Boom Oaxaca

Boom Oaxaca: Conversaciones

de Campo a Campo

Boom Oaxaca is an invitation to participate in local and transnational conversations around food sovereignty and Indigenous sovereignty as issues that uniquely converge in the Central Valley’s Oaxaqueño community. Boom Oaxaca is guided by the work of Narsiso Martinez and Tlacolulokos, who use self-representation and visibility as an act of political rebellion, and as an autonomous approach to an ownership of culture. Grounded in the context of both Oaxaca and California, these artists create images of often invisibilized spaces, and in turn demand attention and humanize the experiences of their community. This exhibition is not just about representation, but about acknowledging communities that are reimagining their own futures, through art and cultural practices which are deeply rooted in the preservation of history and culture. 


On View

March 4th-August 14th

 Opening Reception March 5th, 2022

5:00-7:00 PM
@ Arte Américas
In Downtown Fresno

Featuring artists Tlacolulokos & Narsiso Martinez

and accompanying artists

For more information about the exhibition and to see our calendar of events please visit 

More About the Artists

Tlacolulokos artist collective is made up of Dario Canul (b. 1986) and Cosijoesa Cernas (b. 1992), both natives of and currently living in Tlacolula, Oaxaca, Mexico. Their works take place on the street and within traditional art spaces, combining different styles from street art to graffiti and screen printing. Through their work, Tlacolulokos offers a reflection of local reality, and the problems and challenges of their place of origin.

Narsiso Martinez (b. 1977), born in Oaxaca and living in Long Beach, paints personal and political landscapes with portraits of farmworkers on reclaimed produce boxes in an attempt to make public the social lifestyles of farmworkers and the economic systems that keep their stories hidden and their lives in danger.

Educator Resources

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Presenting Sponsor

JB Mclatchy Foundation

This exhibition is made possible by a grant from The McClatchy Fresno Arts Endowment of The James B. McClatchy Foundation



Programing Sponsors


james irvine foundation logo  cvcf logo   state center community college district logo  Strategic Industry logo    harris construction logo

Bonner Foundation  |  Victor & Lilia Chavez


fresno state logo     fresno arts council logo


  miguel arias logo  funeria del angel logo



Olivia Muñoz   |  Queriamos Norte Fund

Individual Donors

Jeffrey García

Olivia Muñoz

Curatorial Team

Tony Carranza // Creative Direction & Gallery Management
Lilia Chavez // Project Oversight & Administration
Veronica Chavez // Education Programming Development
Carissa Garcia // Research & Project Development
Yenedit Mendez Avendaño // Research Specialist
Jesus Pelayo // Lead Docent & Educational Programming Assistant