Weber State opens Latin American art gallery for Hispanic Heritage Month


OGDEN, Utah (ABC4) – Weber State University (WSU) celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a new art gallery titled “Vida, Muerte, Justicia | Life, Death, Justice: Latin American and Latin American Art for the 21st Century.

The exhibition is a collaboration between Ogden Contemporary Arts and the WSU Shaw Gallery. The exhibition will run from October 1 to November 27, hosted by gallery curators Jorge Rojas and María del Mar González-González.

The exhibition features 24 contemporary Latin American and Latin American artists whose work addresses themes related to social and racial justice. Artistic disciplines include painting, sculpture, photography, installation, performance, digital art, etc.

Selected works also explore the themes of life, death and justice presented in the two galleries. Visitors can view the entire collection in two different galleries: the OCA Center and the WSU Shaw Gallery Project Space.

(Courtesy of Cam McLeod)

“The themes of life, death and justice have been inextricably linked throughout history,” says Rojas, a Mexican artist, curator and educator based in Salt Lake City. “We examine these concepts through the rich and complex prism of Latin American culture, which encompasses many countries, peoples and visual languages. “

The exhibited artists identify themselves nationally as Mexicans, Colombians, Chileans, Puerto Ricans and Dominicans, among others. Topics related to ethnic and gender identity are also discussed. The curators selected artists whose work responded to current issues and movements such as immigration reform, racial justice, femicide, Black Lives Matter, and more.

As Latin Americans and Latinos / Hispanics make up the largest racial minority in the United States, event officials are delighted to present these important issues to an audience in Utah. Managers chose these works of art for their “important role in exposing social injustice at 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 the global political and social uprising, this exhibit invites the public to reflect on many of the issues that have taken center stage. the scene, as well as the movements that have united us to work for justice, ”said Rojas and González-González. “By exploring the links between life, death and justice, these artists and this exhibition aim to raise awareness, educate, build community and inspire action, while providing a space for reflection, mourning and collective healing. “

For more information on the exhibit, including times and directions, Click here.


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