Latinidad, Art, and Activism

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This panel discussion and workshop will explore the history and current state of Latinx Artists and their relationship to activism given the current political climate in the United States. Laura Roulet, a curator who specializes in Latin American art, will explore the history of activism and Latinidad. The event will be followed by artists Violette Bule, Carolina Mayorga and Stephanie Mercedes speaking briefly about their practices and then leading the audience through a series of exercises.


Mediator: Laura Roulet – is an independent curator and writer, specializing in contemporary and Latin American art. She was one of five international curators chosen for the citywide public art project, 5 x 5, a major initiative sponsored by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities in 2012. She has organized exhibitions in Mexico, Puerto Rico and the U.S. including at the Art Museum of the Americas, the Mexican Cultural Institute, Artisphere, Hillyer Art Space, Project 4, Fusebox and the DC Art Center.

Violette Bule – Currently based in Brooklyn, Violette Bule studied at the Escuela Activa de Fotografía in Mexico City and holds a Diploma in General Studies from the Centro Nacional de la Fotografía in Caracas. Her work is present in several private and institutional collections, including the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas. Bule is a founding member of Dismantling The Simulation, a visual arts collective formed in 2014 in response to student protests in Venezuela and engaged in critical dialogue about the country’s polarized political environment

Carolina Mayorga received a BFA in Art and Textiles in Bogotá and a MFA in sculpture from the University of Kansas. Has had one-person exhibitions in Colombia, Mexico, at the University of Kansas and in Washington D.C Mayorga has received several awards in Colombia and the United States. Her work is represented in private and public collections including the Art Museum of the Americas and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C., Andres Institute of Art, NH and Kronan Sculpture Park, Lulea, Sweden.

Stephanie Mercedes – is a Argentinian/American artist who uses public performance art, installation art, and intervention into archives to bring together art and activism. Mercedes has exhibited at the Bronx Museum and (upcoming) Smithsonian. She is a Halcyon Arts Fellow and a Vis Arts Fellow and has received the Open Society Foundation and Light Works Grants. Mercedes exhibits and performs across the Americas.


Stephanie Mercedes is our current Studio Fellow at VisArts. Learn more about Mercedes’ fellowship Luz del Dia.


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