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Ana Teresa Fernández (San Francisco) collaborating with Galería de la Raza (San Francisco)

Award: $40,000 Media Arts Grant awarded in 2009

Presented: February-April 2011

Ana Teresa Fernandez, Galería de la Raza and its artistic director Carolina Ponce de León, along with video and digital media artists Rosario Sotelo, Mónica Enríquez, Geraldine Lozano, and Tania Vlach created La Llorona Unfabled: Stories to (re)tell to little girls, exploring immigration through a multi-faceted installation and cross-generational conversations.  All participating artists were immigrants from Latin America.

The finished work, interpreting the iconic story of La Llorona, incorporated video projections on the Galería’s exterior walls as well a multi-media exhibition inside the gallery. Through regular meetings, the artists exchanged and documented stories and developed themes for the exhibition, and they worked together in Galería’s Media Lab.

Originally from  Tampico, Mexico, Ana Teresa Fernandez creates videos, paintings, drawings, and sculptures employing provocative depictions of her own body to explore border/immigration issues, domestic labor, sexuality, feminism, and gender identity. Founded in 1970, Galería de la Raza promotes public awareness and appreciation of Chicano/Latino art and culture by supporting Latino artists whose works explore contemporary cultural, aesthetic, and social justice issues.