“Testimonios” Shows Bold, Colorful Works From Non-Traditional Makers

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The rich and colorful exhibition “Testimonios” celebrates non-traditional works created by non-traditional makers. The collection, which numbers in the hundreds, features pieces made from the powerful human spirit in difficult circumstances. With rich colors and richer histories, the show depicts the ultimate triumph of the human spirit. Follow the link below for numerous photographs of this show at New York’s Museo del Barrio.

Pluralism rings proudly throughout the works, both in the diverse media represented and the multicultural group of artists, including makers from Panama, the Caribbean, Mexico and Texas. Spirituality, history and imagination guide the heartfelt collection, each one created from an unfathomable story. In one, a group of handkerchief drawings were created by Chicano inmates in Texas relaying their dreams to their loved ones. In another, female immigrants from Mexico exchange tales of crossing the border by embroidering their stories on used border patrol uniforms.

Learn the stories…

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Author: Camara Dia Holloway

I am an art historian specializing in early twentieth century American art with particular focus on the history of photography, race and representation, and transatlantic modernist networks. I earned my PhD at Yale University in the History of Art Department. Besides my leadership role as the Founding Co-Director of the Association for Critical Race Art History (ACRAH), I am recognized for my expertise on African American Art, particularly African American Photography, and as a seasoned consultant for exhibitions, museum collections, and symposia/lectures planning.

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