“Ven Como Seas” Showcases Queer Culture Through The Lens of Latinx Artists

ArtBy 2023-11-02T17:36:29-04:00July 6th, 2023|
  • Photograph by Nori Rasmussen-Martinez

As a photographer, Emily De La Torre has worked on production sets her entire career. As she navigated this world, De La Torre noticed a reality that repeated itself on the sets she visited — she was often the only person and Queer-identifying woman of color.

In response to this reality — and the frustration that came along with it — De La Torre channeled her energy into action: bringing together a community of Latinx creatives to celebrate their queerness.

“Navigating the industry is difficult enough, identifying as female [and then] adding queer to the mix makes it that more challenging. I understand and appreciate that we are in different times and the industry has gotten more progressive, however there’s still been moments when I’m on set and I’m the only queer POC there” says De La Torre.

Originally from Los Angeles, De La Torre, who is of Mexican descent, began taking photographs 10 years ago. Her practice started as a way to express herself in her adolescence, but bloomed into a career working with high profile clients like Coach, Tory Burch, Dazed, HBO, and others.

The show is named “Come As You Are,” which loosely translates to “Ven Como Seas” in Spanish. It includes the works of seven artists (and her own) that center queer identities.

The show will only run for one night on July 6th at the Palm Grove Social in Los Angeles, California. Below we’ve included a selection of some of the works featured in “Come As You Are.”