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My Veins Do Not End in Me, Installation view at The Mistake Room, Los Angeles, 2018 (image courtesy The Mistake Room)

The Salvadoran Civil War was one of the most brutal episodes in the modern history of Central America. Lasting from 1980–1992, the conflict between the US-backed government and a coalition of left-wing rebel groups resulted in 75,000 deaths and unknown numbers of disappearances. A quarter of the country’s population fled the violence, many of whom arrived in Los Angeles, where they formed a thriving diaspora community.

My Veins Do Not End in Me at the Mistake Room brings together work from three generations of one family, providing a unique perspective on the war and the ensuing migration. Juan Edgar Aparicio lost his wife, brother, and daughter in retaliation for his role as a student leader. As a refugee in LA, his painted and sculpted works refer directly to the trauma and struggles of his experience. His mother Maria de la Paz remained in El Salvador, creating dolls from used clothing her son would send home, which were then sent back to the States to be sold. His son Eddie Rodolfo Aparicio uses materials like rubber, pine sap, and found clothing, assembling them into objects that bear the traces of growing up in LA with second-hand memories and reminders of war and displacement.

This Saturday, in conjunction with the exhibition, TMR will hold a conversation on Salvadoran Art & Activism in Los Angeles, expanding on the networks of advocacy and cultural connection that the show engages with. Featured speakers include Madeline Janis, former executive director of the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN); Beatriz Cortez, artist and scholar of postwar Central American literature and culture; and Eddie Aparicio.

When: Saturday, August 11, 11:30am–1pm
Where: The Mistake Room (1811 East 20th Street, Central-Alameda, Los Angeles)

More info at The Mistake Room.

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Matt Stromberg

Matt Stromberg is a freelance visual arts writer based in Los Angeles. In addition to Hyperallergic, he is a frequent contributor to Daily Serving, and Glasstire.