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Hanes Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Sandra Monterroso

November 16, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Sandra Moterroso, El Aqua Se Volvió Oro, El Rio Se Volvió Oro, El Oro Se Volvió Azul, 2019

“Decolonial Threads”

“For the woman of my race, my spirit will speak”
Gloria Anzaldua

Sandra Moterroso considers herself a multimedia artist because she works in different media, however something is always present in all her artistic practice “performance”; the action of placing the “body” in a conscious state in relation to other media in such a way that her concerns and negotiations about the body-political-body-identity-racialized woman body, a woman who recognizes her ancestral history and takes it to the contemporary space through art.

Monterroso began her artistic career in performance art in 1999. She earned a B.A. in Graphic Design in 2001 followed by an M.A. in Design from Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP) in Puebla, Mexico. In 2020, Monterroso earned a PhD in Art Practice from the Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien in Vienna, Austria. She has represented Guatemala in more than twelve biennials, including the 56th La Biennale di Venezia, the 12 Bienal de La Habana, and the Frestas – Trienal de Artes in São Paulo. Monterroso lives and works in Guatemala City.

She has shown her work in selected exhibitions around the world, including the Museo de Arte de El Salvador (Museo MARTE), San Salvador, El Salvador (2006); Art-Action Feministe: Panorama de la vidéo-performance féministe contemporaine latino-américaine, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2009); Cosmópolis II, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2019); To Weave in Blue, Poema al Tejido, The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art, University of Memphis, Tennessee, USA (2020); and Visionarios, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS), Madrid, Spain (2009).

Her work is included in the permanent collections of Centro de Arte Fundación Ortiz-Gurdián, Managua, Nicaragua; Essex Collection of Art from Latin America (ESCALA), Colchester, England, UK; Fundación Paiz, Guatemala City, Guatemala; Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo (MADC), San José, Costa Rica; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS), Madrid, Spain; YES Contemporary, Miami, Florida, USA; and many private collections.

An endowment established in 1983 through the generosity of Nancy and Robin Hanes supports the Art Department’s Visiting Artist Series. This important program brings both established and emerging artists to campus to discuss their work in public lectures and to offer individual critiques to our M.F.A. students.  The Hanes Visiting Artist series greatly enriches both our academic programs and our outreach to the wider community.  All lectures are free and open to the public.

A weeknight or daytime permit is now required after 5:00pm on weekdays. There is no permit required from 5:00pm Friday through 7:30am Monday. A $1.00 one-night pass is available in selected lots. More information can be found HERE.

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CLE credit is available for this event.

Image: El Aqua Se Volvió Oro, El Rio Se Volvió Oro, El Oro Se Volvió Azul, 2019


November 16, 2023
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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121 Hanes Art Center
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