2019 Harriet Barlow Resident: Juan Fuentes
Juan Fuentes is a cultural activist, artist, teacher, and printmaker who has dedicated his work to supporting and being part of a global movement for social change for over the last forty years. Influenced by the turbulence of the movements for justice in the 1970s, his work has empowered local communities of color, addressed the need for social justice, and highlighted international struggles for liberation
Throughout his career, Fuentes has produced silkscreen prints, linocuts, and relief prints guided by mentors and inspired by Latin American artists. His focus is the figure or portrait as a means to tell a story, elaborating on the human condition, and connecting to a collective humanity. As an elder, he continues to dedicate his art to support his family, neighbors, and community. Concerned especially with the people of the Mexico-United States Border, and with how closing the border will affect the natural elements in our shared environment, Fuentes hopes to take time at BMC to reflect on the changing world, create prints and engage in dialogue with other residents.