OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:
Tuesday July 29 Opening Reception 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 30th through Monday 4th noon - 1:30 pm
Saturday August 2nd 09:00 am - 5:00 pm
Art as Catalyst
Art powerfully conveys social injustices and imagines a just and equal world. It’s playful and nurtures us. It disturbs us and provokes us into action. Art engages and sustains us. It knows no boundaries and can change our lives.
In a world beyond capitalism we envision empowering the creative potential in all citizens in a participatory democracy. Our lives will be surrounded by art. Schools, parks, urban gardens, worker owned cooperatives and troubled places will be enriched by art.
The art displayed at this “Moving Beyond Capitalism” conference is meant to enrich your experience and support the North-South dialogue.
You’re invited to discuss where in the world economic democracy, public banking, 21st century socialism, cooperatives, solidarity economies and sustainable environments are happening and expand the conversation.
Carolina de la Cajiga
"Intelligent, astute, creative, perceptive, wise people are moving away from capitalism.
Staid, unresourceful, unimaginative, uninventive, moneygrubber people remain in the past..."
De la Cajiga’s approach to art is a balance between reality and imagination, that is why she calls herself an illusionist and a re-interpreter rather than a painter. What you see is not what is. She presents "La Rielera", photos. See her work in: www.delacajiga.com/what-if/
Joan studied illustration and furniture design at Parson's School of Design, received her Masters in Creativity Development at Pratt Institute, and studied painting at the Instituto de San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. She studied sculpture with Lou Trekas in Mallorca, Spain and with José de Creeft at the Art Student's League in New York. She believes that we are greatly more than we appear to be, and that we have forgotten our full expression as spiritual beings. Her paintings are her way of expressing this. Learn more about her in joancolumbus.com
Lee Lee’s work in Haiti explores the collisions between US food policy & Haitian experience. The foundation of the work was created at the Ghetto Biennial in Port-au-Prince and is featured this summer by the Society of Caribbean Studies in Glasgow. It is part of a larger exploration on how localized and sustainable food systems may offer solutions to the neo colonial social industrial agricultural structures imposed by multinational corporations. Her work on hyper local solutions has featured by the International Symposium of Electronic Arts and will be included as part of the Slow Food US delegation to Terra Madre in Turin, Italy this fall. It has been featured in ecoSource and edible Santa Fe magazines. Her work on the environmental impact of industrialization has been featured by the UN Programme on the Environment, the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences, the Museum of Natural History at the University of Colorado, the La Napoule Art Foundation in France and will be included in the Ruhr Biennial in Germany this winter. www.Lee-Lee.com
Arnauts Artist Collective
The Artnauts is an artist collective that uses the visual arts as a tool for addressing global issues while connecting with artists from around the world. The name derives from combining the words “art” and “astronaut” as a way to describe the process of exploring uncharted territory in the world at large (for example, currently the collective has an exhibition that is traveling down the Amazon River for three years to over 30 remote sites). The name also denotes the practice that is “not” art as usual, going beyond the confines of the traditional or conventional art world and blurring the boundaries between art, activism, and social practice. The Artnauts have worked at the intersection of critical consciousness and contemporary artistic practice to impact change for almost two decades with over 150 exhibitions on four continents. www.artnauts.org
Rohana has retired from two careers but not from painting. Inspired by four years of international travel (expenses paid) as a council member of the Subud Spiritual Association, Rohana has chosen to spend 6 months in Mexico in order to paint subjects that she finds meaningful. As a retired minister of the United Church of Canada, and a daughter of a Canadian socialist family, she has had a lifetime concern for the poor and working classes, the "salt of the earth". In San Miguel she finds common cause with many members of the Unitarian Fellowship.
In her art, she combines her love of beautiful, colourful places with her love of ordinary/extraordinary people. As a former college teacher of textiles, drawing and design, Rohana appreciates pattern, texture, colour, line, shape and form in her work but rather than working abstractly she prefers to paint representational images that carry emotional as well as visual meaning. Rohana plans to continue painting and exhibiting in San Miguel, with an upcoming exhibition this fall at the Bordello Gallery. Learn more about Rohana in: www.rohanart.com
"I create paper mache sculptures with the theme of popular struggle, the struggle of women, political prisoners and mostly, about zapatismo. With this exhibition, I try to reflect the admiration and enthusiasm that awaken popular movements, as there is nothing more hopeful than a people in struggle, a people mobilized and committed to good causes, people who gives everything to create this new possible world, as the Zapatistas say, a world where many worlds fit." [he is also a presenter at the conference on local currency]
"I'm a self-taught artist, first sitting at my mother's knee as she showed me how to draw little people, houses, and flowers. As I grew older, traveling through life and around the world, I learned of the many serious social and economic problems that befall the earth's peoples. My social activism became full blown in San Francisco during the revolutionary 60's. I was horrified by the Vietnam war, joined Chavez's farm worker strikes, and marched in many Civil Rights protests. The many injustices heaped upon the most vulnerable etched deeply into my psyche ....and my art.
Noam Chomsky described my painting, "Collateral Damage" as "shattering.". It is my attempt to convey the unbearable horror and pain of war suffered by the innocent. A planned painting is one depicting the huge war profits made by the 1% at the expense of its victims. When we move beyond capitalism I hope to go back to painting pretty little houses, flowers, and people at peace.
I have had exhibits in Mexico, India, the U.S. and Greece. My paintings hang in homes around the world." email@example.com
Self-taught photographer, currently living and working in the city of San Miguel de Allende. She began her career as a photographer with a personal search directed primarily to socio-political issues. She analyzes and explores the human condition through fundamental issues such as the condition of women, the origin, war, sexual diversity, social inequality and violence. Beyond it's simple exploration, her work pushes the boundaries of old concepts to the expansion of meaning, pointing and exposing the knots in which humanity drowns. She had followed the indigenous movement that aroused in 1994 and now points: "I beleive the Zapatista movement has been a very important agent of change in México and the world, catalizing progress in pro of human rights. Only history would honor the role they have played in the construction of a better world" Learn more about her work in www.norma-suarez.com