I created the portrait series in this exhibition with the intention of highlighting everyday Latin people and their history in Minnesota. The social, cultural and economic contributions that Latinas/Latinos/Latinx have made to the state of Minnesota are innumerable. Despite our involvement in all aspects of Minnesota life, our contributions are still not fully recognized. From activists and educators to firefighters and charros we are present in a conjoint effort to be visible.
After moving from Mexico City to the United States, Xavier Tavera learned what it felt like to be part of a subculture – the immigrant community. Subjected to alienation, he transformed the focus of his photographs to share the lives of those who are marginalized. His images offer insight into the diversity of numerous communities and given a voice to those who are often invisible. Tavera has shown his work extensively in the Twin Cities, nation wide, and internationally, including Germany, Scotland, Mexico, Chile, Uruguay and China. His work is part of the collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Plaines Art Museum, Minnesota Museum of American Art, Minnesota History Center, Ramsey County Historical Society and the Weisman Art Museum. He is a recipient of a McKnight fellowship, Jerome Travel award, State Arts Board grants, and a Bronica scholarship.