Image courtesy Yo Soy Collective.

Yo Soy Collective: New Era


This is a research and development project that explores the Latin American diaspora’s impact on the Victorian arts scene. The project will assist in uncovering reasons for the lack of Latin American representation and participation in the wider arts scene, find new approaches to support artists further their creative careers, which may lead to increased representation, and further establish Yo Soy collective as a primary organisation for the development of Latin American contemporary arts.

A major outcome of the project was to develop a website that served as a resource for the community to stay connected through event updates and an artist directory.

Yo Soy worked with Dr. Laura Rodriguez Castro, a research fellow at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, to conduct a thorough research report to capture the Latin American creative experience in Melbourne. The collective also worked with Veronica Pardo to develop a strategic plan and establish governance policies, which will support establishing Yo Soy as a concrete arts and community organisation.

This project was managed by Yo Soy Co-founder Jess Ibacache and Yo Soy Social Media Manager and Member Patty Abalos.

"This project has been incredibly rewarding. We uncovered some really interesting reasons why the Latin American creative community is feeling disconnected and we are now curating programs centred around the findings. We are eternally grateful for the support from MAV, Dr Laura Rodriguez Castro and Veronica Pardo. Thank you for believing in our work." - Jess Ibacache

Presented as part of MAV’s Ahead of the Curve program

Supported by The Victorian Department of Families, Fairness and Housing.