Xavier Nuez’s Late Night Graffiti Photography, At The MarinMOCA

Opening January 31st at the MarinMOCA (which is not in Marin, but in Novato, California — go figure) is a photography group show entitled Depth of Perception. The show features dozens of artists, including Sebastian Davila, Dan Van Winkle, and Andrea Land.

The artist I would like to highlight at this moment, however, is Xavier Nuez, who will be showcasing two pieces from his Alleys series. If society has told the public that there’s nothing redeeming about dingy abandoned buildings and dark freeway underpasses, Nuez thinks otherwise. This series features hyper-colored high-contrast nighttime shots of graffiti-covered bridges, industrial waste sites, and overgrown vegetations, in historically downtrodden places such as Detroit and Compton. Nuez sheds light — quite literally — on these dark and dingy places, and he relives his family history of homelessness and experiences with violent street gangs through these visual testaments to his past.


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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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14 years ago

i love your work i got a pick of allet 41 at arts beats and eats but who knows how to contact this artist i have alot of spot that they would love contact me ryan_crownover@yahoo.com

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