Eva Mayha Projects
A dimensional platform for cultural and arts productions presented by Eva Mayhabal Davis in collaboration with partners, exhibition spaces and publications. The work evolves while facilitating interconnected conversations with empathy and intention, centering visibility, and nurturing creativity amongst artists and audiences.
At present working virtually from the occupied territory of the Lenni Lenape and Canarsie peoples, Lenapehoking (Brooklyn, New York). Acknowledging our shared ancestors and the responsibility we bear day to day, for our kin and land.
El Salón is a gathering to share ideas, food, conversation, and acknowledgement of presence. This assembly travels and collaborates with various spaces to host forums on contemporary art and cultural topics. Most of the time as a nutritious and soulful potluck. #elsalónpotluck
Each evening contextualizes artists, collectives, creative endeavors, personal journeys and histories. Through curated presentations abstract ideas are considered and expressions of art and culture are shared. The focus is on intersectional art making and responses to socio-political systems and raw cultural exchange.
This is a sustainable practice, environmentally conscious that considers alternate economies such as food justice and resource sharing. As such, through a potluck model we strive to nurture the group with food, knowledge, and ideas.
• potluck • a communal meal to which people bring food to share, offering whatever is available in given circumstances or at a given time. From the word potlatch, a foundational ceremonial gathering of the Haida peoples from the Pacific Northwest of the USA and Canada (See: Potlatch As Pedagogy: Learning Through Ceremony)
Eva Mayhabal Davis (b. Toluca, Mexico) is an arts advocate and curator. She has collaborated on exhibitions at BronxArtSpace, En Foco, Expressiones Cultural Center, MECA International Art Fair, Photoville NYC, Queens Museum, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Ray Gallery, and Smack Mellon. She is a Co-Director at Transmitter, a collaborative curatorial initiative.
She is currently the Intake Paralegal at UnLocal, Inc, a non-profit organization that provides direct immigration legal representation, legal consultations, and community education to New York City’s undocumented immigrant communities.
Davis was born in Mexico, raised in the United States, and studied art history at the University of Washington. She is a founding member of El Salón, a meetup for cultural producers.
Her Mexica Indigenous identity and Mexican (im)migrant narrative informs her work in advocacy for equity and social justice through the arts.
Since 2013, she has managed the Alvin Baltrop Trust, an estate of over 3,000 works and ephemera. She works closely with Third Streaming Strategic Services in production, research, and archival work. Through strategic consultancy that supports nonprofit organizations and foundations working in arts and culture at the intersection of social justice.
From 2016 to 2019, she was the Gallery and Studio Program Manager at Smack Mellon. Through various roles with commercial galleries, nonprofits and in museum education her work is structured by storytelling.
Her writing has been featured in exhibition catalogues and publications such as Foundwork, Arte Fuse, Art Spiel, the Hemispheric Institute’s Cuadernos, Nueva Luz: Photographic Journal, Guggenheim Museum Blog, and Cultureworks Magazine.
She has spoken on her curatorial work at 2020's Art World Conference, Fashion Institute of Technology, AC Institute, Artists Space, Queens Museum, The 8th Floor, NYC Crit Club, Brooklyn College and Queensborough Community College.
She was a Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation Curatorial Fellow at the Bronx Museum of the Arts and is an alum of the No Longer Empty: Curatorial Lab. In 2018, she participated in the Art & Law Program Fellowship, and in 2019 she was a Leadership Advocacy Fellow for the National Association for Latinos in Art and Culture (NALAC) and a NYFA Leadership Boot Camp participant. In 2020, she was an alum from The Art & Cultural Heritage Law Program by the Artistic Freedom Initiative.