Latin American roots on display at DAM

Millennial artists exhibit works in Denver until March


Raphael Fonseca, associate curator at the Denver Art Museum in a new position underwritten by John and Sandy Fox, opened a new exhibit: “Who Tells a Tale Adds A Tail,” a collection of modern and contemporary art from Latin America, on July 31.

Nineteen millennial generation artists (born 1981-1996) from around the world who identify as having Latin American roots were commissioned to create new works for the special exhibition, which runs through March 5, 2023.

These works were “to be in dialogue with the unique architecture of the Denver Art Museum, with technology to ideas surrounding identity, to broader social and political issues.” Contributing artists were originally from Ecuador, Mexico, Bolivia, Guatemala, Peru, Argentina, Santo Domingo, Venezuela, Haiti and the U.S. Created in both two- and three-dimensional techniques, they are a far cry from the well-known portrait if Cortez one may think of as Latin American art.

The somewhat sinister “Vigilante Extended” by Vitoria Cribb, which has been used for a promotional image for the exhibit, is a still from a video that a visitor is inclined to watch more than once — fascinating storytelling in big, bright images. Who is this person???

“U.S.A. (a spaceship)” is a large black sculptural work by Andres Pereira Paz, who lives and works between Mexico City and Berlin. The image is said to refer to decolonization, which is of high interest in Bolivia, where it is “a daily practice,” according to the artist. Almost two thirds of the population identify as indigenous and segregation is deep. Contradictions abound — the root of Cruz’s work.

Eddie Rodolfo Aparacio focuses on migrant communities in Los Angeles, where he now lives and works in the Salvadoran diaspora. His “La Telena (Olympic Blvd and Burlington Ave.)” and “Ruta de las Flores” are large textile creations, suspended from the ceiling.

There are several spidery images, including “Fist Spider,” from the series “Pajama Spiders,” by Brazilian artist Yuli Yamagata and her “Rushy Spider.” They are large and a bit threatening to a wandering viewer!

Alan Sierra is a Mexican artist/writer who lives and works in Basel, Switzerland and his neon images seem to be in their own little world as they glow on a gallery wall.

Ana Segovia grew up in a Mexican family of filmmakers and creates images that would seem to be fragments of films, with individuals in costume at times and seeming about to speak to a visitor ...

This is an exhibit very much worth visiting and one leaves with an impression of sound as well as visual image, I think. I can still hear voices and music when I look at these images ...


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