Hoesy Corona posing with art in a gallery
Credit: Courtesy of the Nicholson Project

Mixed-media artist Hoesy Corona spent 2021 as the artist in residence at the Nicholson Project in Southeast D.C. Now his latest works—large-scale fabric prints and sculptures—are on display in the project’s solo exhibit, Wayfaring. A queer, Latinx artist of Mexican decent, Corona is known for creating “otherworldly narratives” centering marginalized peoples, according to his biography. Wayfaring keeps with this theme by focusing on anonymous people attempting to cross man-made borders, alluding to unknown threats and climate crises. As the Nicholson Project notes, viewers are asked to play the role of voyeur in Corona’s exhibit that manages to be colorful and shiny, despite its unsettled subject matter. Nestled in the glittering light, viewers see implications of the journeys many immigrants continue to face. It’s a stark reality, but displayed in compelling colors, hope is present. In “Through and Through,” a person in a purple suit carries their few belongings facing a small fire in a desolate countryside. The hope comes through in the flowers layered in the flowing hair and in the way the person stands, ready to move forward. Along with Wayfaring, the Baltimore-based artist has a companion exhibit, Weathering, on view currently at the Kreeger Museum. Through March 12, with a closing reception that day, at the Nicholson Project, 2310 Nicholson St. SE. Free.

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