Inventadas is a multimedia exhibition curated by Alondra M. Garza, a 2022-23 Emerging Curators Institute (ECI) Fellow, presented in partnership with Franconia Sculpture Park.

Inventadas features Minnesota-based women, trans, and non-binary Latinx interdisciplinary artists who are addressing issues tied to gender and resistance. The artists include Maria Cristina (Tina) Tavera (she/her), Candida Gonzalez (they/them), Grover Hogan (they/them), Ivonne Yañez (she/her), and Keila Anali Saucedo (they/them). Works presented include textiles, painting, sculpture, installation, writing, performance, printmaking, and video.

Reflecting multifaceted and emotional experiences of being a Latina and non-binary Latine in the United States,  the exhibition is a response to problems derived from sexist macho culture, racism, stereotypes, religion, and homophobia. These responses range from romanticism and humor to unapologetic criticism, all the while showcasing the beauty of Latin culture and identities.

Social practice was a key component of the curatorial process for Inventadas. To quote Garza: “Latinx people heal when we are in a safe community. When we create safe art spaces with our community our work comes alive. We help inspire and teach each other to create more meaningful artwork.”

Beginning a year prior to the presentation of this exhibition, the artists and curator met regularly to engage in dynamic conversations about the work, offer critiques and share feedback with each other; gathering at venues across the Twin Cities including: The Affirmation Space at Public Functionary, NE Sculpture Art and Squirrel Haus Arts. The exhibiting artists also played a collaborative role in the curation; exploring themes, titles, and ways to display work within the Mardag Gallery at Franconia Sculpture Park. This exhibition marks the culmination of Garza’s 2022 fellowship with Emerging Curators Institute.  

Inventadas is made possible through the Emerging Curators Institute fellowship program, with generous support from exhibition partner Franconia Sculpture Park. In moving through the initial year of the fellowship, Garza explored varied approaches to curatorial practices as part of a cohort of Four distinct Fellows. She gained insights on how to make a social practice community-curated project, offered resources to support research and engaged in thoughtful conversations with professional curators. Garza was also provided mentorship; cultivating an amazing relationship with her mentor, Terez Lacovino, Assistant Curator of the Katherine E. Nash Gallery.
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