“Ni de Aqui ni de Alla” by Armando Minjarez


TITLE: “Ni de Aqui ni de Alla” by Armando Minjarez”

ARTIST TALK:  2:30 – 3:30 pm on Thursday 10/23, 210MK

RECEPTION: 4-6 pm Thursday 10/23, The Clayton Staples Gallery

EXHIBITION DATES: Monday October 20 – Friday November 27th

GALLERY HOURS: MondayFriday, 9 – 5.

Wichita State University’s, in east Wichita, is showcasing new works on Friday October 23rd at 4:00 pm. “Ni de Aqui ni de Alla” by Armando Minjarez and his is also doing an artist talk.

The title of this exhibition Ni de Aqui NI de Alla, roughly translated into English as “from neither here nor there, is an expression long used in Mexico to exemplify a type of personal internal upheaval against belonging and displacement, a type of identity crisis that simultaneously accepts and rejects one’s connection to any one particular place and culture.

The artist Armando Minjarez,  lived in Mexico until he was 15 and has now l lived in the US for 13 years.  He describes his experience as “existing in some kind of spatial limbo, a whitewashed landscape in which I must stablish cultural markers or spatial imagery that challenges the invisibility of my existence as an undocumented immigrant living in the shadows of colonization and displacement.”

This exhibition exists as a bright, loud, and unapologetic declaration of this experience, challenging the white spatial imaginary characteristic of our homogenized western visual dogma.

For the WSU School of Art and Design, go to www.wichita.edu/artdesign.