The Art at Strut program has been exhibiting the work of local and international gay or queer artists once a month for over 15 years. It has always been an important part of Magnet. We are excited to announce that for the month of December, we are exhibiting the work of Fabian Echevarria in his show titled “Fotohoto: Latinx and Beyond.”
Fotohoto is a photo series that gets its title from the Spanish words “foto” and “joto,” which translate to “photo” and “faggot” respectively. I want to get the first thing out of the way and address the spelling of the word JOTO that some of you may have noticed. Growing up knowing, forgetting, and relearning Spanish has given me a unique experience as a gay Latinx man. There were instances in my life that I was shamed by others for not speaking Spanish fluently, not being straight enough, not Mexican enough, and being too gay. There is a constant pressure in society to chase the projection of an ideal. The intention of HOTO with an “H” is an acknowledgement of the off-center, nonstandard, “un-label-able” aspects of queer black and brown men, living in America, while also embracing our intercultural differences, shortcomings, and our journey of learning. I want FOTOHOTO to be a reminder of the beauty of ourselves and the perfect “imperfections” that make us who we are.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
My name is Fabian Echevarria, and Fotohoto is an idea that grew into something I believe could be more impactful. I started with photographing my friends, who to me are beautiful. My friend would joke that I was putting the “hoto” in “photo,” which in part inspired the name. I love photographing the nude male, and turning that male gaze so prevalent in art and society, in on itself. When seeing the male nude, what vulnerability is seen, and what does it make the viewer feel about their own body? Our society has engrained in our minds the ideal male form, but I want to expand that. I speak to my QPOC friends, and often the partners they envision finding are not QPOC. This project is meant to embrace the QPOC form, in all the forms we come in. To combat the standard of the idealistic and unrealistic male form. It’s just the beginning. There’s more work to be done, and I hope this work will inspire other QPOC artists to embark on their own journeys to self discovery and self love. Each HOTO in this project is special, we walk our own paths but share a life experience.
The Art Opening starts at 8 PM sharp, and will go until 10 PM. Free drinks and light snacks will be provided.
If you have any questions, please contact our Community Events Organizer Baruch Porras Hernandez at [masked].