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Awaken: Conjuring Our Tomorrow opens February 5 in the Winfisky Gallery

Eight Latina artists explore climate justice issues

Salem State’s Winfisky Gallery presents “Awaken: Conjuring Our Tomorrow”, a group exhibition running February 5–March 13. Curator Allison Maria Rodriguez has brought together eight Latina artists who explore climate justice issues in their practice. The works in this exhibition navigate a space in between the mathematical and the fantastical. In the wake of the atrocities that continue to be inflicted upon our earth, this exhibition suggests that we must harness the power of both science and magic in order to generate the prospect of a collective future.

The eight artists featured in the exhibition are Tatiana ArochaKrista CaballeroNayda CuevasRaquel FornasaroLina Maria GiraldoDinora JusticeEvelyn Rydz, and Ana Maria Velasco. From computer programming to oil painting, these artists use the mechanics of storytelling and human curiosity to investigate our spiritual (dis)connection to the planet, to highlight the political implications of our cumulative paralysis, and to envision the possibility of another tomorrow.

Allison Maria Rodriguez is a first-generation Cuban-American interdisciplinary artist working predominantly in video installation. She creates immersive experiential spaces that challenge conventional ways of knowing and understanding the world. Her work focuses extensively on climate change, species extinction and the interconnectivity of existence. Through video, performance, digital animation, photography, drawing, collage and installation, Rodriguez merges and blends mediums to create new pictorial spaces for aesthetic, emotional and conceptual exploration.

Awaken: Conjuring Our Tomorrow

Schedule of events

  • The exhibit runs from February 5 through March 13.
  • Rodriguez will present a curator’s talk in the gallery on February 19 at 12:30 pm
  • The curator talk will be followed by an opening reception at 2 pm on February 19.
  • An additional Community Reception will be held at the gallery on February 29, 5-7 pm.
  • Exhibition Artists will present a panel discussion on March 11, 2-3:30 pm in the Berry Library.

Admission to the gallery and all associated exhibition events is free. The Winfisky Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 am-4 pm

This exhibition is sponsored by Salem State University’s art + design department and Center for Creative and Performing Arts.

Karen A Gahagan
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