Nela Garzón and Gabriela Magana
About Nela Garzón
Nela Garzón is a multidisciplinary visual artist with a profound interest in exploring foreign media inspired by traditional crafts and cultures from all over the world. Garzón’s art explores the importance of cultural identity and the transgression of acculturation, it encompasses topics such as: colonialism, racism, social injustice, immigration and human behavior amongst others. We encounter in her work hybrid cultures and a mix of traditions and modernism as a critical outcome of ethnocentrism and modern societies. Folk art, handcrafts, beliefs and customs from around the globe are her subject of research and admiration, she adopts and modifies them to send a message about the side effects of globalization and capitalism. Her goal is to create awareness about the importance of ancestral and traditional cultures and to promote pride in minorities as well as embracement towards immigrants and refugees.
*Bio from minkstereo
About Gabriela Magana
Gabriela Magana is an artist, curator and arts leader. She was born in Mexico. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts from the University of St. Thomas and a Master of Arts in Arts Leadership from The University of Houston. In the community, she is a member of the Latinx Initiatives and the Changing Exhibits Committees at the Holocaust Museum Houston. Currently, she is the Executive Assistant and Special Projects Coordinator at Advocates of a Latino Museum of Cultural and Visual Arts & Archive Complex in Houston, Harris County (ALMAAHH) where she is involved in the planning and execution of different engagement initiatives and development of a world-class institution for Latino art. In her artistic and professional practice, she is committed to honoring her heritage, and ancestors, and being a voice for the Latinx experience.