We Are Here: Visionaries of Color Transforming the Art World
by Jasmin Hernandez


Profiles and portraits of 50 artists and art entrepreneurs challenging the status quo in the art world.

Confidently curated by Jasmin Hernandez, the dynamic founder of Gallery Gurls, We Are Here presents the bold and nuanced work of Black and Brown visionaries transforming the art world. Centering BIPOC, with a particular focus on queer, trans, nonbinary, and BIWOC, this collection features fifty of the most influential voices in New York, Los Angeles, and beyond. Striking photography of art, creative spaces, materials, and the subjects themselves is paired with intimate interviews that engage with each artist and influencer, delving into their creative process and unpacking how each subject actively works to create a more radically inclusive world across the entire art ecosystem. A celebration of compelling intergenerational creatives making their mark, We Are Here shows a path for all who seek to see themselves in art and culture. 

Contributors include:
UZUMAKI CEPEDA (Los Angeles, CA), Textile Artist
TATYANA FAZLALIZADEH (Brooklyn, NY), Contemporary Artist and Author
HEIN KOH (Brooklyn, NY), Contemporary Artist
HIBA SCHAHBAZ (Brooklyn, NY), Contemporary Artist
MASHONDA TIFRERE (New York, NY), Founder of ArtLeadHER, Curator & Author
TOURMALINE (New York, NY), Filmmaker & Activist
CONNIE FLEMING (New York, NY), Performer, Model, & Fashion Illustrator
DERRICK ADAMS (Brooklyn, NY), Multidisciplinary Artist
TOYIN OJIH ODUTOLA (New York, NY), Contemporary Artist
DEVAN SHIMOYAMA (Pittsburg, PA), Contemporary Artist & Assistant Professor of Art
PATRICK MARTINEZ (Los Angeles, CA), Contemporary Artist
DANNY BAÉZ (New York, NY), MECA Co-Founder / Galleries & External Affairs Director
SHYAMA GOLDEN (Los Angeles, CA), Contemporary Artist
INDIE 184 (New York, NY), Visual Artist
KENNEDY YANKO (Brooklyn, NY), Sculptor
FIRELEI BAEZA (New York, NY + New Haven, CT), Contemporary Artist
MARÍA BERRÍO (New York, NY), Contemporary Artist
LUCIA HIERRO (New York, NY), Contemporary Artist
AYANA EVANS (New York, NY), Performance Artist
NONA FAUSTINE (New York, NY), Photographer & Visual Artist
GABRIEL GARCIA ROMAN (New York, NY), Contemporary Artist & Craftsman
LUNA LUIS ORTIZ (New York, NY), Photographer, Activist & Contemporary Artist
KIA LABEIJA (New York, NY), Photographer & Performance Artist
DEREK FORDJOUR (New York, NY), Contemporary Artist
JAMEA RICHMOND-EDWARDS (Washington D.C.), Contemporary Artist
KT PE BENITO (New York, NY), Contemporary Artist and Programs & Operations Assistant at Queer|Art
JASMINE WAHI (New York, NY), Founder/Co-Director at Project for Empty Space & Independent Curator
LARRY OSSEI-MENSAH (New York, NY) Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator at MOCAD & Co-Founder of ARTNOIR
GABRIELLA SANCHEZ (Los Angeles, CA), Contemporary Artist
GENEVIEVE GAIGNARD (Los Angeles, CA), Contemporary Artist
NAIMA J. KEITH (Los Angeles, CA), Vice President, Education & Public Programs at LACMA
ESSENCE HARDEN (Los Angeles, CA) Independent Curator & Arts Writer
LOLA FLASH (New York, NY), Photographer & Activist
DIYA VIJ (Brooklyn, NY), Associate Curator of Public Programs at the High Line
JOEONNA BELLORADO-SAMUELS (Brooklyn, NY), Director of Jack Shainman Gallery & Founder of We Buy Gold
RICK GARZON (Los Angeles, CA), Founder of Residency Art Gallery
ERIN CHRISTOVALE (Los Angeles, CA), Associate Curator at the Hammer Museum & Co-Founder of Black Radical Imagination
KENTURAH DAVIS (Los Angeles, CA + New Haven, CT + Accra, Ghana), Visual Artist
SAYA WOOLFALK (New York, NY), Contemporary Artist
DAVID ANTONIO CRUZ (Brooklyn, NY + Boston, MA), Painter & Performance Artist
LEGACY RUSSELL (Brooklyn, NY), Associate Curator of Exhibitions at the Studio Museum & Author
RAMIRO GOMEZ (Los Angeles, CA), Contemporary Artist
UNTITLED QUEEN (Brooklyn, NY), Contemporary Artist & Drag Queen
NATALIE KATES (New York, NY), Founder of Style Curator Inc. & LatchKey Gallery
HUGO MCCLOUD (Brooklyn, NY), Contemporary Artist
FELIPE BAEZA (New York, NY + New Haven, CT), Contemporary Artist
SUHALY BAUTISTA-CAROLINA (Brooklyn, NY), Director of Public Programs Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute & Visual Artist
LAUREN ARGENTINA ZELAYA (Brooklyn, NY), Curator & Cultural Producer
MOHAMMED FAYAZ (Brooklyn, NY), Visual Artist
RENEE COX (New York, NY), Photographer, Activist, & Visual Artist