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Intercambios: Art, Stories & Comunidad
Intercambios: Art, Stories, & Comunidad, is an exhibition of collaborative works by ten artists in Madison, Wisconsin, USA, and the Central Valleys of Oaxaca, Mexico. Exhibition location is the Design Gallery at the School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin, Madison. This project visually explores the intersections of culture and media and includes textiles, photography, printmaking, papermaking, music, and video. “Our collective work asks questions about what it means to cross and connect worlds: life and death, art and craft, and the borders between countries, languages, cultures, and classes. We come from diverse backgrounds, from both sides of the Mexico/US border and speak five languages.” Three themes emerged: honoring and remembering loved ones and the fleeting nature of life; the potential of migration to both destroy and cultivate traditions; and the importance of our shared histories, including shared indigenous textiles. The exhibition is the subject of a January 12 Textile Talk; the event is free and open to the public; registration via Zoom is required. Registration link is https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_T94Nv-yZSdevco4VFFLJsQ
Intercambios started in spring 2021 during the COVID-19 pandemic. Artists from both sides of the US/Mexico border held a series of virtual conversations where they presented their artwork and gave studio tours. These lively exchanges sparked ideas and inspiration for their creative interactions. They continued long-distance exchanges through email, video conferencing, and international delivery services.
This past fall, three artists from the Madison team traveled to Mexico to work in person with their Oaxacan partners. They also had the opportunity to participate in Day of the Dead preparations and celebrations with the artists and their families. In this year of so much loss, the celebration was particularly profound. This shared experience informed the work in this show and solidified the aesthetics, concepts, and themes of the exhibition. The artistic exchange continues in spring of 2022. Four of the artists from Oaxaca will travel to Madison to be part of the celebrations, performances, and conversations in conjunction with this exhibition.
Date(s): 01/19/2022 to 04/10/2022
Ruth Davis Design Gallery, School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin United States