Aceptar Una Exposición Colectiva – Virtual Opening Reception

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September 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

This reception is being hosted virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, you must register here or by emailing carla@smithcenter.org

Featuring Artwork by Erick Benitez, Geraldo Camargo, Irene Clouthier, Hoesy Corona, Muriel Hasbun, Carolina Mayorga, Wilfredo Valladares and Fabolia Alvarez

Erick Antonio Benitez, The Secret Life of Plants Series
by Erick Antonio Benitez, The Secret Life of Plants Series

Aceptar Una Exposición Colectiva

Curated by Irene Clouthier 

Virtual Opening Reception – Friday, September 25th, 6:30 – 8:00pm

Acceptance is a part of life. It is part of what makes us human. We accept and make choices every day of our lives.

Aceptar creates a dialogue between the artist and the viewer about the ways we accept a new reality through the ups and downs and our immigration and identity experiences as artists. More specifically, we explore how eight artists adapted and merged existing cultures to create a new hybrid cultural identity.

This exhibition represents diversity in the immigration experience; examining the struggles and extraordinary efforts to permanently move to another country with dreams, traditions, and cultures ingrained, and to become immersed in a new life. The eight artists featured here have all had to adapt to a different language and find a separate identity. Each day as immigrants and Americans, we work to accept our new circumstances, and we look to the millions who have come before us who have enriched the tapestry of this country.

Some of the artists here present their personal identity that shows us the intricacy and complexity of heritage. Other artists work on de parallelism or the creation of a new national symbol. While still other works address immigration status and remind us to see humans as humans. Another artist builds a column made of recycled food trays that contain remnants of moments, sharing in a group, joy, and community. One artist addresses identity by calling upon childhood memories of his home and family. We also present artworks that address the domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault faced by women and families fleeing these circumstances in their native countries, only to face the same dangers on their journeys to the United States.

With Aceptar, we hope to highlight diversity in our immigration stories and open a dialogue about race, inclusion, class disparity, and gender equality. In order to create change, we must keep these conversations alive and strong. Aceptar is a reminder of the essence of this nation, a nation of immigrants, and allows us to imagine the kind of society we want to live in, one with a better future for all. We believe that art has the power to unite us.


We switched out the recipe for a classic margarita to make with Jessika and Ana from El Tamarindo, but feel free to create your own version and enjoy! Get your ingredients list HERE!

Also featuring a performance by DJ Aaron Eivet aka Randy Salazar Jr.

Click here to view the full press release.

Organizer

Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery
Phone:
(202) 483-8600
Email:
lindsey@smithcenter.org
Website:
https://www.joanhisaokagallery.org/
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