(Sept. 5, 2012) -- The UTSA Department of Art and Art History presents the photography exhibit "Alien Contexts: Mexico and the U.S." through Nov. 21 in the Arts Building Gallery on the Main Campus. Free and open to the public, the exhibit features photos by Fernando Brito, Alejandro Cartagena, Mayra Martell, David Taylor and Anne Wallace.
>> An opening reception is 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 5.
According to exhibit curator Scott A. Sherer, UTSA associate professor of art and art history, the exhibit explores the character of life on the border by award-winning artists.
Fernando Brito (from Monterrey) documents corpses discarded in haunting landscapes, blurring the boundary between art and photojournalism. Mayra Martell (Ciudad Juárez and Mexico City) produces images taken in the homes of the disappeared women of Ciudad Juárez, where families keep hope alive.
Alejandro Cartagena (Culiacán, Sinaloa) shows images of a tight-knit community in Mexico, where the people withstand the menace of drug trafficking and "coyotes" attempting to bring aliens to the border. David Taylor (Tucson) presents images of the border monuments that have been silent witnesses to changes along the border since the 1850s.
The experimental documentary video by Anne Wallace (San Antonio) demonstrates the complexities of the border between the normalcy of the everyday and the dangers in contemporary contexts.
>> Learn more about related and other UTSA art events, at the Department of Art and Art History website.
Supported in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Elizabeth Huth Coates Charitable Foundation, the exhibition is part of Fotoseptiembre USA, an international photography festival established in 1996 that sparked a surge of interest in the photographic arts in South Texas. Established and mid-career artists, respected civic leaders, energized activists and young shutterbugs have added their talents to a burgeoning pool of avid photographic artists and enthusiasts.
Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Friday; 1-4 p.m., Saturday; and by appointment. The UTSA Arts Building Gallery is at the UTSA Main Campus, One UTSA Circle, San Antonio, Texas, 78249. From Interstate 10, take exit 557 and go west on UTSA Boulevard. At the first traffic light, turn right onto Valero Drive. Turn left onto East Campus Drive and then make an immediate right into the East Campus Drive parking lot. Shuttle buses go directly to the Arts Building.
For more information, contact Laura Crist at 210-458-4391.
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