trabaj/ho

October 2019-January 2021
Carnegie Art Museum Studio Gallery
Oxnard, CA
Role: Curator

Trabajo. Trabaho. Work in Spanish and Filipino, share every letter but one. While the meaning of the word remains ingrained in each culture’s history through an apparent shared crossover of language, there is more than what is on the surface of what work has been shared between these communities and the work that still remains.
The Spanish Empire was known as “the empire on which the sun never sets.” The colonial imprint of Spain on both the Philippines and Latin America, have manifested in a way that has allowed both communities to share both a history of work and resilience. 
Both Latinx-American and Filipinx-American communities share the colonial imprint left by the effects of Spanish Colonization. Trabaj/ho aims to highlight how contemporary artists of Latinx and Filipinx descent are decolonizing many of these shared residual systems from Spanish colonization and what these shared experiences mean to them in their contemporary lives in America.

Artists Featured:
Jackie Amezquita, Jaime Bailon, Rosalee Bernabe, Aaron Dadacay, Anna Liza DeLeon, Matt Manalo, Maryrose Cobarrubias Mendoza, Manny Orozco, Gladys Rodriguez, Olguin Tapia, Jennelyn Lonzon Tumalad, and Maria Villote

In partnership with The Oxnard Plain, I self-published an associated Exhibition Catalogue for this exhibition that features an artist interview and essay by local Latinx art historian, Nahui Garcia.

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