MARCH 20 – APRIL 17, 2011
PRESS RELEASE (PDF)
Light & Wire Gallery presents an online project by Galería Perdida titled View From Above. Galería Perdida will show an archive of ten public domain films that deal with the nature of outsider curiosity with the country of Mexico as their subject.
The pre- to post-war open-source videos explore a range of anthropological histories and narratives from an American perspective, as they were largely produced by governmental, educational, and tourist agencies seeking to reveal the similarities and differences of Mexican lifestyle and immigration to American audiences. While the films contain a charming lack of didacticism they reveal a subtext full of complications.
The separation of cultures and identity has not subsided; the struggle for solidarity still resonates today. Though some connections have been bridged, the films uncover the reality that little has changed and the two nations continually negotiate their connection and disconnection, understanding and unfamiliarity, welcoming and revulsion.
Galería Perdida and Light & Wire Gallery have performed a collaborative trade of exhibitions. The two shows retain similarities in their context and content, yet lie within different realms of experience. The Light & Wire show can be seen by clicking this link.
Galería Perdida is an artist collective based out of Brooklyn, New York.
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