San Antonio based queer and trans artist Saakred has been accepted to study at the Burren College of Art in Ireland for five months and record a new album, but unfortunately, their $18,000 scholarship award doesn’t cover housing, living expenses, or transportation. Saakred has earned some of the remaining costs through an online fundraiser, but in order to cover what is left, they are holding their very first art exhibition at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center on August 7 at 6 pm.
The show, entitled Sad Boy Church: Original Works by Saakred, will serve as both a fundraiser and a celebration of the artist’s departure. The retrospective show will include earlier pieces from Saakred’s childhood, as well as their most recent paintings, drawings, and films. The show will explore the themes of queer Chicanisimo, gender dysphoria, religion, and racist product imagery, among other ideas.
In addition to creating visual art and music, Saakred has dedicated much their time to the advancement of their community. A community organizer at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, Saakred has worked to develop a girls’ empowerment program, fought for the Non Discrimination Ordinance, and managed a cultural preservation project in the city’s historical Westide.
Following the art show, there will be an intimate musical performance at 7 pm. Saakred has proven their value to the San Antonio community through both their art and activism, so be sure to show your support for a deserving and valuable artist’s creative development.
Event information can be found online.