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Closing Reception & Artist Talks for Solo Shows by Sean 9 Lugo & Layqa Nuna Yawar
Sep 28, 2019 @ 7:00 PM - 11:00 PMFree
Please join us THIS SATURDAY NIGHT, September 28th, from 7-11pm for the Closing Reception of our double-header solo exhibitions featuring Layqa Nuna Yawar and Sean 9 Lugo.
The Counter/Public is the space where the subaltern change culture and create counter narratives that uplift our voices and fit our own definitions of who we are. The Counter/Public is the switching from English to a private language so you can curse at your boss, to say tenders things to your lover, to express the complexity of your being. The Counter/Public is an internal space for healing, a private realm that deals with our trauma and a strategy of survival against governments that dehumanize and scapegoat our existence. Counter/Public is a collection of new and recent work by Layqa Nuna Yawar that speaks about these truths and exists as a fold to his public mural work. These paintings, drawings and sculptures focus on the artist’s own migrant history in order to speak about a larger communal experience of people of color living in the USA at a time of crisis.
LA LUCHA featuring Sean 9 Lugo:
No stranger to struggle, La Lucha is the most personal body of work to date by Sean 9 Lugo. It delves into what’s really behind the mask, touching on [sensitive] subjects that many are too afraid to admit to. It is the depression we are unable to face; the corners that we grew up on; the uncertainty of where our next meal will come from; the five finger discounts we [sometimes hesitantly] get; and the beat downs that come our way, all of which is worth it in the end due to the love in our lives.
About the Artists:
Layqa Nuna Yawar is a migrant artist, muralist and educator born in Ecuador and based out of Newark, USA. His large scale murals, paintings and projects question injustice, racism and xenophobia, while celebrating cross-cultural identity and migration in order to amplify the silenced narratives of people of color around the Americas and the world.
Sean 9 Lugo describes himself as a brown boy representing the duality of both Latin and American culture and experiences through masks that can either misconceive or stereotype perceptions. His art has a street element, but he does not consider himself a street artist. His images are meticulously done by hand, but he does not consider himself a fine artist. He is self-taught and creates art for himself, not for others. He describes his art as not fine-tuned because struggle and imperfections are the experiences echoed in his work.
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Hope to see you on Saturday!!
Deep Space crew