May 06, 2008

The Weatherspoon Art Museum presents TRANSactions: Contemporary Latin American and Latino Art, an exhibition that showcases the work of forty Latin American and Latino artists and demonstrates how, despite their differences, they commonly explore questions of identity through their own cultures and life experiences.

"TRANSactions shows that artists from Latin and South America are very much a part of the global conversation in contemporary art." said Weatherspoon director Nancy Doll. "The themes and issues they explore are of timely concern to all of us-moving across borders that are cultural, geographical and personal. Art helps us to understand and transcend difference, and we are pleased to present this exhibition in Greensboro area, which has become one of the most diverse cities in North Carolina.

TRANSactions shows that artists from Latin and South America are very much a part of the global conversation in contemporary art

TRANSactions highlights artists from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, and the United States, who work in many media and artistic disciplines. Mexican video artist Gustavo Artigas studies identity and social interaction literally in The Rules of the Game, a video showing two American basketball teams and two Mexican soccer teams negotiating space on a Tijuana basketball court as they play simultaneous games. Cultural identity is explored through nostalgia by María Fernando Cardoso, for whom memory plays a large role in her installation Cemetery-Vertical Garden, based largely on the Cementerio Central in her native Bogotá.

A number of artists reconstruct common objects or cultural icons to question predetermined identities. Perry Vasquez and Victor Payan borrow from R. Crumb's iconic comic book, "Keep on Truckin'," to satirize border politics in their installation, Keep on Crossin'. In Untitled (Superama), Gabriel Kuri elevates the ephemeral to the monumental by re-creating a Wal-Mart receipt as a traditional Mexican tapestry, thereby commenting on culture and consumerism.

For more information at http://weatherspoon.uncg.edu>

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