Juan Pont Lezica, Verlon Thompson as The Old Guitarist, Photograph, 45” x 32”

Juan Pont Lezica, Verlon Thompson as The Old Guitarist, Photograph, 45” x 32”

Jairo Prado, Totem II, Acrylic on canvas, 30” x 30”

Jairo Prado, Totem II, Acrylic on canvas, 30” x 30”

Multicultural Living in Nashville

Mohsenin Galleries • October 18 to November 21

by Sara Lee Burd

Yuri Figueroa, Daisy Revolver,  Acrylic on canvas, 24” x 18”

Yuri Figueroa, Daisy Revolver, Acrylic on canvas, 24” x 18”

Many of you don’t know that I was born in Colombia, South America, to a Colombian mom and a dad from Alabama. My family has always felt like we have two homes, two cultures to celebrate. We moved to Georgia when I was still a baby, but we often visited family in Colombia and explored Central and South American countries. As my appreciation for art developed, I connected emotionally to the Latin American artists’ portrayals of the common man, magical realism, and exotic vistas that were now familiar to me. Strangely, I was never offered a course on Latin American art during my studies of art history at University of Georgia or Vanderbilt, but I chose collecting and exhibiting Latin American art as the topic of my Master’s thesis.

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Jorge Yances, carretillero a lapiz

When the opportunity to curate an exhibit at Mohsenin Galleries presented itself, I knew right away that I wanted to show work by local artists who have roots in Latin America. The Expatriate Archive features abstract paintings, naturalistic still-lifes, and photography by some of Nashville’s finest, including Juan Pont Lezica (Argentina), Jorge Yances (Colombia), Jorge Mendoza (Bolivia), Liliana Velez (Colombia), Jairo Prado (Colombia), Yuri Figueroa (Mexico), and Clorinda Bell (Peru). I hope this show leads to a broader conversation about cultural identity and what it is like to have homes in more than one country.

The Expatriate Archive will open at Mohsenin Galleries October 18 at 6 p.m. and will remain on exhibit through November 21. For more information, visit www.mohseningalleries.com.

 

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