A new exhibition, “here, there and in-between,” is now open at The University of New Mexico’s College of Fine Arts Downtown Studio. The exhibition runs through Jan. 28 at the CFA Downtown Studio located at 114 4th St., SW.
The exhibition, which features the work of artists Patricia Domínguez (Santiago, Chile), Michael Barraco (Brooklyn, USA), and Elena Bellantoni (Rome, Italy), is curated by Lara Goldmann and Chloë Courtney, graduate students in the UNM College of Fine Arts.
The exhibition proposes interactions between human society, politics, and the natural world as sites that reveal unjust structures of power. The artworks take visually complex approaches to contemplate how the implications of these structures govern our everyday experience, provoking questions beyond the art realm. We are very excited to bring this global conversation to New Mexico.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a panel discussion on Jan. 18 at 6:30 p.m. The panel discussion features art critic Lucy Lippard, art historian, de-colonial theorist Kency Cornejo, artist and environmental humanities scholar Subhankar Banerjee. Gallerist Nancy Zastudil will moderate.
Additionally, a closing reception will be held on Friday, Jan. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.
“We are thrilled to present such outstanding scholars in the field to discuss the exhibition and the issues it addresses,” said Goldmann and Courtney.
Bellantoni (b. 1975, Italy), based in Rome, works in video art, and examines structures of power through the use of language, site, and interpersonal relationships. Her work tends to be allegorical, revealing how our society uses sciences such as biology to create hierarchies of power, but also how literary tales about animals allow for subversion and resistance.
Barraco (b. 1986, New York) works in photography and sculpture, considering the interstices between human society and the natural world through his fascination with birds. Creating a collective digital archive of birds, his work addresses the viewer directly and prompts them to consider their potential involvement in the problems of habitat loss and climate change.
Domínguez (b. 1984, Santiago Chile) works in installation and video art, examining present day manifestations of coloniality through plants, animals, contemporary technology, and pop culture. Her installations have a minimal yet playful aesthetic, often using humor and the absurd to comment on problems such as environmental damage, species loss, violence, and primitivist stereotypes of Latin America.
Having already gained considerable attention in Latin America, Domínguez’s creative approach to the themes of coloniality shows the growing interest in the contemporary art world to confront these critical questions.
The College of Fine Arts Downtown Studio is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday. Group tours and school visits may be arranged Monday through Friday upon request.
All events are free and open to the public.