LEXINGTON, Ky.—Imprinted Bodies, an exhibit of contemporary Hispanic and Latino work by a dozen artists, opens Friday, September 14 in Transylvania’s Morlan Gallery. The exhibit traces the notion of embodiment or corporality in contemporary Latino visual art, poetry and documentaries and runs through October 24, from noon-5 p.m. in the Morlan Gallery. The exhibit will also be open for the Lexington Gallery Hop Friday, September 21, from 5-8 p.m.
The exhibiting artists, originally from Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Haiti, Mexico, Columbia, as well as the United States, examine the interplay between immigration, illness, ethnic relations, identity and their own participation in the formation of hybrid cultures. These experiences, involving displacement, relocation, and memories of home, uncover multi-layered disruptions of identity.
Artists include Ana Albertina Delgado, Arturo Alonzo Sandoval, Sonia Baez-Hernandez, Elizabeth Cerejido, Eduard Duval Carrie, Francisca Hernandez, Diane Kahlo, Connie Lloveras, Jesus Macarena-Avila, Raul Ortiz Bonilla, Diana Solis and Federico Uribe. Their work includes video, sculpture, mixed media, paintings and installation pieces.
In recognition of September as Hispanic Heritage Month, the Morlan Gallery will provide a week of related programming called Project Alterity, which will provoke thought in multiple areas including politics, identity formation and roles within culture and society.
Tuesday, September 18, 7-8:30 p.m., Carrick Theater
Strangers Among Us: The Plight of Immigrant Workers in Kentucky
A panel discussion with Transylvania sociology professor Brian Rich about the challenges of immigrant workers in Kentucky. Question and answer session to follow.
Wednesday, September 19, 11:30-12:30 p.m., Morlan Gallery
Gallery talk with Sonia Baez-Hernandez
Artist and curator, Sonia Baez-Hernandez, discusses the contemporary Hispanic/Latino artwork in Imprinted Bodies.
Wednesday, September 19, 6-9 p.m., Lexington Public Library, Central Branch
Festival Latino de Lexington Film Festival featuring Imprinted Bodies curator Sonia Baez-Hernandez’s documentary Territories of the Breast about her frustrations with the care she received at an outpatient facility following a diagnosis of breast cancer. Question and answer session will follow the film.
Thursday, September 20, 12:30-1:15 p.m., Morlan Gallery
Latino/Hispanic Labels and the Language of Identity
Linguist and Spanish professor Phyllis Bellver discusses the language of self-identity among Latinos, Hispanics and Chicanos.
For more information, contact the public relations office at (859) 233-8120 or Morlan Gallery director Andrea Fisher at (859) 233-8142.