The Guardian: ‘They don’t come with rules’: David Antonio Cruz celebrates queer chosen families

‘They don’t come with rules’: David Antonio Cruz celebrates queer chosen families

By Veronica Esposito for The Guardian 

August 15, 2023

“Chosen family are the folks that love you undeniably, unconditionally,” artist David Antonio Cruz tells the Guardian. “They don’t come with restrictions or rules.” He’s been thinking about chosen family a lot lately, as his new solo show at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania is all about tracing his steps back to the non-biological family that has nurtured him. When the Children Come Home marks a long overdue return to his hometown, the celebrated artist’s first-ever solo show in the city that raised him.

“It’s very special to have a solo exhibition in Philadelphia,” Cruz said. “Home can mean many things, and sometimes home is challenging. It’s a choice, and coming back meant that I wanted to think about the city and its impact on me. This is where it began, it’s really beautiful.