The Lenfest Center for the Arts
Artist's Lecture and Reception: Marietta Bernstoff: New Codex Oaxaca: Immigration and Cultural Memory
Artist's Lecture and Reception: Marietta Bernstoff
New Codex Oaxaca: Immigration and Cultural Memory
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Wilson Hall/Concert Hall and Lykes Atrium
In 2010 artist and curator Marietta Bernstoff began working with citizens of the San Francisco Tanivet, a small town in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, to make art as a way of exploring the effects of emigration on their small rural community. The project continues to grow and over 40 artists have contributed textiles, photographs, engravings and other ephemera representing the emigration experience. The traveling exhibition addresses important questions about the emigration experience: What are the implications for the state of Oaxaca, which has seen over one million inhabitants emigrate to the United States? What is happening to their land in Mexico and the family they left behind? How do we keep traditions alive within another culture? Has immigration changed the way we see ourselves as a culture? Marietta Bernstoff is a curator at the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) in Venice, California and founder of the Mujeres Artistas y el Maiz (MAMAZ) Collective, a group of women artists in Mexico and the USA.
No tickets are required.