AL Galeria is a gallery and a curatorial project based in Brooklyn, our investigation has a focus on the Latino and Latinx identity and the complexities that it entails. We work with artists who identify themselves as Latinos or Latinx and who are based from southern Chile to China, we believe that they are a part of what keeps redefining this identity from a global view. Curated by AL Works
CURRENT EXHIBITIONS AND PROJECTS
In AL Galeria, just like anyone else, we found ways to keep working on showing Latinx contemporary art in covid times. Below are some of the projects we've been working on. We miss you and we hope to be sharing with you more than just virtual spaces soon. For now... Enjoy!
Habitar is a result of the virtual residence that Maria P. Vila does in AL Galeria during the months of April, May, and June 2020 in the middle of a world pandemic and under self-isolation in her apartment.
In this work, Maria gathers memories, experiences, and feelings of people she knows in form of audio messages and editing them together building a collective narrative, that is given to the audience in a series of audio capsules focusing on differents themes like time, motherhood, sexuality, among others.
Vila works around the concept inhabit and how fluid it can be, in a sense that people are responsible to give meaning to this concept as much as the space they're inhabiting, being that space a country, a house, a room, a bed or a body. Personal experiences will be constantly changing how we're inhabiting a place and how that place is perceived after we have been there, forming a symbiotic relationship between the self and the space that is inhabited.
Habitar is a work that is alive, is a process, an ongoing project, audiences are invited and encouraged to be part of it. It's Maria one more intent to explore the collective unconscious, this time in an audio form.
TO THE STREETS
To the Streets was originally going to be an exhibition opening on June 1st, 2020, but this year, with all of its surprises, happened. We felt the urge to start the conversation about the wave of global protests somehow, and that’s how this zine was borne.
Anti-corruption rallies in Lebanon, pro-democracy marches in Hong Kong and Belarus, protests against inequality in Chile, and the Black Lives Matter movement in the U.S., are only a sample of the worldwide demands for political change in this chapter of human history. These nonviolent protests have been the strongest weapon in the fight against authoritarian policies and abusive power, and not only today, but historically, have been the initial source of a paradigm shift. Is that what we’re witnessing? If the act of being on the streets is being heard, will this mean there will be changes made to the established global economic and political system? Of course, we don’t have the answers to that, but yes, it's worth paying attention to what's going on.
This zine is a compilation of illustrated works by eight artists from five different parts of the world, Chile, Hong Kong, Lebanon, Belarus and New York, and aims to take a look at this global movement and communicate to each other, and to the world, that you are not alone.
ARTISTS WE WORK WITH
CAMILA PINO GAY
Screen Print, Ceramics
MARIA P VILA
"Here is what we have to offer you in its most elaborate form, confusion guided by a clear sense of purpose"