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Defining Latinx

 

Image result for Marta Chilindron's light-catching sculpture Mobius (2013)
Marta Chilindron “Mobius” (2013)

Latinx, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is a gender-inclusive term used by people “of Latin American descent who do not identify as being of the male or female gender or who simply don’t want to be identified by gender.”

Great resource: https://www.uslaf.org/

Three weeks ago, Merriam-Webster added the word ”Latinx” to the dictionary. This gesture is reflective of the growing acknowledgement of the larger discourse surrounding Latinx identity. Historically, cultural institutions have had difficulty categorizing what Latinx is since it is not traditionally based on a time period or geography. However, many leading art museums in New York are now making a conscious effort to expand their collections into Latinx art and dig into the complexity of what it means to be Latinx. Most recent examples can be seen through Brooklyn Museum’s exhibition ‘Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985’ to the Whitney Museum hosting its “first group show to exclusively feature Latinx emerging artists,” organized by Marcela Guerrero, its first curator to focus on Latinx art.

 

Source: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/d3q5ga/creating-spaces-for-latinx-art-is-a-matter-of-healing-and-survival

https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/latin/8473871/latinx-official-word-dictionary-meaning-and-artists

 

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