Art Taco was the first to attend this show. The finishing touches were being put on the signs, a fuse had blown, but everything else was in place. Thursday night AT went back for the NCECA reception. In the back room at SCA the "Episodic, Clustered and Migrating: Valerie Zimany and Daniel Bare" installation takes up the entire space.
These constructions are made of what the artists call post-consumer objects, meaning everything from boat bumpers to bras, whose stretchability is put to good use here.
Some of the pieces are dangling from the ceiling, without touching the walls or floor.
This is one of a series of small sculptures of buildings designed for specific purposes. This is titled "A Chacara (On Memory #1". They are all by Rafael Fonseca.
Here's "A Nossa Casa (Memory #3)". The architecture varies culturally and by use. These sculptural maquettes are very detailed, beautiful pieces. Architecture is a significant part of the migrant memory, defining living, working and recreational spaces and possibilities in our lives. With increased mobility come decontextualized memories. Every memory is out of its original time, but as one moves, they also lose their spatial coordinates.
This is one of four works in the front room at SCA by Maria Albornoz. It is an installation of scores of plastic buckets, each containing a handful of pennies at the bottom. They represent the amounts earned by migrants doing various jobs.
In the foreground, also by Maria Albornoz, is "El Recorrido del Inmigrante" (The road of the Immigrant). Each brick has printed on it immigration forms (aka "El Papeleo". And it ends with a spatial metaphor of them arriving at a corner, perhaps boxed in.
On the left, a detail of the bricks showing the inscriptions. To the right, another Albornoz work, a vending machine that dispenses fake Social Security cards printed on clay. For .75, it was the cheapest artwork one could buy at any NCECA event. This piece, whimsical and sad at the samne time, has the viewer symbolically doing what the undocumenteds have to do at great risk, in real life. She also had a work that was a tall ceramic stack of forms to fill out for immigrants to stay or become citizens.
Salt Creek Artworks and NCECA have put together one of the most memorable exhibits of the Convention. Treat yourself to this one.
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