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Ada Trillo: La Caravana Del Diablo

Ada Trillo: La Caravana Del Diablo

Jan. 14–March 4, 2021

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The University of Central Oklahoma’s Melton Gallery will host socially distanced events for “Ada Trillo: La Caravana Del Diablo,” a solo art exhibition for artist Ada Trillo featuring her photo documentary series of individuals in the migrant caravans traveling through Central America to the Mexico-United States border.

From 2017 to 2019, Philadelphia-based photographer Trillo returned to her hometown of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico to document the struggles of asylum seekers directly affected by President Donald Trump’s Remain in Mexico policy. In January of 2020, she traveled with a massive caravan for eight days from Honduras through Guatemala and into Mexico, where they were met by the recently established Guardia Nacional composed of former federal, military, and naval police.

“Trillo’s work honors the humanity of each person represented and creates space for us to shift focus from viewing asylum seekers as an anonymous mass to viewing them as individuals. Each with their own stories to tell,” said Veronica Cianfrano, Melton Gallery curator.

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Artists: Patrick Conlon, Christina Giacona, Kato Buss, Matt Fowler

On view: Aug. 20–Nov. 19, 2020

Film Debut & Gallery Talk: Sept. 25, 2020, 5- 7:30 p.m.

Dace Performance: Oct. 1, 2020, 5- 6:30 p.m.

Film Debut & Gallery Talk: Oct. 29, 2020, 5 – 7:30 p.m.

Film Debut & Gallery Talk: Nov. 5, 2020, 5 – 7:30 p.m.

Closing Reception: Nov. 19, 2020, 5 – 7:30 p.m. Link to Livestream archive of the event.

While taking a vacation from our physical selves is often an important part of our day, this work asks you to be present. The work in this show snaps us back into ourselves, into the space we share and transforms us from spectator to participant.

In a broader sense, when we physically engage with our environment, we tend to become more inquisitive, more socially engaged, and more aware of how our actions matter, affect the space around us inside and outside of the walls of the gallery. Simply using light and sound, these artists have turned the mundane into the extraordinary.

 

 

Symbiotic

Exhibit Dates: February 7 – March 14 | Opening Reception: Friday, February 15

Exhibit Workshops: Saturday March 9, 10am – 4pm

Art and Community. Can one survive without the other?

Symbiotic is an exhibition of collaborative artworks produced by teams composed of a professional practicing artist and one or more student artists. The professional artists are charged with developing a base concept that addresses the intrinsic relationship between art and community. The selected students are assigned to their team based on their personality, background and chosen medium. Each team meets independently to further develop their concept and create their work.

The intention of this exhibition is to create opportunities. Student artists have the opportunity to learn from a practicing artist, developing that relationship into a future source of information and feedback as the students graduate from college and transition into the next phase of their artistic career. The practicing artists have the opportunity to mentor and learn from the emerging artists.

Symbiotic relationships can be positive or negative. We believe in the positive nature of the relationship between art and community. Through the development of this exhibition we have benefited from community support through the sponsorship of local businesses. These businesses hold dear the responsibility to support the arts in order to enrich the lives of the citizens in the communities they serve. They believe strongly in arts education, providing support to students and schools from elementary up through college levels.