No Borders on Stolen Land / En Tierras Robadas, No Hay Fronteras
International Juried Exhibition / Exposición Internacional con Jurado
October 10, 2020 / 10 de Octubre de 2020
The works in this exhibition are reactions to the attitudes apparent in this country about the “ownership” of property and the resultant license to dominate, displace or decimate people who might disagree with the lawful methods and expressions of ownership.
Contesting the legality is, of course, pointless. Laws are only created to favor the lawmakers. If these laws should somehow benefit anyone else, it is collateral damage.
The two major threads that define this group of work are people and land. “Las Parakatas” showed me the face of humanity that, like the butterflies in the image should not be bound by borders fashioned by inhumanity.
In “Redlining” I sense the inhumanity of denying the blessings of ownership to those who have somehow benefitted from “collateral damage”.
Reading “Paradise”, I felt the expression of a first love for Earth and the subsequent sadness and anger for the willful destruction of the relationship. Like a marriage gone bad.
The greatest benefit to me in selecting the work for this exhibit was in looking closely at, and considering (and researching) the meanings embedded in the works by the contributing Artists. I encourage you to take the time to absorb what you see, and understand.
It will be worth it.
CORAZÓN IN VISUAL ARTS Award Recipient
Las Parakatas (the butterflies). Juana Duran Charicata. Acrylic.
Juana Duran Charicata, based in Chicago and a migrant child from Michoacán, Mexico, depicts the beauty and strength of migration with her piece, “Las Parakatas,” meaning “the butterflies” in the purépecha language. She incorporates the imagery of monarch butterflies to represent natural migration not bound by colonialist borders. Duran Charicata enjoys painting portraits of migrant workers in hopes that those in her community are empowered when they see themselves or someone they know in her works. She incorporates personal experiences and landscapes of Mexico to depict the nature of migration with love and beauty.
Follow Juana Duran Charicata on Instagram @duran_sandart
CORAZÓN IN VISUAL ARTS II Award Recipient
Redlining. Taji Joseph. Mixed-media.
Taji Joseph, based in Minneapolis, sharply depicts the border and divisions between the rich and poor, between the cared for and the neglected, with his mixed-media piece, “Redlining.” Joseph unconventionally combines a wide range of mediums, creatively repurposing anything from ornaments from thrift stores to stones and tree bark from nature. Through his pieces, he contrasts the beauty of nature with the ugliness of humans. Joseph hopes his art resonates emotionally with the audience and provokes difficult conversations about the themes embedded in his works including the concept of mortality and the plight of a Black man living in America.
See more work by Taji Joseph at https://www.mnartists.org/tajijoseph
CORAZÓN IN LITERARY ARTS Award Recipient
Paradise. Alex Arriaga. Text.
Alex Arriaga, a journalist and writer based in Chicago, vividly expresses the domination and destruction of the Earth with her piece, “Paradise.” Arriaga writes of the first love for and subsequent sadness and anger towards the land, like a marriage gone bad. Through her writings, Arriaga strives to create space for nonjudgmental understanding and for centering the experiences of the disempowered. Arriaga thinks of herself as a messenger and able to use her voice as a writer to connect the dots during a confusing and chaotic time.
Follow Alex Arriaga on Twitter and Instagram at alexarriaga__
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