February 10 - March 26
Artist: Aida Lizalde
Reception & Artist Talk: Wednesday, February 24 | 5:30pm PST | Online
Reception Registration: Eventbrite (required)
My work deals with how assimilation defines self and culture and my resistance and embrace of it. I focus on decolonization, mestizaje (the condition of being of European and Indigenous descent), and culture as a plural and cyclical entity. As an undocumented childhood arrival before DACA, the American Dream felt like Stockholm Syndrome. My identity was defined by my location, legal status, and the various signifiers assigned to an identity.
This exhibition presents works in relation to those signifiers and conditional identity. “Overwhelming Ground,” is a series of handmade paper collages I call quilts, made while in residency in Mexico City in the Fall of 2020. In it I represent Mexican-American international relations, politics, violence, and economics, as well as the cyclical construction and destruction of the city as a metaphor for culture. “ID” is a series of cyanotype works that contain photos of the immigration documents submitted by applicants. It exposes a visual history of the application processes that immigrants are subjected to by Homeland Security. This includes Visa, DACA, green card, and naturalization applications, showing changes through time, identity definitions, and self of the people that go through them.
artist website: aidalizalde.com