GROW was a three day festival put on by @thetheorists @xyzatlas – curated by activist artist Jesus ‘Denver’ Gonzalez @denverartaustin
I was drawn to this powerful concept of the show – celebrating all the Austinites. An experience of homegrown art by emerging, established and unhoused artists supporting unhoused artists. This is something that should happen more in Austin.
We were very moved by hearing the stories of the journey Denver experience since he came to this country. In particular, the many days he slept in hammocks perched under the protection of trees, during his unhoused years from 2009 until August 2021.
Our role in the experience was to shed light on the connection that Denvers has with nature.
It was an amazing experience to be able to project light on the large pillars that surround Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. This is an architectural beauty and I urge y’all to stop by to check out the current exhibition. Or find yourself by the river side trail.
More on @denverartaustin…
Denver Gonzalez is a transitory Mexican American Art Activist curating a three course dinner & art party exploring Austin’s growth. At age four, he crossed the Rio Grande. After 13 years living free under the stars, he’s now a citizen using his voice. For more – check out https://www.fisterra.xyz
Deepest gratitude to Amy and Denver for letting @Jacob and I be part of this beautiful experience.
“Not fragile like a flower, fragile like a bomb…I paint flowers so they will not die.”
– Frida Kahlo
06/03/22 – 06/04/22
Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center | Austin