Nine artists from across the Americas are reunited in “Ojalá”, which opened at the Carlsbad Museum and Art Center, in New Mexico, last week, on May 16th. Using a word present in different cultures – in Arabic, inshallah means “may this be God’s will”, while in West-African and Afro-Brazilian religions oxalá (from the Yoruban obatala) is the father of all people –, the exhibition curated by Atomic Culture showcases works which use alternative forms of communication to address social, political, and cultural upheaval.
It is thus through interdisciplinary pieces which mix new media and installation that Vivian Caccuri, Autumn Chacon, Isabella Cruz-Chong, Zac Hacmon, Lindsay Kane, Suzanne Kite, Ruben Olguin, Khari Johnson Ricks, Penelope Uribe-Abee – many of whom exhibit in New Mexico for the first time – , together with students from the San Francisco Art Institute, offer new models of examining cultural recall and materiality, breaking down pre-determined systems that blanket our communities, globally. The exhibition employs objects connected to a multitude of cultural experiences in order to provoke reflection upon the viewer.
“Ojalá”, group show featuring Vivian Caccuri, Autumn Chacon, Isabella Cruz-Chong, Zac Hacmon, Lindsay Kane, Suzanne Kite, Ruben Olguin, Khari Johnson Ricks, Penelope Uribe-Abee and students from the San Francisco Art Institute
Curated by Atomic Culture
On view from May 16th through June 23rd, 2018
Carlsbad Museum and Art Center
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