¡Ahora! (Now!)

July 14 – August 15, 2017
Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, TX

In its twenty-second installment of the emerging Latinx artist exhibition, YLA 2017 arrives at a time of a complex social-political milieu.  In the U.S., this includes an administration with a vehement focus on the Mexican border, widespread economic inequalities, increased racial tensions, and subsequent hate crimes on the rise.

Within this context, the eight featured artists delve into idiosyncratic negotiations with self, family, and society.  Nansi Guevara, Daniela Cavazos Madrigal, Mark Anthony Martinez, Michael Martinez, Paloma Mayorga, Andrei Rentería, Ashley Mireles and José Villalobos navigate matters of gender restrictions, immigration politics, cultural heritage, and privilege, confronting viewers with prominent issues of the contemporary zeitgeist.



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