I have always admired the beautiful works by my talented friend Cesar Conde. So when I was approached by him to do a collaborative Exhibition based on the current social issues we are facing in the US, I was all honored, excited and motivated to help raise awareness through art.
The whole idea started with a solo show by Cesar Conde with myself as a special guest artist exploring the narrative and the current state of our country where as many other immigrants we now call home. The decline of America's state, sliding from greatness to hate. We try to explore the contradiction between the American dream and the reality in current political and social climate. We agreed our message would be more impactful if we make this a Traveling Exhibition and throughout the way try to add more powerful and inspiring voices to the mix.
With that in mind, we started talking in details with Sancturay Church and Cafe in south side Chicago. Everything was going as plan and we were getting ready to celebrate our opening night with all our friends and supporters. But then something unexpected happen and we were told due to some mix understanding with the message of our exhibit, we are not able to host this event at the Sancturay Church and Cafe. We were clearly devastated but you know how they always say when a door opens another one closes, our amazing friend let us host this event at the very last minute as a pop up exhibit at the beautiful Fulton Market Gallery. We started promoting the change of location and the support we got from everyone was just amazing. The fact that the exhibit got cancelled last minute made more noise and Chicagoans as always showed their support. Everything went even better than we hoped for.
We had the second pop up exhibit at Perdue University which also turned out to be another successful exhibit. We are currently looking for more voices to join us, for more amazing locations willing to join this movement and show all that "We are One", that "This is our home" , That "everyone is welcome here" and that "This country is great because of all the immigrants".