Tortilla Social, Visual Art Exhibition Made with a Tortilla Press, Debuts Dec. 8th

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There will be opening reception and documentary screening for Tortilla Social, a visual art exhibition created by using a tortilla press, by Jamaica Plain artist Salvador Jimenez-Flores at Urbano Project in Jamaica Plain on Dec. 8th.

Throughout the fall, Salvador Jiménez-Flores held public print-making workshops at both Hyde Square Task Force and The Urbano Project in Jamaica Plain, created on a self-made multi-functional tortilla press.

Tortilla Social is an interactive printmaking and food workshop using a multi-functional tortilla press designed and led by Urbano Artist-in-Residence and NEFA Creative City Artist Salvador Jiménez-Flores. Transforming public spaces through the use of printmaking, the project is a tool for self-expression, advocacy and art education, creating community through the sharing of food and art.

The centerpiece of the project is a small, wooden mobile printing press made by the artist that is reminiscent of a tortilla press. Led by Jiménez-Flores in partnership with the Urbano Project, Tortilla Social utilized conventional and unconventional spaces for art and food throughout several Boston neighborhoods for a series of pop-up, interactive printmaking and food workshops. For the past couple of months, participants of all ages have had the opportunity to use the tortilla press to make their own art prints, and to eat freshly made tortillas, while learning a variety of printmaking techniques, experiencing gastronomical adventures, and connecting with other members of the community. The prints created during these workshops will be on view in the Urbano Project exhibition.

Jiménez-Flores, originally from Mexico but now based in Boston, sees his bicultural and bilingual identity as an opportunity to inhabit two different worlds. The challenge of navigating between these two sides of himself is often the subject of his work, which he uses to document his journey of adapting to life in the U.S.

Prints and t-shirts created by Salvador Jiménez-Flores will be on sale during the run of the exhibition – making great gifts that support art for social change.

The reception is free and open to the public from 6 to 9 pm.

Check out a video of Tortilla Social below: