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Beating Hearts queer the Sacred Heart of Jesus to spread the message that love is love everywhere. It is a collection within Vicente's wider Arroz con Popote series. The collection recognizes the humanity, dignity, and existence of queer people everywhere. This is emphasized through the use of flag colors and the naming of each piece.

Vicente drew upon his Catholic upbringing to reinterpret the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which is traditionally depicted as a heart encircled by thorns. In doing so, he infuses a centuries-old symbol with personal and cultural significance, creating an icon symbolic of the queer community's endurance.


Conceived during his artist residency at Silver Art Projects in the World Trade Center, NYC, Beating Hearts promote love, understanding and acceptance, contributing to a more inclusive society. These works are part of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) collection. They have been shown at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, are currently beating at Philadelphia's City Hall through January 12th, and will be shown at NFT.NYC 2024.

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