Curator Claudia Corletto called artists who identify as Hispanic or Latinx to show their work as a way to highlight how Hispanic and Latinx culture is formed in the United States, and Raleigh specific.
Corletto found her why ten years ago when, the News and Observer ran a front page story titled, "Hispanic DWIs rooted in immigrant's culture". "I decided that day I wouldn't leave North Carolina until I could educate people here on what is a part of 'hispanic' culture and what isn't," said Corletto.
MEZCLA is an exhibition rooted in the principle that Hispanic and Latinx artists play a pivotal role in shaping the narrative of how Hispanic and Latinx culture is formed in the United States.
The show was first presented at the Carrack in Durham, N.C. Corletto states, "It [the exhibit] helped establish a relationships between collectors and artists and built a bridge that can withstand shifting political climates."