Art at 801
801 Lofts presents art openings three times a year. The three-story atrium and public space is a gallery, Art at 801, to local and national artists who display their work on an ongoing basis.
Art and artisans change every four months to display new talent and media. Gallery openings offer residents and the association a chance to open their doors to friends, family and others who want to support our local art community.
801 Washington Lofts
Art at 801 Gallery presents
Curated by Laura Migliorino
Selma Fernandez, David Maung,
Jill Holslin, Jorge Santiago
Opening reception Saturday, June 20th, 2015
6pm to 9pm
Show runs through September
Photographer Laura Migliorino has curated a show of photographers that are exploring the connections between the United States of America and Mexico.
Two of the photographers are Mexican but live in the United States, the other two are American but live in Mexico. The juxtaposition of these pairings are compelling, and explores the influence that immigration and perspective have on ones work. How is each photographer exploring the bi-national border between these two countries?
Selma Fernandez Richter
Fernandez Richter was born in Oaxaca, Mexico. As a photographer, she explores themes related to identity through connection with place, adaption, and religion in Mexico and the United States. Fernandez Richter’s project, The Ache for Home, is a series that explores the refugee communities in Minnesota through the lens of her own experience of immigration and adaption. She is currently a recipient of the 2015 McKnight Foundation Grant.
Maung was born in Chicago and grew up in Minneapolis, and after 20 years of living in Tijuana, he is exploring his perceptions and experiences beyond being a photographer, but now as a resident. Through this understanding, Maung seeks to find a sense of place, order and beauty in the Tijuana chaos. In many ways Tijuanenses have more in common with their gringo neighbors than with the rest of Mexico. Many learn English watching U.S. television, buy jeans at Old Navy or Target, freely use pesos and dollars in the same purchase, and cross the border each day to study or work. This unique identity that is truly Tijuanense is what fascinates Maung.
Holslin was born in Morris, Minnesota and has lived in Tijuana since 2011. Since 2008, photographer Holslin has explored the contradictions and paradoxes of the border walls that try to separate the U.S. from Mexico. In San Diego the first 14-mile border wall was built using metal aircraft landing mats in 1994. The iron is now decaying, and Holslin captures tiny scrawled messages and details invisible from a distance. Her images are a haunting and intimate glimpse into the lives migrants as they passed over the border wall. These “traces” leave behind a person’s history, a mark of immortality.
Santiago grew up in Guelatao de Juárez, a village of about 500 people in Oaxaca's Sierra Norte Guelatao, famous as the site of the annual Basketball competition, Copa Benito Juárez. In the Sierra basketball is king, not soccer. Santiago’s photos explore the way in which basketball reinforces indigenous identity. The basketball court is the fulcrum of activity, the center of the fiesta. Here bulls are slaughtered, bands play in massive group concerts, dances are held, and the names of the migrants sponsoring the fiesta are read aloud.
See you Saturday June 20th for the art opening!
Art at 801 Gallery, in 801 Lofts, promotes art to neighborhood residents and art lovers thru periodic openings, gallery style presentations and exclusive access to private showings… and more.
801 Lofts/Art at 801 Gallery
801 Washington Avenue North, Minneapolis 55401
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