"It means that while we have the creative liberty to express our own narratives as we wish, we also hold the responsibility to alter stereotypes and misconceptions, and promote progressive ideologies such as the active inclusivity of Black and LGBTQ communities."
When it comes to how her work impacts her, she said it has allowed her to have a deeper connection "with other Latinx women who resonate with my personal narrative and want to also move past what is traditionally expected of us."
Jadie feels she has a big responsibility in both keeping the heritage alive and finding new ways to “re-represent ourselves as we break down stereotypes and the very precepts and/or concepts that sought to keep us down."
"In retrospect, my work focuses on the conceptualization of prophetic dreams. My paintings employ imagery, symbolism, and concepts related to the divine, to instinct, to human nature, and to what is seen and felt. "
She said it's about speaking differently at work versus at home. "It's to wake up each day knowing that you have to work twice as hard, not only for yourself but also for your mother, your father, your sister, and your family's sacrifices."
For Angely, her inspiration to create her brand Diaspora New York comes from being a Latina from the African Diaspora.
"Living in different worlds while dealing with colorism all at the same time. A relentlessness to fight and make my voice loud and clear. Several moments of weakness and several moments of empowerment. Being a Latinx artist is all of those things and more."
Diego felt that healing and reflecting (through his work) have resulted in him evolving as a person and spirit, thanking those that came before him and the world around him. He added, "I owe it to the world before us."
She added, "Especially being a Latina in the US — our cultural traditions and expectations are growing in completely new ways."
She said utilizing her art to "normalize sex, pleasure, and the empowerment of brown womxn is [her] way of paving new Latinx traditions." She continued, "I feel like I have a responsibility to continue a culture of storytelling."
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