Artspeak Radio with Hugo Ximello Salido and Kiki Serna

Artspeak Radio, Wednesday, October 20, 2021, noon – 1pm CST, 90.1fm KKFI Kansas City Community Radio, streaming live audio

Producer/host Maria Vasquez Boyd welcomes artist/activist/filmmaker Hugo Ximello Salido and artist/curator Kiki Serna.

HUGO XIMELLO-SALIDO is a self-taught, Mexican-American artist whose work explores cultural identity, personal identity, communication, connection, and more. Born and raised in Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco, Mexico, Ximello-Salido’s natural creativity and passion for painting stems from a family background full of artists. Upon moving to the United States, initial cultural shocks and difficulty with communication prompted him to begin expressing himself visually and to develop his own style and techniques.

Ximello-Salido’s early work was primarily inspired by the traditions and colors of Mexican culture. Through a fusion of folkloric symbols, old-world history, and contemporary social issues, the artist creates a dialogue about identity and culture that abounds with color and texture. He continues to find inspiration in the intersection of various communities, especially the LGBT community, and strives to convey distinct yet universal perspectives to the viewer through his work.

“As part of my ongoing effort to celebrate and explore Mexican culture through art, I have been greatly inspired by Muxe – one-of-a-kind individuals who are assigned male at birth but grow up to dress and behave in ways traditionally associated with women. While there is some overlap with the transgender community, Muxe exist within a particular cultural context in Oaxaca, Mexico. They are not transgender women, as they don’t identify as women; they identify as Muxe. The Zapotec culture, concentrated in Oaxaca, is dominantly Catholic today and yet accepts Muxe as a vibrant and even necessary part of the community.” …Hugo Ximello-Salido
*Kansas City Museum lecture talk, trailer preview

Hugo Ximello-Salido ~
an artistic approach to Gender Fluidity. Saturday, October 23rd, 11:00 to 11:30 AM and 1:00 to 1:30 PM
*Bose Gallery at the Crossroads Art District
Queer Narrative Festival art exhibit
November -December 2021 at 1922 baltimore ave,kcmo Opening night Friday November 5th. 6-9

* 21c Art Museum. Lecture in November details to come in the following weeks.
*Mid-America LGBTQI Chamber. Big Brothers Big Sisters, trailer preview of MUXE.. in November details to come in the following weeks.
*Chicago viewing in summer 2022, at TAC Chicago and Hyde Park Art Center.
*Amsterdam International Air fair, August 2022, art exhibit.
*2022, Premiers in Kansas City,
*2023 Hugo Gaban gallery opening in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico.

KIKI SERNA-“La Onda” featuring works by Latinx Artsts; Silvia Abisaab, Cesar Lopez, Carlos Ortiz, Rebeka Pech, Kiki Serna, Melissa Guadalupe Wolf

La Onda, a term that translates literally into “The Wave us a Latinx slang term that can stand for the vibe Waves transfer energy-they reflect, shift, bend, and pass around and through obstacles. When two waves meet they join to make a larger wave-these waves can travel many distances even if their point of origin is very small in this way. La Onda finds a home within the characteristics of physical and vibrational waves, using this concept as a visual translation of the Latinx experience. Using the Midwest as a background La Onda migrates from place to place throughout the local KCMO area showcasing different Latinx artists and their work-translating their different narratives and perspectives while also comparing the togetherness of the Latinx experience.

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