100 Colorado Creatives: Daniel and Maruca Salazar
#20: Daniel and Maruca Salazar
Daniel and Maruca Salazar are one of the local Latino arts community's reigning power couples; while Daniel grew up here, Maruca emigrated to Denver from her native Veracruz, Mexico, more than thirty years ago. And they've grown right along with that community over the years as visual and media artists, educators and community cheerleaders, bringing an updated mixture of folkloric symbols and colors, cultural references, sly humor and political statement to video screens and gallery walls in the barrio and beyond. Since 2009, Maruca Salazar has served as director of Denver's Museo de las Americas, presenting satisfying shows that swing between ultra-contemporary to fully folkloric; Daniel currently runs his razalas studio and curates Su Teatro's XicanIndie Film Festival.
What does it mean to live deeply embedded within the heartbeat of the 'hood? Daniel and Maruca Salazar shed some light in the following 100CC questionnaire.
Westword:If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?
Daniel Salazar: Netzahualcoyotl, the Toltec poet from the fifteenth century. His work still resonates -- "We are here only to dream, not to stay.." -- but it would be a totally different world and lost=world view. Imagine.
Maruca Salazar: I want to collaborate with Mary Magdalene because as the Mexican saying says, she's not a virgin, but she's a saint.
Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?
DS: Ai Weiwei, the Chinese artist and activist; his work in all mediums is always intriguing and a surprise. He has challenged authoritarian rule with an iconoclastic voice and secured a global platform.
MS: Gabriel Orozco, the voice of the new Latino aesthetic, and he comes from my hometown of Xalapa, Veracruz.
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