X as Intersection: Writing on Latinx Art

The U.S. Latinx Art Forum (USLAF) is excited to announce the launch of our new digital publishing initiative, “X as Intersection: Writing on Latinx Art.”  This collaboratively curated project will commission and present short-form essays focused on the recipients of the Latinx Artist Fellowship and the ideas that animate their practices. 

“X as Intersection: Writing on Latinx Art” springs from the ideas and aesthetic creativity  of our fellowship recipients. This project is designed to strengthen creative networks by convening writers and bringing them into conversation with artists to produce and present thematic writing on art in a visually-compelling, free digital format. Co-created by USLAF and an invited team of experts, this initiative serves as a dynamic platform for informed and engaged writing across various genres about some of the country’s most exciting visual artists.

CFP: Materiality of Memory

Materiality of Memory curated by Mary M. Thomas is anchored by the work of Christina Fernandez, Lucia Hierro, Carmelita Tropicana, Consuelo Jimenez-Underwood, Vick Quezada, and Mario Ybarra Jr. This collection invites essays that examine the resonances and tensions that emerge when memory, whether individual or collective, is made tangible. By examining works spanning mediums such as weaving, ceramics, performance, photography, sculpture, and installation, it becomes possible to observe how labor, process, migration, and history converge, revealing the generative and radical possibilities of the physical enactment of the ephemeral. Proposals are due by July 3, 2024. To view the full CFP and view details regarding the submission process, please view the full CFP.

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Editorial Board

The project is led by Adriana Zavala, USLAF Executive Director and Mary M. Thomas, USLAF Director of Programs, who have convened an editorial team comprised of Kency Cornejo, Karen Mary Davalos, Elizabeth Ferrer, Tatiana Flores, and Josh T. Franco, who bring expertise in curatorial practice, research and scholarship, archiving and oral history, and art making. 

Each member of the team will curate a single thematic collection, selecting and collaborating with writers to develop short-form essays each exploring the work of one artist in a selected group. Within each collection, the essays will illuminate the diverse and complex undercurrents that the artists address in their work.

Submissions

For each collection, USLAF will issue a Call for Proposals inviting writers to propose an essay about a single artist within the group selected for a given collection. Writers selected to contribute essays will receive an honorarium and guidance from the editorial team. In addition, each essay will receive one round of editorial review and one round of anonymous review. This review process is designed to support writers at universities, but we welcome proposals from writers working outside of academia and at all career stages.