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Published on October 14, 2020

Vick Quezada

Vick Quezada’s projects explore the material histories and consciousness of Indigenous- Latinx hybridity within Western culture. They use a variety of mediums including  sculpture, photography, video, and performances embodying ancient Nahuan rites to simultaneously make the obscured visible. Quezada’s works queer the archaeological. Their artifacts, delineate inherent systems of power and subjectivity in the Americas, while transgressing “official” historical accounts. Quezada’s incorporation of natural elements, such as soil and flora, make reference to Indigenous beliefs that all beings are interconnected; that spirit earth and the cosmology are one.

Vick Quezada is an artist that currently resides in Western Massachusetts they were born on the U.S., Mexico border in El Paso, TX. Historically, Quezada has occupied spaces in the grates where worlds clash, this informs their work and incites the tension that is created as a result. From 2016-17 Quezada was a curatorial fellow at the University Museum of Contemporary Art and worked with Fred Wilson over the course of a year; which led up to the the exhibit Five takes on African Art. Quezada’s work has exhibited at the Nolen: Smith College, and collectively in The Mead Art Museum, The BGSQD, the Living Arts Festival in Tulsa Oklahoma, and recently they were a resident at the Vermont Studio Center. Quezada’s work will be featured in the up and coming issue of Transgender Studies Quarterly, Duke Press 6:4 and the Believer Magazine. Quezada earned a BFA from The University of Texas at El Paso in 2005 and graduated in 2018 with an MFA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

ick Quezada ceramics, cactus, cinder blocks, twine, 26" x 26"