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    Curator’s Statement / Kathy Vargas

    Intimates Lives: Work by Ten Contemporary Latina Artists. -- Austin, TX : Women and Their Work Gallery,  1993.

    p. 4-7
    Book/pamphlet article – Essays
    Vargas, Kathy. "Curator’s Statement". In Intimates Lives: Work by Ten Contemporary Latina Artist,. 4-7. Exh. cat., Austin, TX: Women and Their Work Gallery,  1993.
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This document is a curatorial statement by Kathy Vargas, curator of the exhibition, Intimate Lives: Work by Ten Contemporary Latina Artists. Vargas notes the similarity of preoccupations reflected in the exhibition works but stresses the importance of looking beyond similarities; especially, those anticipated by the viewer to focus on differences among the individual artists. She attributes such differences to several factors, including each artist’s character and personal relationship to geography, and with a Latino community. Vargas addresses important thematic concerns reflected in the works in the exhibition. In the realm of religion and spirituality, she highlights the work of artists like Kukuli Velarde (Peru), Connie Arismendi (United States/Chicana), Ester Hernández (United States/Chicana), and Maria Castagliola (Cuba). Contributing artists whose works comment on the prescribed roles of women in contemporary society include Frieda Medín (Puerto Rico) and Maria Brito (Cuba), while Regina Vater (Brazil), Adriana Robles (Colombia), and others, address the problematic relationship between modern humanity and the natural world.


Kathy Vargas is a photographer, writer, and curator based in San Antonio, Texas. The curatorial statement for her exhibition Intimate Lives is an excellent example of her approach to her art and curatorial practices which is to uncover that which is not readily apparent or visible. Instead of only discussing the similarities found within the art of Latina artists, Vargas focuses on her specific choice of artists exemplifying the aesthetic diversity and range of media utilized by contemporary Latina artists, including sculptors, photographers, as well as installation, and video artists. This is also one of the earliest exhibitions to highlight the art of Latina artists nationally, incorporating both United States born and Latin American artists, and to look at gender issues from more varied cultural and deeper personal perspectives.


For the Spanish version of this document see record #820459.

Tere Romo
Chicano Studies Research Center, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA
Courtesy of Kathy Vargas, San Antonio, TX
Courtesy of the archives of Women & Their Work, Austin, TX