A Decolonial Atlas: Strategies in Contemporary Art of the Americas
January 16 – April 15, 2018
Tisch Family Gallery
Drawing from the hemispheric context of the Americas,
and broad questions of civilization and culture, A Decolonial
Atlas: Strategies in Contemporary Art of the Americas
presents recent works by artists from the United States and
Latin America who grapple with continued questions of
colonialism and postcolonialism.
The exhibition highlights the medium of
video as a critical tool for expanded narratives and immersive
imagery, in addition to painting, photography, sculpture and
works on paper.
Divisions between the "material" and "spiritual"
development of culture, a distinction advocated by Alexander von
Humboldt after his expedition in North and South America at the
beginning of the nineteenth-century, untether inherited and
ancestral knowledge formations from empirical observation. Such
ethnographic accounts of the Americas by European colonizers are
representative of the contested histories that have unfolded
over past centuries, and which have replicated in the modern era
under new geopolitical forces. In the twenty-first century,
contemporary artists actively contend with this legacy to broach
new discourses of decolonization. Foregrounding questions of
place and positionality, these artists seek to unsettle
established narratives through counter-hegemonic perspectives.
A Decolonial Atlas: Strategies in Contemporary Art of
the Americas is organized by the Vincent Price
Art Museum. Artists in the exhibition include Iván Argote,
Isabel Avila, Raul Baltazar, Tania Candiani, Carolina Caycedo,
E.D.E.L.O (Caleb Duarte and Mia Eve Rollow), Ricardo Estrada,
Jeffrey Gibson, Martine Gutierrez, Pablo Helguera, Laura Huertas
Millán, Carlos Motta, Paulo Nazareth, Camilo Ontiveros, Eamon
Ore-Giron, Postcommodity, Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, Marton
Robinson, and Javier Tapia.