Mixed Me­dia

Com­mu­nity Through Mak­ing from Peru to New Mex­ico

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The Mu­seum of In­ter­na­tional Folk Art’s new ex­hi­bi­tion, Com­mu­nity Through Mak­ing from Peru to New Mex­ico, ex­plores the role of art in bring­ing com­mu­ni­ties to­gether to deal with im­por­tant so­cial is­sues through three col­lab­o­ra­tive projects by lo­cal and Peru­vian artists.

Places of Mem­ory ex­plores how art heals the trauma of in­di­vid­u­als and com­mu­ni­ties af­fected by vi­o­lence and in­cludes the par­tic­i­pa­tion of Es­pañola-based Tewa Women United and the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of the Fam­i­lies of the Ab­ducted, De­tained, and Dis­ap­peared of Peru (Ay­acu­cho, Peru).

Street Art and Ac­tivism show­cases mu­ral­ists, prin­ters, and painters whose co­op­er­a­tive works ex­plore con­tem­po­rary so­cial is­sues. The project fea­tures in­de­pen­dent artists and IAIA alumni such as Moira Gar­cia, a found­ing mem­ber of Art for Change; Jami­son Chas Banks, a mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary artist and mem­ber of the IAIA fac­ulty; and John Paul Granillo and Juan Lira, mem­bers of the Alas de Agua art collective.

The third project, Rivers of Plas­tic, brings to­gether Ay­mara sculp­tor Ay­mar Cco­pacatty and Santa Clara Pue­blo artist Nora Naranjo Morse, who use non-biodegrad­able ma­te­ri­als to in­spire con­ver­sa­tions on the im­pact of plas­tic waste on their re­spec­tive home­lands.

Com­mu­nity Through Mak­ing, which ap­pears in the Gallery of Con­science through Jan. 5, 2020, in­cludes video in­stal­la­tions and orig­i­nal art­works made in 2018 as part of a mu­seum-spon­sored pro­gram in con­junc­tion with the ex­hi­bi­tion Craft­ing Mem­ory: The Art of Com­mu­nity in Peru. The ex­hibit came out of a se­ries of 10-day res­i­den­cies that paired lo­cal and Peru­vian artists.

The open­ing re­cep­tion is at 1 p.m. on Sun­day, Jan. 6. Events in­clude a talk by par­tic­i­pat­ing artists at 1 p.m., and a pop-up art mar­ket and art-mak­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, both start­ing at 2 p.m. The re­cep­tion is free to the pub­lic. Af­ter Jan. 6, the ex­hi­bi­tion is open by ad­mis­sion. The Mu­seum of In­ter­na­tional Folk Art is at 706 Camino Lejo. Call 505-476-1200 for more in­for­ma­tion. — Michael Abatemarco

Above, Ay­mar Cco­pacatty work­ing on the com­mu­nity trash loom at MOIFA dur­ing the Arts Alive pro­gram, 2018, photo Chloe Ac­cardi Left, Carol Fer­nan­dez and Fer­nando Cas­tro work­ing at Alas de Agua’s mu­ral site in Santa Fe, 2018; im­ages cour­tesy MOIFA

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