Art in Translation
Exploring Identity, Language and Sense of Place Through Art
April 29 - June 29 2017
Mon - Sat | 8:00am - 9:00pm
Sun | 9:00am - 7:00pm
Home. Language. Identity.
These core elements define our sense of self and our feelings of belonging. It is through these constructs that we, as individuals and communities, tell our stories. The meanings we assign to each of these words matter, as they connect us to the traditions of the past and help us cultivate a sense of belonging through common threads of place and experience.
But how can we reconcile describing home, language and identity in new or unfamiliar surroundings? What happens when all that is familiar becomes strange, and all that is strange becomes familiar?
Art in Translation explores these questions through the collective experiences of Jackson's Latino community. The exhibition braids together viewers, listeners and participants to discuss the challenges faced in bridging the gap between two homes, two languages, two identities.
Art in Translation is the first in a series of programming planned by the Art Association of Jackson Hole to engage our Latino community in meaningful art education that helps to span cultural differences and facilitates a conversation surrounding our shared experiences of living and working in Jackson Hole.
Curated by Cecilia Delgado Masse with muca-Roma in Mexico City, the two month long collaborative exhibition includes guest artist talks and education programs for the Latino community. The guest artists’ visit will culminate with an exhibition opening and celebration on April 29 featuring filmmaker Edgardo Aragón, installation artist Sandra Calvo, and literary artist Veronica Gerber.
All Art in Translation events are free and open to the public. The Art in Translation exhibition opening will offer free tamales, refreshments, and a children's art activity to enjoy with the family.
In collaboration with Teton County residents, these artists’ pieces serve as a bridge to help explore the tension and dissonance around the varied meanings of home, language and identity through the lens of the valley’s Latino community.
Cecilia Delgado Masse
Masse serves as the collaborative curator for Art in Translation. She studied Art History and Museology at the Universidad Iberoamericana. Masse lives in Mexico City and has worked in museums since 1996, carrying out different activities ranging from research, coordination and management processes for exhibition, to curatorship. She is currently the director at muca-Roma, UNAM (University Museum of Sciences and Art) where she works in the curatorial program.
Aragón will present a video showcasing the parallel landscapes shared by Jackson and Tlaxcala, Mexico. In collaboration with Angel Ramos from Hoback Junction, Aragón will feature some of Angel’s experiences working to integrate into the Jackson community and still maintain connections with his hometown.
Utilizing her social, collaborative and site-specific artistic practice, Calvo’s piece will showcase housing, shelter, and territory issues in Jackson. In collaboration with Carmina and Jorge Moreno from One22, Calvo’s installation piece reflects housing challenges here in Teton County and the people impacted.
Veronica Gerber Bicecci
Collaborating with Patti Rocha, Gerber presents a radio program in both English and Spanish that combines both visual and performance pieces to highlight the experience of similar stories being told in both English and in Spanish.
Art in Translation is presented by the Art Association of Jackson Hole in collaboration with Center for the Arts and is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, the Center of Wonder, and the William E. Weiss Foundation. For more information on Art in Translation, visit artassociation.org.