“A pattern, a trace, a portrait: Four Artists from CALA Alliance’s Residency Program” showcases new and existing work by Carolina Aranibar-Fernández, Diana Calderón, Estrella Esquilín and Sam Frésquez. These regional Latinx artists each present discrete installations that weave together universal themes of memory, loss and grief while highlighting issues related to place and the destruction of our natural environment. A pattern, a trace, a portrait highlights the dichotomy between the most intimate histories and the most global concerns.
This exhibition showcases, in part, a partnership between CALA Alliance and ASU Art Museum. CALA Alliance (Celebración Artística de las Américas) is a Latinx arts organization based in Phoenix. CALA Alliance collaborates with artists and arts organizations to nurture artistic talent, focusing on artists from the Latin American diaspora. The organization advances its mission through innovative artist residencies, artist commissions, community workshops, and public programming that position the Metro Phoenix region as a fruitful site that acknowledges and contributes to the promotion of Latinx art throughout the United States.
CALA Alliance and ASU Art Museum work in partnership to achieve their common mission of incubating and accelerating the presence of Latinx art in the United States. Together CALA Alliance and ASUAM promote the exchange of new ideas, perspectives, and experiences among artists, students, and the public through various programs, especially those that educate and inspire the public about the richness of the Latinx cultural heritage.
Image credit: Detail of Carolina Aranibar-Fernández, “El Desplazamiento y Las Flores,” 2021. Tulle, fabric, copper and glass beads, 120 x 60 in. (304.8 x 152.4 cm). Courtesy of the artist and CALA Alliance. Photography by Shaunté Glover.