Press Release Entre Lineas

Entre Líneas

Curated by Coka Treviño

Austin Central Library Gallery | 710 W. César Chávez St.

Opening Reception: Thursday, August 29, 7 – 9pm

Exhibition: August 29 – September 28, 2019

Programming: Sunday, September 15, 3 – 4pm | Austin Symphony Orchestra presents works by three 21st Century Female Latin and Hispanic composers in dialog with Entre Líneas.

Entre Líneas celebrates Latin American and National Hispanic Heritage Month, focusing on the women artists of these communities. The exhibition curated by Coka Treviñfeatures the work of Mexican artist María Fernanda Barrero, Venezuelan and Houston-based artist Luisa Duarte, and San Antonio-based artist Jenelle Esparza.

Historically, much of the Hispana and Latina existences and contributions have fallen in between the lines, invisible in the crevices’ shadows. Remaining as one of the most underappreciated and underpaid laborers, Hispanas and Latinas face a wall to overcome to access opportunities that seem to be more readily available to others; especially in the positions of powers and privileges, including the field of arts.

In spite of the undercurrent of discriminations, these women are the backbone of numerous communities, continuously nurturing, weaving , supporting and moving forward with unwavering strength and warmth of humility.

In this exhibition, Treviño explores themes of displacement, labor, belonging, boundaries, fragility, and strength, to honor Latinas’ contributions to communities, and to empower them to claim their spaces. The exhibit asks to remember their influences that shape our society, recognizing our unspoken heroes.

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María Fernanda Barrero is a Mexican artist who lives and works in Monterrey, Mexico. Her work is mainly characterized by the use of white paper, or thread, as well as the use of contained monochrome spaces which include elements of nature and landscape.
She graduated from a Masters in Fine Arts Sculpture by the Slade School of Fine Arts, University College London in 2008 and a Fine Arts Bachelor at the Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico in 2003. She also studied sculpture at Europäisches Kunst Akademie, Germany in 2005 and West Dean College, England in 2005.
She has exhibited widely nationally and internationally including countries such as Mexico, United States, England, Italy, Israel, and Japan. Barrero participated in the Mino Paper Residency (2011) granted by the Japanese government and their exhibition Navigating Light at the Mino Washi Museum, Japan. She obtained the Bernardo Elosúa. Arte A.C. Award Soporte/papel in 2009.

Luisa Duarte is a Houston-based visual artist. A diverse blend of cultures has shaped her ideas and understanding of what constitutes “home”. A vague sense of displacement, and, at times, an underlying yearning to ‘belong,’ has lead the artist to create imaginary spaces that appear to straddle multiple worlds, perspectives and forms all this using a wide range of techniques. Throughout her upbringing in Venezuela, Duarte was widely exposed to contemporary non-figurative art during a time when the Latin American geometrical abstraction, constructivism, and kinetic art movements were at their peak. This aesthetic loosely informed her professional practice as an architect, and currently continues to influence her practice as a visual artist. Luisa Duarte was recently selected as the Artist of the Month at the Museum of Geometric and Madi Art in Dallas; her work was part of the 6th Latino Art Now Conference, The Texas Biennial, among other important national and international exhibitions.

Jenelle Esparza is a South Texas native originally from Corpus Christi, TX. She is a multimedia artist with interdisciplinary practices that include installations in fiber, photography, and sculpture. She received her BFA in photography from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2010 and is co-owner of Presa House Gallery in San Antonio, TX. She was the recipient of the 2015 NALAC (Nat'l Association of Latino Arts and Culture) Artist Grant for her project El Color de la Obra about the interconnected histories of South Texas cotton fields and was the Texas resident artist for the Artpace International AIR in the summer of 2018. She has exhibited nationally and currently works as a Museum Educator at the McNay Art Museum.

Coka Treviño was born and raised in Monterrey, MX. While working at the Museum of Contemporary Arts of Monterrey supporting the Exhibitions department, she fell in love with the art world. She has worked for art galleries, museums, and universities, and has held every position imaginable in the industry, curating being her favorite. After founding The Projecto with Alfredo Rios in 2009, she soon made her move to Austin, where The Projecto hosts Mexican artists and collaborates with local institutions to enable dialogue and community enrichment.

Luisa Duarte