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Creating Community Between Nations

Travis Johnson y Sara Ware Howsam

Terianne Stratton y Eric Bogart

Teri Sandison y Hugh Carpenter

Lee Collins y James Hurley

Marcerla Valdés y Mayra Martínez

By Karla Ortiz

On October 18, the exhibit “Puentes No Muros” (Bridges Not Walls) opened. The exhibit, involving the collaboration of six artists from the US and México, seeks to build bridges between the two countries through art.

Each artist involved displayed works involving different media and artistic techniques—painting, installation, photography, sculpture, drawing, and textiles.

This exhibit set out to demonstrate that art knows no frontiers and that bonds of friendship can be built through walls to overcome political and social barriers.

Alejandra Alcantara, a textile artist from Querétaro whose works are paintings, has done works along a specific theme, the union of two cultures. She pays homage with her expressionist art to Mexican culture and to what’s happening on the border. Sara Ware Howsam is a painter of mixed technique and acrylic who has created a series of pictures with symbols of the US and México. She considers each of her pictures to be a collaboration since her exhibitions have always been done with the same assistants.

Photographer Teri Sandison seeks to portray Mexican culture in all its forms, from Mayan rituals to traditional dances celebrated in festivities throughout almost all of México. Ana Thiel, a glass sculptor based in San Miguel, highlights the dialogue between culture and humanity through glass sculptures that show the disruption of connection between México and the US.

Mila Villasana, a Mexican artist, has created a series of illustrations in which she represents Mexican culture and the ways society and politics have changed it. Finally, installation artist Tess Howsam has also created a collaborative installation in which Mexican artists from all over the world participate to show their take on these two countries, countries that they believe have common ground. Each artist participating in her installation has done their version of a canvas with a torso figure.

The exhibit will remain at Casa Europa until November 30.


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