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MACLA LOOKS AT MIGRATION AND DREAMS

Posted by erin on January 18th, 2008

Daring to Navigate Treacherous Waters

by Erin Goodwin-Guerrero

MACLA has never favored the superficial and decorative nor been shy in presenting art that is loaded with content and controversy. The power and importance of artists speaking clearly in a visual language is demonstrated remarkably in this exhibition. Shifting Dreams, Migrating Realities provides an opportunity for a community under attack to speak through its art about the struggle for economic survival, cultural identity, respect and hope for the future. We are reminded of the political and social history of both the United States and Latin America. We are asked, in the context of this exhibition, to overcome a wave of national paranoia, and sensibly revisit our relationship with humanity at large. In our shrinking global village, this seems so urgent. Perhaps you as a viewer will engage the simple realities presented in this exhibition about international migration, and be moved to speak out about our national priorities.

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Consuelo Jimenez Underwood provides a light moment with her oversize Flower Tortillas (with leaves and flower petals woven into the fabric).

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Underwood’s Frontera Basket, made of barbed wire and perfectly sized for her tortillas, acknowledges the difficult struggle to preserve traditions in a new country

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