When Rolando Chang Barrero saw B Amico’s artwork for the first time his jaw dropped. The 17-year-old Dreyfus School of the Arts student is an illustrator and painter. Amico also identifies as genderqueer and uses they/them/their pronouns. Their work depicts the struggle of living with two bodies in one.
“The public might be surprised with the younger artists—what’s going on in their heads,” Barrero said.
Transgender artists, and non-conforming artsts like Amico, are the inspiration behind Barrero’ latest art exhibit, Feminism inFlux, open now through Nov,. 1 at the Compass in Lake Worth.
“We’re giving a platform to those who otherwise don’t have a platform,” Barerro said. “It’ll make them feel more comfortable with the idea that they have a place to show their work.”
Barrero is the curator of Feminism inFlux and owner of Box Gallery in West Palm Beach. He said the idea behind the exhibit was to explore the trans and non-conforming voice.
“You can expect beautiful art work, exquisite music, and outstanding prose … created by artists that reflect their narratives and dialogues like any other professional artist,” Barrero said.
The exhibit features visual art, performance, spoken word, photography, and text by those who identify as trans or non-conforming. It is also the first exhibit to be featured in Compass’ Great Hall Gallery.
Barrero believes the exhibit will expose the public to new and safe dialogues, without political charge.
“This isn’t a political rally, we’re celebrating their art,” he said.
The point of the exhibit, Barrero said, is to showcase their art and allow the artists and performers to empower themselves.
He wanted the art to be more meaningful as, “West Palm Beach puts on a lot of art that isn’t personal to the artist.” In this, the artists lose their voice.
“My curiosity is in what happens to these voices that don’t belong anywhere,” Barrero said.
The art in Feminism inFlux, “has depth and weight, content and context.” Next to every piece will be a label explaining the art, and the pronouns each artist identifies with.
Feminism inFlux is the first installation of what Barrero hopes to be an annual exhibit.
“What I’ve noticed is the voices of trans and non-conforming groups fall through the cracks,” Barrero said. But Feminism inFlux is attempting to change that.
Feminism inFlux runs through November 1 at Compass, 201 N Dixie Hwy in Lake Worth. The exhibit is free to the public. Visit CompassGLCC.com for information on hours of operation.