Penn State School of Visual Arts graduate student Leslie C. Sotomayor is both curator and participating artist in the group exhibition Borrando Fronteras/Erasing Borders, on display in Penn State's HUB Gallery, University Park, through December 6, 2015. A reception will be held October 27, 5-7 p.m.
Evoking themes of memory, reconciliation, hybridity and the bridging of identities, Borrando Fronteras/Erasing Borders is an art exhibition showcasing multi-media work by five Cuban and Cuban-American artists working from a broad canvas. Participating artists include: Jorge Elias Gil, Lino R. Menendez Loynaz, Yuniel Castillo Delgado, Karina Bermudez Ortiz and Sotomayor.
Despite the expanding Cuban and Cuban-American population in the United States, there is little acknowledgement of Cuba’s rich hybrid ethnic identities and very little awareness of Cuban-American culture beyond a few urban centers. Migration produces a fluid and often non-linear culture with multiple origins and connections that expand beyond geographical borders. As U.S. and Cuban relations continue to shift and significantly impact each other’s cultures and politics, conversations continue to emerge around diaspora.
This exhibit is the culmination of collaborations and conversations between the artists who together apply their life experiences to explore themes of identity and migration and to offer a cultural exchange that bridges these seemingly disparate communities.
Click here for a recent Centre Daily Times feature on the exhibition.