The exhibition features artwork created by the glass artist Paula Meninato. Through the optical qualities of paint on glass, Persistent Memories depicts the human toll behind the criminalization of Latin Americans and the human suffering caused by wars and immigration policies.
“As an Argentine-born American artist, I am interested in exploring the correlation between my heritage and immigrant journey through visual images. I want to explore how painful experiences caused by wars and dictatorships change human lives and start a dialogue about the invisibility of immigrants around the world.” For ten years, the Argentine military dictatorship disappeared 30,000 civilians, the desaparecidos. “Through portraits on glass, I aim to capture the unimaginable tragedy behind the loss of these individuals. Some artworks featuring images of family detention are also included to illustrate the impact of colonialism in the present-day.”
Some of the artworks are created during an artist residency at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center and made specifically for this installation. The exhibition also features videos following the creative process to further emphasize the concepts of disappearance and invisibility.
Exhibition Date: September 24, 2021 - December 31, 2021
Location: WheatonArts’ 1876 School House
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