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A conversation about the potential of artistic practices to engage with members of the Latin American communities of London!

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"Migration, Belonging & Community Art Practice" is a conversation panel that inaugurates the Hilando Mesas exhibition, a participative project by Venezuelan artists Francisca Sosa Lopez and Daniel Rey. Hilando Mesas is an exploration of home, migration and Latin American identities through the symbolic, social and cultural power of food.

This conversation panel features Venezuelan artists Francisca Sosa Lopez and Daniel Rey in conversation with Naomi Zaragoza, Communities & Cultures Coordinator at Latin American House. The conversation will introduce the Hilando Mesas project outlining the story behind the idea, the objectives and the desired outcomes. The aim is to reflect on the potential of artistic practices to engage with members of the community as active participants instead of passive observers, the ways in which migration influences the creative practice and the challenges and opportunities for artists to stimulate social change and the relevance of community art practices in the present socio historical context of the UK, considering social phenomena such as Brexit.

DATE: 17th August 2022

TIME: 18:30 HRS

LOCATION: 10 Kingsgate Place NW6 4TA


About Francisca Sosa Lopez

Francisca Sosa López is a Venezuelan artist who lives and works in London. In 2015 she received a BA in Fine Arts and a BA in Art History from the University of Colorado, Boulder USA. She later returned home to Caracas until she moved to London to pursue her MFA in painting from the Slade School of Fine Arts (2020). Her practice is focused on painting while exploring materiality and processes as a means of communication. Her work is deeply influenced by her country and the various ongoing crises, specially migration. Looking to showcase what is home for her, Sosa López’s work explores colors and gestures inspired by music and nature. She is the recipient of the Provost Purchase Prize for UCL East, 2020, and the Adrien Carruther’s Award 2020/2021, nominated for the Almacantar Studio Award 2020 and selected as one of Saatchi Art’s Rising Stars 2020.

About Daniel Rey

Daniel Rey (b. 1990) is a Venezuelan visual artist currently living and working in London. He creates figurative paintings, drawings, collaborative projects and video to explore how the notion of home changes and expands for people who have gone through processes of displacement due to natural disasters or authoritarian regimes. Questioning our sense of belonging, our relationship with the built environment and how we deal with borders. Rey is interested in creating a universe to recreate elements of those homes that exist only in the collective memory. His works often incorporate elements of the architectural language, with the potential of intersecting, and also challenging, the limits between art and architecture. He conceives his art practice as an active vehicle for the discussion of the issues that threaten our vulnerable communities in the present, and to engage with current debates about identity, gender, borders and migration.

About Paola Vivas

Paola is a Mexican photographer, born and raised in the south of Mexico. Paola explores her female gaze as an immigrant woman creating social connections exploring beauty, intimacy and representation as a method of self-reflection while embedding herself into projects and becoming more accountable for the work she produces. recent work includes Dior, The telegraph and The British Journal of Photography. Paola is also the founder of Directorio, an independent directory and support network for multidisciplinary Latin American creatives.

About Lucio Martus

Lucio is a multidisciplinary artist who graduated from the University of the Arts London in Interaction Design Arts. With heritage from Argentina and Germany, and born in Barcelona, Lucio is currently based in London where he is focusing his career in Creative Production. With work ranging from Fashion, Film, Photography, Creative Production and many more, he is a creative with experience in a lot of different markets. He can adapt to any situation that a production might require, always thinking in the best interest of the project.

About Naomi Zaragoza

Nao is a Mexican Cultural Producer based in London since 2016. With a BA in Cultural and Art Management and a MA in Fashion Curation, Nao has worked mainly in the museum sector in Mexico and the UK developing community engagement projects and assisting the curation of fashion exhibitions such as Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street (2021). Nao currently works as Communities & Cultures Coordinator at Latin American House, a charity dedicated to improving the lives of Latin Americans in London. She is also Director of Wearers Festival, a non-profit multidisciplinary platform dedicated to exploring and celebrating the meanings of dress among different communities.

About Latin American House

We are a registered charity and company limited by guarantee, and we house one of the oldest Spanish-speaking nurseries in London. We offer legal and social advice in relation to benefits, housing, and employment law, as well as opportunities to acquire life-long skills and a place to meet people, share ideas and enjoy the rich culture of Latin America.

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