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Artists Decolonize the History of the Americas at the Vincent Price Art Museum

A Decolonial Atlas: Strategies in Contemporary Art of the Americas features works by 18 contemporary artists and collectives from the US and Latin America, plus a selection of works by Native American artists from the museum’s permanent collection

Ivan Argote, “Turistas (Christopher Pointing Out the South, At Bogota)” (2012), chromogenic color print, 43 1/4 x 43 1/4 in (courtesy of the artist and Perrotin)

Since Europeans first made contact with the indigenous inhabitants of the Americas over five centuries ago, the stories of the conquest and ensuing history have been told primarily from the perspective of the colonizers. Organized by Pilar Tompkins Rivas, director of the Vincent Price Art Museum, A Decolonial Atlas: Strategies in Contemporary Art of the Americas features 18 contemporary artists and collectives from the US and Latin America whose work engages with the legacy of colonialism and challenges dominant, accepted narratives.

The show is divided into four thematic sections featuring video, painting, sculpture, and photography that question exoticized views of indigenous identity; linear, Western notions of time; corporate and state usurping of natural resources; and static, official accounts of history. Participating artists include Iván Argote, Carolina Caycedo, E.D.E.L.O (Caleb Duarte and Mia Eve Rollow), Pablo Helguera, Javier Taipa and Camilo Ontiveros, Eamon Ore-Giron, and many others. The exhibition will also feature a selection of Native American artworks from the museum’s permanent collection.

Javier Tapia and Camilo Ontiveros, “Travelling Dust” (video still) (2014) (courtesy of the artists)

When: Opens Saturday, April 22, 5–7pm (through July 22)
Where: Vincent Price Art Museum at East Los Angeles College (1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park, California)

More info here.

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