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Press Release: Artpace Announces Spanglish Exhibition In The Hudson (Show)Room:
Oct 26, 2005 ?n 22, 2006
Media Contact: Libby D. Tilley
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SAN ANTONIO, TX ? arguing for sensitivity to hybrid meanings and structures, postcolonial theorist Homi Bhabha recognizes that language plays an integral role in asserting the presence of cultural difference and in resisting normative, binary modes of representation. According to Bhabha and other socio-linguistic theorists, language can write culture, allowing a marginalized group to challenge a dominant one?attempts at definition. His texts indicate that through hybrid language, cultures define themselves from within.
Bahba?thoughts suggest the urgency for critical reflection upon the role of hybrid tongues formed along borders. His thoughts inform a discussion of Spanglish
, a language spoken on either side of the US/Mexico divide and by many in South Texas. With Spanglish, speakers define their culture as Mexican and American, not a reduction of one or the other. The Hudson (Show)Room exhibition Spanglish gathers recent pieces by San Antonio artists Ricky Armendariz, Cruz Ortiz, Daniel Guerrero, Ann-Mich¸le Morales, Rae Culbert, Beto Gonzales, Luz Mar’a Sanchez,
and Gary Sweeney
who each offer their own perspective on the issue. Taken together, the included works reflect and explore realities of the language and culture of Spanglish.
The exhibition Spanglish
features San Antonio artists whose recent paintings, photographs, installations, and sound works offer divergent perspectives on the hybrid culture and language of South Texas. Literally and metaphorically, the works explore Spanglish as a choice and necessity.
Artpace San Antonio serves as an advocate for contemporary art and as a catalyst for the creation of significant art projects. We seek to nurture emerging and established artists and to provide opportunities for inspiration, experimentation, and education. Our programs support the evolution of new ideas in contemporary art and cultivate diverse audiences while providing a forum for ongoing dialogue.
Artpace is located downtown at 445 North Main Avenue, between Savings and Martin streets, San Antonio, Texas. Free parking is available on the corner of Savings and N. Flores streets. Artpace is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, 12-5 PM, Thursday, 12-8 PM, and by appointment. Admission is free.
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