Juana Valdes- Terrestrial Bodies

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Juana Valdes- Terrestrial Bodies

Oct 24, 2019 - Apr 24, 2020
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM


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The Cuban Legacy Gallery at the MDC Special Collections will present Juana Valdes: Terrestrial Bodies, on view from October 25, 2019 to April 24, 2020. An opening reception and walkthrough with the artist will be held on October 24. The artist walkthrough will begin at 7:00 PM.

Ptolemy’s Geography inevitably revealed the earth was a spherical globe, rather than a flat surface. This discovery spawned hundreds of European expeditions, leading to the conquer and colonization of the Americas. In Terrestrial Bodies, Juana Valdes considers Ptolemy’s research, expanding two-dimensional works into large installations that map a connection between the history of trade and the displacement of various cultures and people. Incorporating early cartographies and mass-produced collectible ceramic objects – sourced by Valdes from around the world– the exhibition echoes the current trend of globalization, free markets and labor production while questioning the history of colonization. By placing these found ceramic objects in dialogue with grid-like two dimensional works, Valdes alludes to physical bodies being moved and displaced due to the explorations and discoveries of the New World. Terrestrial Bodies draws on the artists’ personal