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Blog: Still Here Todavía Aquí - An Art Exhibit

Manny Becerra as a child

November 2019

Community activist, artist, and incredible person all-around, Felicia T Perez (“Lucha”), recently opened an art exhibit at Holland Project's Serva Pool Gallery titled, Still Here Todavía Aquí.

"I collect all of my medical refuse and use it as the material for mixed media art that attempts to show and tell what it’s like to live a life that is so overwhelmingly surrounded by death" — Felicia T. Perez ("Lucha")

The exhibit, as described in Lucha's own words: "In a reverse Hansel and Gretel strategy, I collect all of my medical refuse and use it as the material for mixed media art that attempts to show and tell what it’s like to live a life that is so overwhelmingly surrounded by death. In short, what is still here when life starts to slip away and transform itself."

Picture of Lucha's art exhibit title on a mirror: Still Here Todavía AquíPicture of Felicia T. Perez ("Lucha") Profile Art Piece

Lucha's exhibit is nothing short of inspiring, creative, a testiment to resilience, and bound to give rise to a mix-of-emotions, both, on personal and societal levels, such as the social safety nets, or the lack thereof for many, like not having reliable access to affordable medical care.

The exhibit was opened during a collaborative event for Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in partnership with the Sylvia Rivera Center for Social Justice (SRC).

Young mariachi band performing in front of an all-ages audience during Día de los Muertos celebration

Lucha's exhibit runs through the first half of November 2019. The opening, on Nov. 2nd, was a free event that featured celebratory food, face painting, and entertainment.

"I play with what is and isn’t real through toys and costumes. I hint and foreshadow how this life story may end and what it will require along the way." — Felicia T. Perez ("Lucha")

Check out Holland's event calendar for more details. Proceeds from art and merchandise benefit both Holland Project and the Sylvia Rivera Center for Social Justice.

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Manny


I am a problem solver: a tech and people leader with a passion and proven track-record in building and leading empathetic, productive teams—remote and on-site—within a continuous learning culture, while championing usable, inclusive digital products and online experiences. I am also a father, advisor, life-long learner, advocate, community builder, and speaker—I am Human. Learn more