Retablo: A Message Of Hope

 From left to right: John Gallegos, Marquell Hicks, and Antonio Martinez. Photo by Laura Marcus-Green
From left to right: John Gallegos, Marquell Hicks, and Antonio Martinez. Photo by Laura Marcus-Green

N’MPower participant, Antonio Martinez, interviews Spanish Colonial artist John Gallegos, in a community engagement project between the Museum of International Folk Art’s Gallery of Conscience exhibit, “Let’s Talk About This: Folk Artists Respond to HIV/AIDS Awareness” and Youth Media Project.  John’s intent behind his retablo, “Imaginar”, which is featured in the exhibit, is to convey a message of hope for HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention.  Through the telling of this story, Antonio reveals his own experience of confronting his sexuality within his family and his faith.

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Static Between Worlds

Acoma_mediumChastity Salvador is torn between two worlds when she catches herself watching television on Acoma Mesa, a spiritual place with no electricity. She discusses this double-edged sword with her friends,and explores how technology and new media will factor into Native lives: by either destroying a past or preserving a future.


l_mediumTattoos have been around for at least 5,300 years. The concept of creating something permanent that one can carry around with them has remained in almost every society. Sara makes a decision to get a tattoo when she is only sixteen. With the support of her father, she gains a sense of empowerment, self-confidence, and a beautiful work of art on her body.

Stand My Ground II

DownloadedFilered_mediumTara and red chili go way back. She began cooking this New Mexican standard dish because her husband loved it. Alongside her recipe for the best chili he ever tasted comes a recollection of sickness, heartache, and loss. In her grief, Tara loses her passion for cooking, but realizes she must stand her ground by taking back what meant the most to her.

Stand My Ground IV

Photo by Shannon Latham
Photo by Shannon Latham

Musician and artist, Paul Wagner lyrically expresses how he wishes he could just simply stand his ground from day to day without getting swept up in the inertia of living. Paul, a student at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design created this piece during his summer internship.