Curated by Edward Hayes Jr., MOLAA Assistant Curator
Distant Parallels reflects upon the Latin American diaspora through family-based investigation and broader cultural excavations of inter-continental Latin America. This exhibition explores topics of home, homeland, anonymity and representation in bold new work by five emerging Los Angeles-based artists. The artists whose work will be on view include Adriana Baltazar,Ramiro Gomez Jr., Miguel Ángel Mejía,Gala Porras-Kim and Luis Ernesto Zavala.
Opening Reception at The Collaborative
Saturday, April 26
Two hours free parking available with the Collaborative validation.
421 W. Broadway Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90802
Lourdes Grobet | La Venus, Blue Demon, Lourdes Grobet & La Familia Solar
The mask occupies a very unique place throughout Mexican culture. It’s not limited solely to festivities and religious celebrations. As I worked on my photographic project on the wrestlers in Mexico, this became increasingly evident. That is why this work is centered around Blue Demon, the wrestler, and the prehispanic head from Cholula. They become like the point of the arrow which lead us to understand the diversity of myths surrounding the mask.
In fact it is the wrestlers in Mexico, that have brought the symbol of the mask into modernity within our culture. There is no distance anymore between it’s daily use from a practical point of view, and it’s most profound references.
The mask beckons the myth and the masked person reveals the hidden message. We don’t have to travel far to prove this point. In Chiapas the hooded population carry with them the implicit protection of the Zapatista struggle. In Mexico City, a masked priest maintains financially an entire orphanage with his wrestling matches.
Our history also has in it’s traditional politics, the “hooded one” representing the candidate that is chosen by the outgoing President. While all over the country, dancers regain and re enact the struggles of resistance and their old traditions.
In Mexico, politics and culture, rites and survival are condensed in the symbol of the mask.
Frida Friday: In 2001, the USPS issued a Frida Kahlo stamp, making her the first Hispanic woman whose face has appeared on a U.S. stamp.
Join us today for our free Fridamania festival beginning at 11:00am!