Tierra Herida: Printmaking from the Americas
March 8, 2019 @ 6:00 am – 11:00 am
Tierra Herida: Printmaking from the Americas is a panorama of contemporary printmaking in the Americas—46 artists from 20 countries explore the theme of mining from colonial times to the present.The exhibit was curated by Alec Dempster and runs through March 9, 2019.
The history of the Americas and its current reality is closely linked to mining. From colonial times to the present, labor exploitation, the repression of social movements and environmental damage have gone hand in hand with this industry. Recently, large-scale extraction projects have increased with adverse consequences for the environment and the communities where they are carried out. Opposition to mining has grown in an organized manner but violence has also increased in order to silence those voices. As a result, Latin America has become one of the most dangerous places in the world for human rights Advocates.
To raise awareness and generate discussion around the theme artist from all over the Americas have created work on the theme of mining from their local and personal perspectives. The result is a graphic map of the current situation and at the same time a panorama of contemporary printmaking in the region.
The curator, Alec Dempster, was born in Mexico City and grew up in Toronto where he studied printmaking at York University. Soon after graduation, he returned to Mexico and set up shop in Xalapa for a decade. This is where he created the two well known lotería games exploring Huasteca and Jarocha cultures. It was a period of intense dedication to son jarocho music, performing, doing research and recording. His series of 6 cd´s recorded in rural Veracruz, released on his Anona Music label, have become required listening for son jarocho enthusiasts. In 2009 he returned to Toronto to focus on writing, illustration and musical activities, publishing Lotería Huasteca and Lotería Jarocha with The Porcupines Quill. In 2017 he made a full circle, returning to Mexico City where he now has a printmaking studio.