Molly Nelson, a master's student in the LAII's Latin American Studies program, curated, "Street Art of Oaxaca: Photos + Narratives from the Streets," an exhibition, is now on display through Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 in the Herzstein Latin American Gallery on the second floor of Zimmerman Library. The exhibit is in conjunction with University Libraries' Inter-American Studies Program.

The exhibit is composed principally of photography Nelson shot, with supplementary pieces drawn from University Libraries' digital Asamblea de Artistas Revolucionarios de Oaxaca Pictorial Collection.

In July, Nelson traveled to Oaxaca to learn more about the art within the wider protest culture in the city. She observes, "The people of Oaxaca are very artistic by nature, and as such, use various modes of art to express themselves and to react to society at large. The art in Oaxaca is not just institutional - that is, found solely in museums. The wider cityscape serves as its own large and varied museum. While I was there, I found myself immersed in the ubiquitous street art which decorates many corners in Oaxaca - from the Zócalo to the walls of homes. While not all done in the same style, or even addressing the same theme, these artworks speak to a larger frame of reference in Oaxaca. A constant restlessness stirs beneath the colorful facades and shaded plazas of this southern Mexican city. There is a desire for betterment and improvement for all who live within the city - from children in schools to taxi drivers."

She added, "Through this exhibit, I hope to show how these pieces of art create bonds: between artist and viewer, between viewer and viewer, and between art and city. These bonds unify the city of Oaxaca, its people and its visitors in a way that showcases both the beauty of the city and the constant struggle for a life made better for all of the citizens of Oaxaca."

Nelson earned her bachelor's from Bates College and currently pursues her master's at UNM in Latin American Studies with a focus on Colonial Art History of New Spain.

For more information about the exhibition, contact Suzanne Schadl, or call 505-277-8637.

Media Contact: Carolyn Gonzales (505) 277-5920; email: cgonzal@unm.edu