Unfortunately, there are no places on earth where phallic symbols are absent in public spaces. Patriarchy, much like whiteness and maleness, drown this earth with icons and symbols representing masculinity (the toxic one, that is) and annoyingly remind us all who “allegedly” is the ruler of this world; white men. Gender, as we know it, is a social, political, and cultural construction specifically designed to give men the advantage to say “its just natural that we rule!”
Latin-American artists around the globe have recently been the favorites of curators and museums due to many reasons. One of them may be our current political climate and how democracy in the US and in the world is beginning to crumble. This may act as motivation for Latin American artists to put their grief or their extreme progressive/radical views on display through their art pieces.
The new and radical Latinx art is officially trendy and audiences are obsessed. There have been times before when Latin-American art had skyrocketed due to social politics. For example, interdisciplinary intellectual and renowned performance artist Guillermo Gomez Peña rose to fame after 9/11 happened and people of color were boxed as terrorists all around the globe. His performances became a sensation and intellectuals became trendy. Perhaps this is what artists of all backgrounds feel like right now; a duty to society in order for audiences to wake up and start making a positive change for this world.Read more
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