February 22, 2016
Silvia Levenson
Identidad Desaparecida
Museo del Vetro di Murano, 02/22/2016

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Silvia Levenson
Identidad Desaparecida
Museo del Vetro di Murano, 02/22/2016

A path between personal story and memory of a country

Venice, Murano Glass Museum
From March 12th to September 11th, 2016

The exhibition, greatly welcomed in Buenos Aires, Washington, Barcelona, Montevideo, Paris and Riga, is dedicated to the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo and their indomitable work to give an identity to the children of the sons desaparecidos, their grandchildren, torn by the Argentine dictatorship off their natural parents and illegally given up for adoption.

"Even if the children of the desaparecidos are now adults, in my work I always speak of children", Levenson explains, "because it is in childhood that the trauma originated, when the soldiers, replacing the democratic organs of Argentine society, took the right of leaving alive or killing parents denying any family identity.” A painful incident, typical of Argentine history, but also personal for the artist, who has seen many family members and acquaintances directly involved.

The exhibition is exposing sculptures, installations and photographs of great evocative value and emotional impact that playing on the characteristics of glass - kiln cast or kilformed glass or as industrial material - suggest the gap, but also the objective analysis of the dealt subject, the torn identity. The glass, essential to contain and store liquids and foods, but also to build lenses, is the indispensable raw material of the artist's work, which in her pieces works for the conservation of the "body of the memory." Common everyday objects as small chairs, mats, swings and shoes are associated with glass knives, barbed wire, nails, tacks.

Completing the exhibition is a site-specific installation: 119 baby clothes in kiln cast glass - so many are the children of the desaparecidos who have been able to know their biological identity thanks to the DNA testing - hanging around the perimeter of the exhibition space into an uninterrupted chain, to enclose poetically and ideally the exhibition and at the same time tangible reminder of the painful and salvific work of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo.

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The University of Utah, 01/17/2017

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will host the art exhibition Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts, Jan. 20-March 3.

Artnauts, an art collective formed 20 years ago by George Rivera, professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, consists of 300 global artists who serve as goodwill ambassadors, acknowledging and supporting victims of oppression worldwide. Their creativity has generated over 230 exhibitions across five continents. Five faculty members from the U’s Department of Art and Art History are members of the collective, Sandy Brunvand, Beth Krensky, V. Kim Martinez, Brian Snapp and Xi Zhang.

Globalocation derives from “Globalocational Art” — a concept used by the Artnauts to refer to their exhibitions in international venues. It is the mission of the Artnauts to take art to places of contention, and this anniversary exhibition is a sample of places where they have been and themes they have addressed.

“The Artnauts could not exist without the commitment of the artists in the collective to a common vision of the transformative power of art,” said Rivera. “The Artnauts make their contribution with art that hopefully generates a dialogue with an international community on subjects that are sometimes difficult to raise.”

Krensky, associate department chair of the Art and Art History Department, had the opportunity to travel with Rivera in Chile as part of an Artnauts project, working with mothers who were searching for their children who had mysteriously disappeared during a time of political unrest.

“When I travelled to Chile in 1998, George and I spent an afternoon with the Mothers of the Disappeared, and the meeting changed my life,” said Krensky. “It was from that moment on that I placed a picture of them on my desk to look at every day. I was so moved by what they each had lost — a son, a brother, a father — and yet what remained for them was a deep, deep well of love. They were fierce warriors and stood up to the government to demand the whereabouts and information of the people who had disappeared, but they lived within profound love.”

The 20th anniversary exhibition at the Marriott Library is a retrospective of the traveling works the Artnauts have toured around the globe. The exhibition will be located on level three of the library. The opening reception is open to the public and will be held on Friday, Jan 20, 4-6 p.m. Rivera will speak at 4 p.m.

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