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Constantiner Fellowship Exhibition, Las Otras: (Re)Imaging Queer Latin@s

"Bree & Love, 2012", copyright Lupe Salinas, 2012

Event Date and Time:

November 30, 2012 – January 17, 2013
"Last Otras" is on view from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. weekdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Please note: The University will be closed for winter break December 22, 2012 to January 2, 2013.


Gulf + Western Gallery
721 Broadway, Lobby (rear)
New York, NY 10003

Las Otras. The Others. They are the others of mainstream society, of Latino/a popular culture, of the LGBTQ community and of the female gender. They are a small group that has been largely underrepresented; their identity is an intersection of two distinct and diverse subcultures. They are members of the LGBTQ community. They are or were female. And above all, they are Latin@. Like the @ symbol in Latin@, they are both the 'a' and 'o,' female, male, and all identities in between. Las Otras are Queer Latin@s.

Through a series of naturally lit medium format portraits, Las Otras is a collaboration meant to show the diversity and solidarity of Queer Latin@s. Casual one-on-one portrait sessions in a neutral unadorned environment (my living room) creates a visual thread and equal platform, eliminating the distraction of the private sphere, so what remains is the unique self. Each Latin@ provides personal thoughts and anecdotes about their experiences and struggles that in both the Latino/a culture and the LGBTQ community. By (re)imaging an often disregarded group through collaborative image and text, Las Otras offer insight to (re)think and (re)visualize the Queer Latin@ identity.

Originally from Idaho, Lupe Salinas (Tisch '11) is a New York-based artist who explores themes of home, family, and identity within the Latino/a culture, reflected in her BFA Thesis, Our House On Main. She enjoys meeting people and hearing their stories, seeing photography as the perfect tool to capture and explore such encounters.

Established in 2005, the Leon and Michaela Constantiner fellowship is an award that enables one graduating senior to pursue a project based in New York City. The Constantiner’s are photography collectors interested in supporting promising young artists.