Carlos Flores is an installation artist, radical community arts organizer, curator, and flower farmer based in Archer Heights. His work has received recognition from 3Arts, The Field Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, The Luminarts Cultural Foundation, and The Andy Warhol Foundation. Past exhibitions include the Hyde Park Art Center, Heaven Gallery, Mana Contemporary, and the National Museum of Mexican Art. Flores’s visual and organizing practice draws from his experiences growing up as a queer Latinx immigrant on the Southwest Side of Chicago. His work brings viewers face-to-face with issues of environmental racism, displacement, and race by creating space for connection, generation, and care to take place.
“This opportunity will be invaluable to all who converge this year. As an emerging queer arts leader of color, I hope to discuss and form collaborations with other nuevos lideres who are eager to share Brown sabiduria and forge a fully sustainable artist-led culture.”