From SA to SA
Prolific photography exhibition puts Latinx life in focus for San Antonians
Now is your chance to see more than 200 works from 20 award-winning Latin American and Latinx photographers living in South, Central, and North America taking on the topics of immigration, indigenous realities, aftereffects of the COVID pandemic, and women’s rights.
“From SA to SA: From South America to San Antonio” is an exhibition that demonstrates the power of documentary photography as a direct representation of our realities and as a force of social change.
On display at the Centro de Artes Gallery through December 30, 2023, the exhibition is put on by the City of San Antonio’s Department of Arts & Culture
Curated by San Antonio multi-disciplinary artist and educator Guillermina Zabala, the artworks focus on the interconnected weaving of individual and collective stories depicted in appealing, powerful, and thought-provoking photographic images.
"As an Argentine-American artist and curator, I wanted to bring part of my history and culture to San Antonio,” Zabala says. “With this exhibit I present a glimpse of a wider panorama of sociopolitical and economic realities emerging from Latin America and Latinx communities in the U.S. Through striking imagery and compelling storytelling, I want to invite the audience to immerse themselves in the stories, the places, and the people."
The exhibition features work by Rodrigo Abd, Sara Aliaga, Eliana Aponte, Guillermo Arias, María Paula Avila, Verónica Gabriela Cárdenas, María Eugenia Cerutti, Francisco Cortés, Ana Carolina Fernandes, Mariana Greif, Sáshenka Gutiérrez Valerio, Adeline Lulo, Tamara Merino, Sandro Pereyra, Natacha Pisarenko, Joseph Rodriguez, Jorge Saenz, Claudio Santana, Yvonne Venegas, and Martín Zabala.
“Images are an illuminating component in storytelling and these artists expertly use their cameras to document social change, historical events, and everyday life,” says Department of Arts & Culture executive director Krystal Jones. “At first you may think the photography on display is straightforward, yet when you take a closer look you quickly discover alternative ways of viewing the world through these talented artists’ eyes.”
There will be an Artist Talk on Thursday, October 26, from 6-8 pm, and a virtual option on Wednesday, November 15, from 6-8 pm.
Centro de Artes is free to visit and open to the public Wednesdays through Fridays from 10:30 am-5 pm, plus Saturdays and Sundays from noon- 5 pm. The gallery is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and City holidays.
Located in Historic Market Square, Centro de Artes is dedicated to telling the transnational story of the Latino experience in the U.S. with a focus on San Antonio and South Texas through local and regional art, history, and culture.
For more information, visit sanantonio.gov/arts and follow on social at @getcreativesa, #CentrodeArtesSA, and #FromSAtoSA.