The Arts Council’s June exhibition is ‘La Frontera: Hopes and Fears’
The June 2022 exhibition at the Doña Ana Arts Council (DACC) gallery is “La Frontera: Hopes & Fears”, in which five artists from the US-Mexico border highlight the migration of people through La Frontera, the most frequently crossed in the world. international border.
“The five artists, in their own voices and in a range of media – painting, drawing, mixed media, video and photography – document the emotional landscape faced by those who cross La Frontera,” DAAC said in a press release. “The combined work of the five artists tells a larger story of what the border really means to those who cross it and contributes to our understanding of the reality of their experiences.”
The featured artists are:
- Adrián Aguirre grew up on both sides of the El Paso/Juárez border, crossing the bridge daily to go to school, the DAAC said. This experience has influenced his perspective on borders and immigration and is reflected in his work, which consists of portraits and depictions of the life lived by the immigrant or refugee. There is also a political agenda in his work, sometimes subtle sometimes less subtle.
- Cleo Arévalo is a conceptual multimedia artist who creates prints, ready-made objects and installations that examine what she describes as the globalized oppression of the masses, primarily through an analysis of the cultural meanings of language, according to the Press release. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts from UTEP and transitioned into multimedia at the graduate level at NMSU. Arévalo teaches at El Paso Community College.
- Elizabeth Calil Zarur holds a bachelor’s degree in printmaking and drawing, a master’s degree in textile arts and a doctorate. in philosophy of art. During his 30-year career teaching art history at NMSU and Wheaton College in Massachusetts, Zarur has published numerous articles and curated several exhibitions. His works presented in this exhibition are inspired by the combination of 19andMexican altarpieces and santos from the last century and current photographic documentation of migrants on the US-Mexico border, all of which represent the very few possessions displaced populations take with them while crossing La Frontera, the DAAC said.
- Paul Ratje, originally from Mesilla, studied photojournalism and foreign languages at NMSU. After living in Taiwan, where he began his career in photojournalism, he returned home to the El Paso area. He believes his true calling is to document immigration and border issues and reveal the humanity in immigration history. Her image collection is part of her “Crossing the Line” storytelling project which focuses on the lives of current immigrants living in the United States.
- Sterling Trantham is an award-winning photographer, photojournalist, documentary
photographer, professor of photography and member of the National Geographic Faculty. He lives in La Mesa, New Mexico and teaches photography at El Paso Community College. Trantham, who first photographed the border wall separating Mexico and the United States in 1995, describes the wall as a complicated phenomenon, with multifaceted economic consequences as well as deeply human consequences.
The exhibit will be on view June 1-28 at the DAAC, 250 W. Amador Ave.
DAAC hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the first Friday (June 3), and noon to 5 p.m. on the second Saturday (June 11).
Call 575-523-6403. Visit www.daarts.org.