How Women Of Color Are Leading NYC’s Art Collectives Moment Nov08

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How Women Of Color Are Leading NYC’s Art Collectives Moment

How Women Of Color Are Leading NYC’s Art Collectives Moment

Angélica Acevedo
2018-11-08T14:00:00.000Z

When you visit an art gallery, what do you see? Do you see yourself in the paintings that hang on the wall? What about when you read poetry or hear it spoken out loud? Do those rhythmic lines resonate with your own story?

If you’re white, chances are you can easily find yourself represented in mainstream art—particularly if you're male. Established artistic institutions have long promoted the work of white artists to the exclusion of all others. And while there are efforts being made to change the white-washing of art at the highest levels, it is also possible to find the work of artists of color if you leave those institutions and enter the world of New York's art collectives, where work created by and for women of color and the queer community predominates.

There are numerous collectives throughout the NYC area that represent different ethnicities, races, and identities and they all have one thing in common: They create a space of artistic expression for their own communities.

We got to speak with some of the women leading four of these collectives—Stephanie Aliaga of the Mujeristas Collective; Zulema Tiburcio and Amelia Smalls of Odiosas, Shydeia Caldwell of Black Girl Magik, and Itzel Alejandra Martínez of Colectiva Cósmica—and asked them what made their creative output so unique.

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