Residency for Art & Social Justice

Each fall for twelve years, Harwood’s galleries have featured artists working at the intersections of creative expression and social justice. Over the last four, this annual exhibition has grown to center and resource artists in the design and leadership of community-based projects, with funding and a year long collaboration with the artist and support from Harwood’s core staff. For the occasion of Harwood’s 30th Anniversary, we are further blooming this offering and formally establishing our first official residency program that continues with funding support, a six week exhibition in our galleries and an artist studio at Harwood Art Center.

New Mexico-based artists whose practice is socially/politically engaged were invited to submit project proposals for our inaugural Residency for Art & Social Justice. The seven month program began May 1, 2021 and ends December 1, 2021. The selected artist is receiving:

– A private artist studio at Harwood Art Center to work in for the duration of their 7 month residency
– A six week exhibition in both of our gallery spaces between September 27, 2021 – November 4, 2021
– Representation on our Open Studio online store from June-November
– Project, promotional and professional support from our staff
– A $1000 Artist Honorarium to support their time and creative work
– A $500 Materials Stipend to support their project costs

Martín Wannam (b. 1992, Guatemala) is a visual artist and educator whose work looks critically at the historical, social and political climate of Central America, specifically examining its impact on the queer individual. He uses photography, sculpture, and performance as a tool of iconoclasm for a constant evaluation of systematic structures such as religion, folklore, and white supremacy through a queer lens.

He received his MFA in Photography from the University of New Mexico in Spring 2020, a Diploma in Contemporary photography from La Fototeca (GT) in 2016, and their BA in Graphic Design from the Universidad Rafael Landivar (GT) in 2015. Wannam has exhibited nationally and internationally, including various group and solo shows in Guatemala, The United States, Rotterdam, and Korea. Wannam is the recipient of a Special Mention in the category Serie in PHOTO PRIDE 2020, Fulcrum Fund 516 (2020), Coke Newhall Photo Fellowship (2020), MaryAnn Evans Grant (2019), SPE Student Award for Innovations in Imaging (2018), and Site Scholar (2018-2019). Currently, he resides in Albuquerque, NM working with the Fronteristxs Collective and teaching as an Adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico.

Social Justice Artist in Residence: Martín Wannam

"For this project, I will look at the intersection of imperialism, brownness, and queerness by drawing from my personal experiences. Currently, my research focused on the historical connection between the US and Central America by examining the continuous effect of...

The Residency for Art & Social Justice supports the creation of new, original, and or experimental projects and their culminating public exhibitions. These projects may explore themes of social+ justice and may include artworks in any media; pieces made by individuals and/or collectives; installations by collaboratives and/or community members; etc.

The Residency for Art & Social Justice will culminate in a six week exhibition in both of our gallery spaces between September 27, 2021 – November 4, 2021. The chosen applicant can utilize the residency studio and galleries in whatever way best supports the vision and mission of their project. For example, artists may create an installation in one space and curate a group show in another. Or artists may stage a solo show in one gallery and a community collaborative project in another.

Plates Against Patriarchy (Helen Atkins, Jordyn Bernicke & Monique Rivera) featured artists in 2019
Aún No Escrito / Unwritten: Kemely Gomez, featured artist in 2018