The 49507 Project is a POC-LGBTQ and youth-led project, rooted in collaboration, that teaches art and event organizing, and commissions community art for and by people of color in the 49507 neighborhood.

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Can Community Outreach Be Organic?

Can we use art to further activate neighbors, shift power dynamics in historically underserved areas, and more importantly, change the narrative?

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The 49507 Project: Hugo Claudin

Project 49507 is a POC-LGBTQ and youth-led project, rooted in collaboration, that teaches art and event organizing, and commissions community art for and by people of color in the 49507 neighborhood.

Can Community Outreach Be Organic?

Can we use art to further activate neighbors, shift power dynamics in historically underserved areas, and more importantly, change the narrative?

Can we plant seeds that will bloom into the south side becoming a Multicultural Arts District?

Hugo Claudin

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About Hugo Claudin

Hugo Claudin is a multidisciplinary artist- curator living on The Avenue of The Arts where he lives in his loft otherwise known as Méxicains Sans Frontiéres and award-winning alternative art space.

Claudin studied Fine Arts and Illustration at Kendal College of Art and Design. He later became involved in curating an avant -jazz series which he did at various locations around town eventually settling down in his loft. 

Claudin first gained national attention when he was invited to show at Judith Huacuja’s Survey of Latin American Artists in the Midwest at the University of Dayton, Ohio in 2006, and more recently at the UICA (Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts) Pulso: Arte de Las Americas/Art of the Americas in 2013. In 2019 Claudin was voted Second Place for Visual Artist in Grand Rapids by readers of Revue Magazine.

For the last 20 years he has been working on a series of paintings and photographs titled Women on the Verge of Kicking your Ass works that depict women in Mexican Wrestling Masks

As a love letter/exorcism of a romantic relationship exploring issues of power and dominance. 

More recently Claudin has been preoccupied with public space, public art and the relationships of power and representation, the examined life, pleasure activism, and liberated art spaces.

 Currently he is a fellow at the National Equity Program 2020-2021, a Board Member of the UICA and the Latino Community Coalition.

Liberation

I moved here from Guadalajara Mexico in 1980 to study at Kendal College of Art and Design.

I think of liberation from a Marxist lens, I am inspired by the Zapatistas and Black Panther Party.

I also use ideas from the Rights to the City and the Situationist Artist Movement.

I wear many hats, I am an artist, photographer, painter, curator and play music in Les Creatif (drums and percussion) and the leader of the South Division All-Stars. I have been involved in the GR music and downtown scene for over 30 years.

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