Conexión: Art and Activism in Oaxaca
07/14/2020 - 01/01/2021
This online exhibition, Conexión: Art and Activism in Oaxaca, was envisioned and curated by Tulane students taking the Spring 2020 course “Women, Community and the Arts in Latin America: Oaxaca, Mexico”. Co-taught by Edith Wolfe, Assistant Director of the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, and museum Director Monica Ramirez-Montagut, the class asked how Oaxacan socially-engaged artists and activists address the problems of gender-based violence and discrimination, economic hardship, access to education, family separation and other issues affecting their communities.
The student-curated show Conexión: Art and Activism in Oaxaca documents how community-based projects in San Francisco de Tanivet and central parts of the city are shifting the narratives of human rights and empowerment, female authorship, immigration and childcare in the workplace. Examples cited include the civil society group Oaxaca Consortium for Parliamentary Dialogue and Equity that tracks missing women of the region, among other programs centered on gender equity; El Balcón, a space for children in the region’s largest market that functions as an education space, as a respite from child labor and as living theater; Las Hormigas Bordadoras de Tanivet, a group of women whose embroidered reflections on migration have become a means of economic survival and political resistance; and Guindhá Casa Taller, a community print workshop that creates a physical and social space for female artists.
Conexión: Art and Activism in Oaxaca was organized by thirteen Tulane students: Lenore Alexander, Eric Charles, Lydia Cruz, Grace Donahue, Jasmine Gloria, Caroline Griffis, Marina Hernandez, Zachary Kanzler, Lucia Paternostro, Catherine Prechtel, Claire Skivington, Tamia Toomer, and Gabriella Zimbalist. The project was facilitated by Laura Blereau and Miriam Taylor of Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University, and has been generously supported by the Dorothy Beckemeyer Skau Art and Music Fund at the Newcomb College Institute, Stone Center for Latin American Studies, The Center for Inter-American Policy & Research, the Gender and Sexuality Studies program, the Dean’s office at the School of Liberal Arts, the Center for Engaged Learning & Teaching, the Center for Public Service, and Center for Academic Equity.
For more information, please visit the Conexion website