In the context of the ZiF Workshop Latina/o Images for the 21st Century: Interethnic Relations and Politics of Representation in the United States
For some years Latinos have been the largest ethnic minority in the United States. This demographic change is also reflected in everyday life and the country's cultural scene. A major topic in U.S.-Latina and Latino art is the negotiation of ethnic, cultural and individual identity. This focus is also reflected by the 20 original artworks presented in this exhibition. All artworks are on loan from the collection of the Hispanic Research Center (HRC) at Arizona State University in Tempe, the largest collection of U.S.-Latina/o art worldwide.
Cihuateteo con Coyalxanhqui y la Guadalupana, Santa Barraza
In collaboration with the Chair in American Studies of the University of Duisburg-Essen and the InterAmerican Studies Program at Bielefeld University, the HRC showed - for the first time in Germany - Contemporary U.S.-Latino/a Art, a one-year traveling exhibition with original artwork on canvas and paper, serigraphs and lithographs. In dealing with subjects such as family, community, immigration, biculturalism, spirituality, and cultural symbolism, the exhibited artworks examined the identity of U.S. Americans of Latin American descent. The artists included in the exhibition come from five Southwestern states of the U.S.A. in which the percentage of the Latina/o population is particularly high. Their styles range from primitivism to realistic and abstract art.
The exhibition was opened by Professor Gary D. Keller, director of the Hispanic Research Center, and by Cristina Cárdenas, one of the artists included in the exhibition.