Dates: July 20, 2019 – Friday, March 20, 2020.
Galería de la Raza
1470 Valencia Street, San Francisco
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12pm-6pm.
Visit us at our new interim location and check out Caminos Al Andar with exhibtiing artists: Helena Cardona, Paola de la Calle, and Cynthia Escalante.
Meet the Artists
Helena grew up in Presidio, Texas, border with Ojinaga, Chihuahua and completed her Bachelors of Art in Architecture at the University of New Mexico with a minor in Sustainability Studies. Cardona is a recent Master of Architecture graduate from the California College of the Arts. Her thesis research focused on architecture as a political tool for advocacy and it explores the transgression of existing boundaries as a way to lay the seeds for new forms of civic architecture. She was a Galeria de la Raza CCA CONNECTS Fellow where she learned about place-keeping of institutions that protect culture; and to see architecture beyond brick and mortar, but as a human right that advocates for accessible housing, healthcare, education, and financial equity, through the lens and empowerment of Chicanx/Latinx art. Helena is currently working with the Chicana Latina Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes professional and leadership development of Latinas, as the Leadership Institute Program Assistant, as she transitions into a professional position within the architectural field.
Paola de la Calle
Paola de la Calle is a multidisciplinary artist and educator interested in exploring themes of identity and belonging framed by social justice, primarily through printmaking and mixed media works. Her practice holds true to the nature of printmaking as a democratic art practice by her use of everyday materials like a wooden spoon to make multiples and her references to personal, political and historical issues to highlight stories and experiences often ignored or erased. Her academic focus was Sociology which provided her a language to critically engage with issues of identity and social justice. Being introduced to printmaking allowed her to translate this onto a visual platform. Paola uses text in her work to provide context and truth. As an educator, her work is heavily research-based and she uses it as a way to resist, unlearn, educate, and make sense of the world around her. Her artwork honors the resilience of marginalized communities and advocates for a more just world by tackling themes like migration, food justice, U.S imperialism, and gentrification. She creates artworks that are both personal and deliberately political.
Cynthia Escalante is a multidisciplinary designer. Her practice wanders between the boundaries of graphic design and architecture. Her work questions the role of graphic design in physical spaces and at urban scopes. Escalante was born in El Paso, TX and raised in Ciudad Juarez, CHIH, MEX. Ever since 7th grade, she has been crossing the border to pursue a career in the United States. In 2016 she received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Texas Tech University College of Architecture in El Paso. During her studies at Texas Tech, Cynthia began exploring the possibilities of projects that brought closer together the border community. She is currently studying to obtain her MFA in Design/Graphic Design at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, CA. In her projects, she continues to experiment different design possibilities that celebrate and contribute to the unique community of the border.