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Photo of ongoing development wall at Stepping Stones in Paint Carbondale by Armando Silva.

Artwork has the option to tell stories, and for co-curators Vanessa Porus and Gail Embry, their exhibition “Identidad y Libertad” describes the different lines of the arc of finding oneself and fighting as a member of the Latino community.

“I was wondering how we came up with the title of the show, and part of that was… the way you look at it, they consider you a special way,” Porus said. “Being able to get this identity from Latin America, Mexico, wherever you come from if you live in the United States, how to maintain that identity and continue to integrate into American culture, and vice versa.”

The Carbundel First Friday event in June includes the opening of the exhibition and an arts talk starting at 5:30 pm on the launch pad. Embry and Porus will be in attendance, followed by artists Tony Ortega and Armando Silva.



The “Identity and Freedom” at R2 Gallery will also be open until 8:30 pm. Before joining the artist talk, Silva will unveil a wall collaborating with students at Stepping Stones on the side of the building at 4pm on Friday.

“I don’t like, ‘Hey, I’m like a Mexican,’ because it’s still like that, what does that mean? So I look at more things like statistics, so I’m in Mexico. I live in the United States. But I like Ninja Turtles, and it is such an important part of my identity as I was born from any land or geography, ”Silva said.



Other artists known as “Identidad y Libertad” include Claudia Bernardi, Fennell Reiss, and Jose Lopez. The Walls of Hope program has also created two walls, launched by Bernardi in 2014, to give incarcerated immigrant youth the opportunity to express themselves through art.

In a statement from one of Bernardi’s artists, he described how his work influenced the paintings he created.

Art installation “Counting” of “Identity in Freedom” in the Fennel Reiss exhibition. The ceramic sculpture is hand carved from quartz stone.

“For the past 15 years, I have been cooperating with the Argentine Forensic Humanitarian Team in the investigation of human rights violations. “My artwork is deeply influenced by these experiences,” wrote Bernardi. “Not only in the narrative aspect of this piece, but more importantly in the imaginary field of finding images through the search for layers of colored dust.”

Ortega, who will share how understanding his identity is part of his work in Friday’s artistic speech, shared his art with the ultimate goal of promoting cultural diversity, explaining the meaning and timing of the turn.

Ortega wrote in his statement for the exhibition, “As a Chikano artist, my identity, cultural traditions, and geographical background are inseparable from my art.” For many artists and for me, these experiences, our cultural hybridization, our Become a base in the work of art. . The worlds we experience or the distinctions between the ways they connect create a new concept of our identity.

Silva said the community wall at Stepping Stones was built with the intention of making art accessible, and not just in society.

“There is a quote from Diego Rivera that says that the painting in the gallery is for the proletariat and then the wall is for the people. * It also weighs a ton, right? Silva said: “How can you finally get a piece in a community like this, as deliberately as you can get to your place, but then take it to an art talk, a conversation, an art gallery in such a way that it informs you? ? “And he teaches, and he has access to this job. “

Embry, who is not part of the Latino community, said she grew up in a Protestant family and was told she was not Irish because her family was not Catholic.

The artwork “Identity and Freedom” was presented by José Luis López. Kit Leno “Las Teas del Peblo” on cotton paper

“I can relate to that from that point of view. I think it is different for many reasons; but I am connected to that. That identity thing is interesting. Amiri said: ‘I have a nephew who is gay and what does this act look like, or is he afraid of identifying himself, or facing the persecution that accompanies it? “I think the program would apply to a lot of people. If only they would join. “

“Identidad en Libertad” will run until June 25, and this weekend the R2 Gallery will receive visitors on Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm. Embry emphasized that all information contained in the gallery would be in both English and Spanish, and that the gallery would provide this address to its visitors. It will make it more complete.

“Being able to explain who you are and being multicultural, I don’t think the conversation is necessarily ‘this’ or ‘your identity looks the same.’ This means something different for each individual.

You can reach reporter Jessica Peterson at 970-279-3462 or jpeterson@postindpendent.com.