Street Art of Oaxaca

Street Art of Oaxaca [event image]

Nov. 12, 9:00 AM -- Feb. 28, 3:00 PM

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.

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