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🏳️‍🌈 Love is love, everywhere.

Beating Hearts is part of the Arroz con Popote collection by Mexican artist Vicente Ortiz Cortez.


Arroz con popote is a Mexican phrase synonymous with male homosexuality. Meaning to eat rice pudding through a straw, it is a euphemism used with or without any intention to offend: "He likes arroz con popote." Working with rice and straws, Vicente takes ownership of the phrase to explore contemporary themes through a queer-cultural lens.

Beating Hearts further adopts the colors of various flags, recognizing the humanity, dignity, and existence of queer people everywhere.

His work is in the collections of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the William Way LGBT Community Center in Philadelphia, and The Beach Museum in Alagoas, Brazil, among others. Exhibitions include the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art (CICA) Museum in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. A grant recipient from the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, Vicente conceived Beating Hearts as a 2021-2022 Silver Art Projects Artist-in-Residence at the World Trade Center in New York City.



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