Recontarnos (Rewriting us)

Curated by La Revuelta (Maya Juracán, Renata Alvarez, Jimena Galán Dary, and Christa Krings)

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Recontarnos (Rewriting Us) is a multidisciplinary exhibition of work by Central American women artists that highlights and entwines the lived experiences, perspectives, and shared resiliency of women in the region. Historically, the social narratives of women in Central America have been told from the patriarchal male gaze. This is the first Central American exhibition that features all women artists, and is curated by an all-female and feminist curatorial collective using curaduría comunitaria. This project is a way of owning our own portrayal through the creative autonomy of our storytelling, sharing thoughts and feelings through sorority, tenderness and care; thus the title Rewriting Us.

The selected artworks thread together acts of resistance with depictions of daily life, violence and loss, interpretations of feminisms and the female body, youth and old age, and desired and undesired motherhood, among other topics. Together, they weave our coexistence into the diverse fabric of female identity across the region. The result is a political statement that relies upon and fosters abundant discourse, generating an active conversation between diverse perspectives and experiences displayed in the physical space. We riot by rewriting our own narratives, for we are not merely seeking inclusion, but a conscious transformation of the structures and processes that depict womens' perspectives and experiences.
  • artists:
    Fernanda Alvarado
    Lucy Argueta
    María Fernanda Carlos
    Francela Carrera
    renat castillo
    Colectivo Hapa (Anna Matteucci, Jennifer Karczynski, and Karen Olsen Yu)
    Colectivo Las Hartas (Grettel Méndez Ramírez, Andrea Gómez Jiménez, Michelle Canales Barquero, and Mariela Richmond Vargas)
    Susana Sánchez Carballo
    Lisa De León and Katheryn Patá
    María Adela Díaz
    Elda Figueroa and Djassminn Morales
    Ana Lucía Galicia
    Ana Elizabeth López
    Momo Magallón
    Emma Segura Calderón
    lía vallejo
    Melissa Valverde Gamboa
La Revuelta is a female collective that names and recognizes its members and other women in cultural, political, and social scenes. Its purpose is to retell history under its own terms and experiences by creating intersectional and decentralized spaces. By using art as a tool, it proposes insurrection as a means to recover the spaces and voices that have been silenced throughout history. We aim to strengthen the social fabric by weaving women back into it as if they were strong, different and colorful threads. Members include: Maya Juracán (Activist and Art Curator), Renata Alvarez (Architect and Art Curator), Jimena Galán Dary (Communicator and Investigator), and Christa Krings (Cultural Manager).

Installation Images

Brochure Images

Emma Segura Calderón, Tensiones Trans* (Trans* Tensions), 2020, Hand embroidered soft sculptures using the artist's hair as thread and natural cochinilla and tea dye on cotton fabric, 31½ x 8¼ x 11¼ in.

Francela Carrera, La Revolución somos nosotras, 2020, Hand embroidery on white tablecloth, 15¾ x 15¾ in.

renat castillo, cara/cor, 2020, Video performance, 2:58 min (still).

María Adela Díaz, We Can't Breath, 2020, Performance documentation (still), Dimensions variable

Ana Lucía Galicia, Margarita, 2018-ongoing, Digital Photograph, Dimensions variable.

Colectivo Las Hartas, Acción performática del 8M (Armed Women), 2020, Performance documentation (photography), Dimensions variable

apexart’s program supporters past and present include the National Endowment for the Arts, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Kettering Family Foundation, the Buhl Foundation, The Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Spencer Brownstone, the Kenneth A. Cowin Foundation, Epstein Teicher Philanthropies, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., William Talbott Hillman Foundation/Affirmation Arts Fund, the Fifth Floor Foundation, the Consulate General of Israel in New York, The Puffin Foundation, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and administered by LMCC, funds from NYSCA Electronic Media/Film in Partnership with Wave Farm: Media Arts Assistance Fund, with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, as well as the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.