We had the good fortune of connecting with Hugo Medina and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hugo, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
“¿Rendirme yo? ¡Que se rinda su abuela, carajo!” Colonel Eduardo Abaroa Hidalgo – The Bolivian hero’s response to the invading Chilean army, March 23, 1879 – loosely translated it means “Surrender me? Let your grandmother surrender, damn it!”
It is in line with my family’s affirmation, “Never give up, Never surrender!”
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Artists’ intrinsically political work carries a laudable responsibility for framing and shaping our shared historical narrative. My work is a reaction to current events, a social commentary that is integral to the inclusion of important underrepresented perspectives. I am a natural observer of the working-class and migrant communities around the world, I am inspired by their resilience and hardships. Connecting the commonalities of human struggle which mirror the experiences my family endured migrating to the United States from Bolivia. My work focuses on transcending borders by capturing humanity, rendering complex and sometimes conflicting emotions of individuals striving for better lives throughout the world. I research and explore universal issues of migration and immigration with an eye toward expressing fleeting feelings, moments and states of being that endure the journey and remain in our psyche, molding our identity and impacting generations to come.
The canvas work and the mural work I do falls in line with capturing and sharing these stories. # muralsforsocialchange, #hugosart, #mykidsaremyinspiration
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My children, my wife and my familia, they are the driving force of my work and inspiration.
Kira Olsen Photography