The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Resource Center presents "Que Feo," How Ugly. The exhibition runs Friday, April 8-Friday, May 27. The opening reception is April 8, 4-7 p.m., with a poetry reading by Elaine Soto at 5:30 p.m.
The exhibit, produced by Vistas Latinas and curated by Regina Araujo Corritore and Elaine Soto, is a smaller version of the exhibit held at 105 Gallery in March. Araujo Corritore is an art instructor at UNM-Valencia. Soto is a psychologist at UNM in the employee assistance program, CARS. In addition to counseling, she leads Expressive Art workshops for faculty and staff.
"Que Feo" showcases the views of women and people of color regarding what they see as ugly. The theme encompasses many possibilities for artistic expression, including the ugliness of addictions and the cyclical nature of violence depicted in the performance art of UNM theater graduate student Riti Sachdeva and the painting "No Mas" by Soto, which uses actual drug paraphernalia.
Sylvia Ortiz Domney's painting on paper speaks of the destructive and tragic as it is linked to the economic structure humans have developed. Justine Ortiz works with the concept of how we classify monsters and demons as malignant or benign forces in her performance and paintings. Miriam Hernandez challenges the stereotypes of beauty as representative of good while images of death and natural decay are seen as ugly. Lia Moldovan creates photographs depicting historical trauma and the consequences on the human body of what we do not acknowledge.
Another aspect of this theme is how racism is used to target people as inferior or ugly to justify disregarding or bombing them, as depicted in the prints and sculpture of Araujo Corritore. She and Reducinda, Santana and Haven Avila address global concerns like femicide. The latter created dioramas dealing with how we perceive female beauty.
The exhibit and the LGBTQ Resource Center are open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (505) 247-2076.