The Stamp Gallery Presents: Connected Diaspora: Central American Visuality in the Age of Social Media
posted on September 11, 2020
Connected Diaspora: Central American Visuality in the Age of Social Media
Xiomara Garay, Latina. Jigsaw Woodcut, 2017
Exhibition on view September 22- October 17
Connected Diaspora: Central American Visuality in the Age of Social Media casts light on a new generation of artists who visually reflect on U.S Central American lives and experiences in the era of social media. These new voices from the Central American diaspora have built a creative community that transcends state lines and borders.
Their practices range from delicate ceramic sculptures to large scale paintings to digital art—exploring images of displacement, war, and trauma. Contemplations on everyday life, nature, and architecture, coupled with insights on invisibility and empowerment, are all manifested in this visual assembly. Central Americans make up the third largest U.S Latinx group—a statistic that is not equally reflected when referencing Latinx art. Beyond news articles, Central Americans in the diaspora are a creative force leading the way to a more expansive discourse on Latinx Art.
Curated by Veronica Melendez
Featuring artwork by: Eddy Leonel Aldana, Galileo Gonzalez, Kim LaVonne, Glenda Lissette, Dennissé Carlota Nieto Zelaya, Jessy DeSantis, Xiomara Garay, Celea Guevara, Kimberly Benavides, Veronica Melendez, Elizabeth Fernanda Rodriguez, Kiara Machado, Julia Mata, Juan Madrid, Isidra Sabio, Paulino Celestino Mejia, Keith L Torres, Johanna Toruño
Co-sponsored by the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UMD, as well as La Casa de la Cultura de El Salvador in Washington, DC
Registration information for additional programming held over Zoom will be added to stamp.umd.edu/gallery the week of September 14th