Tu Precensia Cuente (Your Presence Counts)

Álvaro D. Márquez, American





Overall: 21 1/2 × 34 in. (54.6 × 86.4 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Stephen and Constance Spahn '63 Acquisition Fund



Place Made: Los Angeles, United States, North America


21st century

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In response to the 2020 US census count, Álvaro Márquez created a map-based print of the South Bay Los Angeles. With tents and police cars on top of the map calling attention to unhoused people who are often left out of the census count, this print is both a message of empowerment and a call to action regarding homelessness and the policing of public spaces. The Spanish galleons refer to the present-day conceptions of private property and ownership that emerged as a result of colonialism. Inscribing the work with "Your Presence Counts," Márquez also affirms the existence and livelihoods of unhoused people.

A Los Angeles–based visual artist, Márquez was raised in East Salinas, California, a community of migrant farm workers and working-class laborers. He describes his work as exploring questions of social, racial, and gender inequality by bridging "low brow" and "high art."

From the 2022 exhibition A DREAM Deferred: Undocumented Immigrants and the American Dream, A Space for Dialogue 106, curated by Yliana Beck, '22 Conroy Intern

Course History

Art History 5.01, Introduction to Contemporary Art, Mary Coffey and Chad Elias, Winter 2024

Exhibition History

A Space for Dialogue 106, A DREAM Deferred: Undocumented Immigrants and the American Dream, Yliana Beck, Class of 2022, Conroy Intern, Alvin P. Gutman Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, April 30 - June 18, 2022.


Self Help Graphics & Art, Los Angeles, California; sold to present collection, 2022.

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