Cuentista brings together seven artists that highlight the artist as storyteller through documenting and sharing true accounts of identity, gender, body and place. Approaching from a variety of mediums, each artist carefully documents and explores questions of identity and belonging to tell a story. The stories bear witness to the truth and bring awareness to the issues confronted in the experience.
Danielle Cansino’s paintings feature a reimagined narrative of the ever-popular Mexican game, Loteria, that bring the game into a contemporary conversation with recognizable icons.
Teresita de la Torre’s selection of drawings welcomes the viewer to read the works like journal entries as it shares a two-fold story - one of an unknown immigrant crossing the border and one of her experience wearing their found tattered shirt for 365 days.
Jennifer Ling Datchuk’s photo comes from a series that confronts questions of what makes up the dominant culture, American culture, by referencing a popular catchphrase and trending style aesthetics on an oversized ceramic knuckle ring and a fresh set of acrylic nails, respectively.
Manuel López’s series of black and white line drawings are drawn from his experiences and memories of his environment to create a chic and thoughtful love letter to LA.
Bringing together techniques of printmaking and collage, Álvaro D. Márquez contrasts original areas of LA with areas of displacement using deep, bold colors, shapes and textures.
On the gallery lawn, Sergio Daniel Roleto has constructed a mural with sound that features an image and a looped sound bite from the 1959 film, Inherit The Wind, that looks at how individuals react when their ignorance and integrity is questioned.
Jaklin Romine created a fierce installation using iridescent, sheer fabrics on organic forms featuring photographs of her own body’s trauma from living with SCI.
Cuentista is curated by Lydia Espinoza and is part of the 5th SUR:biennial that takes place across seven venues across the greater Los Angeles area: Cerritos College Art Gallery, Cypress College Art Gallery, Eastside International, Long Beach City College Art Gallery, Rio Hondo College Art Gallery, Social/Public Art Resource Center, and Torrance Art Museum. The SUR:biennial seeks to explore notions of globalization and exchange that take place in the ambiguous geographical, cultural, and artistic borderlands between Los Angeles and “the South,” regardless of the artist’s nationality.