

A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Juan Carlos Baez has been exhibiting in various parts of the United States, Puerto Rico, and other parts of the world since 1991. His fine artwork deals with the surreal, the spiritual and the scientific, mixed with elements of science fiction and pop culture, and combined with an interest in exploring cultural identity and social issues.

Carlos Carmona is a Chicago-based Mexican painter whose life has always been surrounded with art. He grew up watching his dad paint murals at home, surrounded by these works and images from the greatest Hispanic artists like Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. His three pieces in this exhibit are part of a series of 16 paintings, titled Xolo Yo, where he pays homage to his father and the story of the Xoloitzcuintli, a traditional breed of Mexican dog once believed to serve as a guide to the Underworld.

A native of Bogotá, Colombia, Angela Alvarez draws from the currents of expressionism, surrealism, and the rich tapestry of Latin American poetry to weave a poetic language entirely her own. Inspired by the ebb and flow of the natural world, her creations mirror the intricate patterns and rhythms found in the environment.

Marimacha Monarca Press is a queer & trans people of color collective of artists and educators based on the southside of Chicago since 2017. Marimacha Monarca Press provides workshops in printmaking, seed paper making, piñata making, and zine-making as a means of self-publication, communication, and reflection.

Featured members:

  • Marimacha Monarca Press co-founder Sarita Hernández is an arts educator, oral historian, and print/zinemaker from salvadoréxican Califas based in Chicago. They are interested in artistic interventions with the historical archive and imagining alternative forms of social documentation, preservation, and activation of everyday histories, survivals, and resistances. They make queer vegan pies in their DIY artist project @pleasurepies shop, rasquache prints, and sad boi zines.
  • Selva Zafiro Luna is an interdisciplinary artist + educator. Their practice integrates print media, garment design, word + symbol to highlight queer opulence. As an educator they've worked in schools across Chicago for more than a decade. Selva also is co-founder of Marimacha Monarcha Press.
  • Jose Rosa is a queer boricua Graphic Designer, Digital Artist, Screen Printer and DJ who seeks to break the rules of art + design to help build a more equitable space for those who relate with being “the other”. As a creative they create a visual vocabulary by using typography and digital arts as a tool for queer resistance.
  • Chicago Southside-based artist and educator David Escobedo has an eclectic art practice ranging from illustration, graphic design, printmaking, and mask making. Central themes within his work delve into their identity as a queer Latinx and migrant.

Our Path/Nuestro Camino will be on display at Harold Washington Library Center in the Third Floor Exhibit Gallery from October 4, 2023 to February 11, 2024.