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Reflecting on the lack of space and agency they possess, Salazar presents queer and immigrant bodies in environments where they can thrive and be safe.
About Moises Salazar
Moises Salazar is a non-binary queer artist from Chicago. Being first generation Mexican American has cemented a conflict within Moises Salazar’s political identity, which is the conceptual focus of their practice. Whether addressing queer or immigrant bodies, their practice is tailored to showcasing the trauma, history, and barriers these people face. Reflecting on the lack of space and agency they possess, Salazar presents queer and immigrant bodies in environments where they can thrive and be safe. The spaces the figures inhabit are colorful, gentle, soft, and safe. The use of glitter, paper mache, and yarn are important in their work because of their cultural and personal value.
The work of Moises Salazar is meant to showcase the trauma, history, and current state that undocumented immigrants and queer folk face. It is by examining the intersections of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, queerness and the history of the United States that Moises Salazar addresses the reality of the barriers that immigrants and queer individuals face with the intention to begin to dismantle the myths and stereotypes used to criminalize and dehumanize them. Salazar’s work has previously been exhibited by HAIR+NAILS in their solo show Ni De Aquí, Ni De Allá (Aug/Sep 2020), and The long Dream at the MCA.
Moises Salazar CV
Bachelors in Fine Art, The School of the Art institute, Chicago, IL
Solo & Two-Person Exhibitions
Ni de aquí, ni de allá, Hair+Nails, Minneapolis, MN (solo)
Forgive me not, Forgive me not, Roots & Culture, Chicago IL
Brillo Putix, Happy Gallery, Chicago IL (solo)
5 Works: Moises Salazar, 5th Floor Office Space, Mana Contemporary
Chicago, Chicago, IL (solo)
Rompiendo Barreras, Casa Calle 20, Chicago IL
Select Group Exhibitions
Shape of an Image,WOAW Gallery, Hong Kong
State of Emergence, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY
Group Sex, Ed. Varie New York, NY
Right Now, Hair+ Nails, Minneapolis, MN
The long Dream, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago IL
myselves, Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Material Intentions, Flaxst Contemporary, Chicago IL
Fair, The New Art Dealers Alliance
Recalentada, Chicago Art Department, Chicago, IL
In Flux: Chicago Artists and Immigration, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
Salon ACME No.8, Salon ACME, Cuidad de Mexico, Mexico
Regarding Sculpture, Savannah Center, Gary, IN
Future Future, Hair+ Nails, Minneapolis, MN
Separation Anxiety, The 5th Floor, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago,IL
Casa, The 5th Floor,University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago,IL
Pink Things Pop Up, AMFM, Chicago Art Department, Chicago,IL
D6 Design + Art #12, Dock 6 Collective, Chicago, IL