Montagues & Capulets | Christian Fuchs & Mari Hernandez
September 21, 2018 6:30 pm - September 21, 2018 9:00 pm
“From ancient grudge break to new mutiny; where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.”
Shakespeare leaves the ancient grudge between the two feuding families to his audience to decipher, but historians and scholars agree only land and title would cause such a permanent rift that only in death can they “bury their strife.”
From two separate vantage points and with juxtaposed processes the two artists in this exhibition examine the history and impact land and title play in our current society.
Mari Hernandez (San Antonio, TX) in her series “Hombres” employs archetypes endowed with natural and unnatural features to expose the ingrained culture of romanticizing colonization and celebrating manifest destiny.
Christian Fuchs (Lima, Peru) in his series “Transgeneration,” recreates his family tree and takes the viewer on an anthropological journey. Over hundreds of years, he traces the ebb and flow of his family’s societal position across continents and through epochs of history.
Through elaborate costumes, these two artists become their subjects. The photographs are a vignette to an ancient time and a reminder that the actions of the past determine our future.
Our current socio-political climate illustrates the hefty ransom land and title still hold on society. Through careful examination, we can remember these stories that were initiated in ancient times with ancient grudges and perhaps new narratives can be created.
Opening reception: Friday, September 21, 2018, 6:30 – 9 pm, – 7:30pm: Artist talk
Exhibition on display: September 21 – November 10, 2018
Viewing hours: Wed – Sat, 12 – 6 pm
Free and open to the public