Exhibitions | Exhibitions To the North

Vida, Muerte, Justicia | Life, Death, Justice: Latin American & Latinx Art for the 21st Century

Ogden
Oct. 1 – Nov. 27

Ogden Contemporary Arts Center, 455 25th Street, Ogden, Utah

Exhibition of Contemporary Latin American and Latinx Art Responds to Global Themes Relating to Life, Death and Justice at Ogden Contemporary Arts Center and Weber State University.

This Fall, OCA Center hosts an exhibition of twenty-four Latin American and Latinx contemporary artists whose work responds to relevant themes in relation to social and racial justice. The exhibited artists offer local, national and international perspectives through multiple disciplines including painting, sculpture, photography, installation, performance, digital art and more. Vida, Muerte, Justicia is a collaboration between Ogden Contemporary Arts, Weber State University College of Arts & Humanities, curator Jorge Rojas and associate curator Maria del Mar González-González. The exhibition opens on October 1st at OCA Center and the WSU Shaw Gallery Project Space during Ogden’s First Friday Art Stroll from 6-9pm, with a VIP reception for OCA members from 4-6pm at OCA Center. Corresponding curatorial talks and programming will be held at WSU over the course of the exhibition.

“Themes of life, death, and justice have been inextricably linked throughout history,” says Rojas, who
is a Mexican artist, curator and educator based in Salt Lake City. “We’re looking at these concepts
through the rich and complex lens of Latin American culture, which encompasses many countries,
peoples and languages.”

Rojas and González-González, assistant professor of global modern and contemporary art history at WSU, intentionally selected artists in various stages of their careers whose work responds to a number of current issues and movements including immigration reform, racial justice, femicide, Black Lives Matter and much more. The exhibited artists identify nationally as Mexican, Colombian, Chilean, Nicaraguan and Dominican, among others. Important conversations surrounding ethnic and gender identity within this community are also addressed, as artists in the show also self-identify as Chicano, Nuyorican, or Latinx. This group includes multiple international and museum-level exhibiting artists such as Harry Gamboa Jr., Guillermo Galindo, Tania Candiani and others. Prominent Utah artists include Andrew Alba, Nancy Rivera, Horacio Rodriguez, and Roots Art Kollective, who will paint a mural inside The Monarch as part of the exhibition.

Rojas and González-González, assistant professor of global modern and contemporary art history at WSU, intentionally selected artists in various stages of their careers whose work responds to a number of current issues and movements including immigration reform, racial justice, femicide, Black Lives Matter and much more. The exhibited artists identify nationally as Mexican, Colombian, Chilean, Nicaraguan and Dominican, among others. Important conversations surrounding ethnic and gender identity within this community are also addressed, as artists in the show also self-identify as Chicano, Nuyorican, or Latinx. This group includes multiple international and museum-level exhibiting artists such as Harry Gamboa Jr., Guillermo Galindo, Tania Candiani and others. Prominent Utah artists include Andrew Alba, Nancy Rivera, Horacio Rodriguez, and Roots Art Kollective, who will paint a mural inside The Monarch as part of the exhibition.

Latin American and Latino/Hispanic peoples make up the largest ethnic or racial minority in our country, as well as our local community, making this an especially significant exhibition for Utah and the art world at large. These artists have played a significant role in calling out social injustice on local, national and international levels, creating relevant work that inspires action and change. “As we look back on one of the most difficult years in recent history due to COVID-19 and global political and social uprising, this exhibition invites audiences to reflect on many of the issues that have taken center stage, as well as the movements that have united us to work toward justice,” says Rojas and González-González. “…By exploring connections between life, death, and justice, these artists and this exhibition aim to raise awareness, educate, build community, and inspire action, while providing space for reflection, mourning, and collective healing.”

Vida, Muerte, Justicia extends from OCA Center to Weber State University, where Galindo and Candiani’s work will be exhibited at the WSU Shaw Gallery Project Space in the Kimball Visual Arts Building. Curatorial talks and performances will also be held at WSU with the visiting artists, providing opportunities for students and community members to engage on the important topics brought forth through this exhibition. This theme extends to partner events throughout the community; please see additional information below for a full schedule of events and programming related to the exhibition.

EXHIBITING ARTISTS Andrew Alba Blanka Amezkua Tania Candiani Ruby Chacon Esperanza Cortes Amelec Diaz Alexis Duque Patricia Espinosa David Rios Ferreira Guillermo Galindo Scherezade Garcia Las Hermanas Iglesias Harry Gamboa Jr. Roots Art Kollective Tamara Kostianovsky Jessica Lagunas Shaun Leonardo Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz Michael Pribich Lina Puerta Nancy Rivera Horacio Rodriguez Jaime Trinidad Carlos Villalon

 

EXHIBITION EVENTS AND PUBLIC PROGRAMS
Exhibition VIP Preview for OCA Members
Date: October 1st, 4-6pm Location: OCA Center, 455 25th Street, Ogden
Exhibition Public Opening Date: October 1st, 6-9pm
Location: OCA Center and WSU Shaw Gallery Project Space, Kimball Visual Arts Building

Performance: Guillermo Galindo
Date: October 28th, 6pm
Location: WSU Allred Theater, Browning Center for Performing Arts

Artist Talk: Tania Candiani
Date: November 11th, 6pm
Location: WSU Kimball Visual Arts Center, Lindquist Lecture Hall, room 120

Curator Talk: Vida, Muerte, Justicia: Making an Exhibition
Date: November 18th, 6pm
Location: WSU Kimball Visual Arts Center, Lindquist Lecture Hall, room 12

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *