Co-Curated by Michelle Gomez and Elle Perez
On View May 5th- June 18th, 2011
The exhibition explores issues of cultural identity, featuring works by emerging artists Roman Arevalo, Melis Bürsin, Morel Doucet, Adam Golfer, Pao Houa Her, Paolo Morales, Mario Mutis, Ruth Pettus, Nora America Pinell-Hernandez, and Manjari Sharma. The artists presented in Double Consciousness use a wide variety of mediums including photography, painting, sculpture and video in order to investigate their personal experiences of transnational identity, cultural assimilation, and ideas of “home.” Each of the artists is influenced by their own personal history; these range from recently immigrating to the United States to being a second generation American. Through direct or suggested use of the human figure in relation to various environments, narratives of vulnerability and strength emerge. While the work often speaks of isolation or alienation, there are underlying themes of connection. The resulting artworks are explorations of the self, inspired by past family history and present experiences.
Public programming included a children's screen printing workshop taught by community artist, Victoria Martinez and an artists talk led by the Laurel Historical Society. This exhibition was proudly sponsored in part by the Maryland Institute College of Art's Office of Diversity.
Install shots by Elle Perez