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Introduction

Hacia La Vida / Towards Life features work by Baltimore-based artist Hoesy Corona and the California artist duo Cog • nate Collective. Each of Mexican descent, the artists’ featured work creates a new framework for understanding the position of the immigrant as deeply optimistic and full of hope.

Hacia la Vida / Towards Life - Exhibitions - Tephra ICA

Image courtesy of Cog•nate Collective

Cog•nate Collective

Cog•nate Collective develops research projects, public interventions, and experimental pedagogical programs in collaboration with communities across the US/Mexico border region.

Since being founded in 2010, their work has interrogated the evolution of the border as it is simultaneously erased by neoliberal economic policies and bolstered through increased militarization –tracing the fallout of this incongruence for migrant communities on either side of the border.

As a result, their inter-disciplinary projects often address issues of citizenship, migration, informal economies, and popular cultural, arguing for understanding the border not as a bifurcating line, but as a region that expands and contracts with the movement of people and objects.

They currently work between Tijuana, MX, Santa Ana, CA and Los Angeles, CA.

Hacia la Vida / Towards Life - Exhibitions - Tephra ICA

Image courtesy of Hoesy Corona

Hoesy Corona

Hoesy Corona (based in the U.S.) is a Queer Latinx artist creating uncategorized and multidisciplinary art spanning installation, performance, and sculpture. His latest installation Terrestrial Caravan (2022) at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD is on view through Aug 2023. He is a current Winston Tabb Special Collections Research Center Public Humanities Fellow 2022-2023 at the Johns Hopkins University's Sheridan Libraries'. Hoesy has exhibited widely in galleries, museums, and public spaces in the United States and internationally including recent solo exhibitions All Roads Lead to Roam (2023) at Eric Dean Gallery at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, IN; Sunset Moonlight (2021) at The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, MD; and Alien Nation (2017), at The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden presented by Transformer in Washington, DC. Hoesy is a former Taf Fellow 2019-2020 in Tulsa, OK and a Halcyon Arts Lab Fellow 2017-2018 in Washington, DC. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including The Nicholson Project artist residency, The Mellon Foundation’s MAP Fund Grant, and the Andy Warhol Foundation’s Grit Fund Grant. His work has been reviewed by The Washington Post, Bmore Art Magazine, and The American Scholar among others. In 2022 he was named the inaugural Restoring Hope, Restoring Trust Artist in Residence 2023 at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, IN. He is a current resident artist at The Creative Alliance in Baltimore, MD. 

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