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The Resistance of the Hybrid Cacti La resistencia de los nopales híbridos

Salvador Jiménez-Flores's avatar Salvador Jiménez-Flores

The Resistance of the Hybrid Cacti is an exploration of the themes of colonialism, migration, identity and futurism. The cacti is a resilient plant that can survive extreme weather conditions metaphorically I see this succulents as the hope for our future. My latest research is about developing a Rascuache-Futuristic aesthetics in my work. All over the world, including the United States, we still identify people by physical appearance, and the residue of colonial labels still remain. As an artist of color, I might be forced to identify with one, many, or none of the labels assigned to me, such as Latino, Chicano, American, etc. The act of resistance to who we are starts when we fight against those who try to stop us from being what we can become. Through art, I seek to resist the labels put upon me and other people of color by reimagining what an alternative future could look like. Through mainstream media and in most sci-fi content, the future is generally imagined as white. People of color have been erased from the future all together. My latest research is about exploring and developing a Rascuache-Futuristic aesthetic in my artwork where I could articulate pre-Columbian, colonial, and post-colonial histories. This would allow me to imagine and create a future where the protagonist looks like me, understands me, and others can relate as well.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 8ft
  • Medium: Ceramics
  • Width: 8ft
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 8ft