"Que Siga La Fiesta: A Celebration of Queer & Trans Resilience In Times Of Crisis."
Almost a year ago, artists Julio Salgado and Chucha Marquez were part of another show called #Xotalicious. Just days after that show, tragedy hit our Queer & Trans People of Color community at Pulse Nightclub. The rest of the world learned about how QTPOC have been terrorized on the daily. What pissed the artists off was that it took a tragic moment for everyone to see the QTPOC community. The goal of this exhibition is to celebrate our QTPOC community while we're alive and thriving!
Julio Salgado is the co-founder of DreamersAdrift.com and project manager for CultureStrike. His status as an undocumented, queer artivist has fueled the contents of his visual art, which depict key individuals and moments of the DREAM Act and migrant rights movement. Undocumented students and allies across the country have used Salgado’s artwork to call attention to the youth-led movement.
His work has been praised by OC Weekly’s Gustavo Arellano, KPCC-FM 89.3’s Multi-American blog and the influential journal ColorLines. In July 2012, Salgado and other undocumented activists joined Jose A. Vargas on the cover of Time Magazine. Salgado graduated from California State Universitiy, Long Beach with a degree in journalism. To see more of his artwork and other collaborations, you can go to juliosalgadoart.com.
Chucha Marquez is a Queer, Chicanx print maker, digital illustrator, and social media whiz. They were born and raised in the San Francisco South Bay Area and is currently based out of Oakland, California. Chucha’s artwork is inspired by current and historical struggles for social justice and liberation, especially within the context of gender and sexuality, immigration, feminism, current events, and solidarity work.
Chucha has a degree in Psychology and Chicanx Studies from UC Davis, with a minor in Art Studio. They are part of Espacia Tercero, a collective of printmaker artivists committed to social change and community action/organizing through the practice of screenprinting.
Exhibition Reception: 6:00PM-9:00PM