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“Guna Dule Woman” by Carlos Villalon, 2006, archived inkjet print.

Photo supplied, Carlos Villalon


“Emerald Tears” by Esperanza Cortés, 2010-2021, crystal, cut glass and glass beads on clay.

Photo delivered, Esperanza Cortés


“The Corona Altar” by Scherezade Garcia, 2020, color / installation.

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“43 For Them / 43 para ellos” by Blanka Amezkua, 2015-2018, several framed photographs.

Photo delivered, Blanka Amezkua


“Dia del los Muertos x 365 (Boyle Heights)” from the series “COVID-19: Era of Masks” by Harry Gamboa Jr., 2020, Fujiflex Lightjet Print.

Photo supplied to The Autry Museum of the American West


“Granary Storage and Ariana” by Andrew Alba, 2020, oil on canvas.

Photo supplied, Andrew Alba

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This fall, the Ogden Contemporary Arts Center is hosting an exhibition from October 1st to November 27th by 24 Latin American and Latin American contemporary artists whose work addresses relevant issues relating to social and racial justice. The artists on display offer local, national, and international perspectives through multiple disciplines, including painting, sculpture, photography, installation, performance, digital art, and more.

“Vida, Muerte, Justicia” is a collaboration between OCA, the Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery at Weber State University, curator Jorge Rojas and associate curator Maria del Mar González-González. The exhibition opens on October 1st at the OCA Center and WSU Shaw Gallery Project Space during Ogden’s First Friday Art Stroll from 6pm to 9pm, with a VIP reception for OCA members from 4pm to 6pm at the OCA Center.

Corresponding curatorial discussions and programs will take place in the course of the exhibition at the WSU. “The themes of life, death, and justice have been inextricably linked throughout history,” said Rojas, a Mexican artist, curator, and educator based in Salt Lake City. “We look at these concepts through the rich and complex lens of Latin American culture, which encompasses many countries, races, and visual languages.”

Rojas and González-González, Assistant Professor of Global Modernism and Contemporary Art History at WSU, have deliberately selected artists at different stages of their careers whose work responds to a range of current issues and movements, including immigration reform, racial justice, femicide, black lives matter, and much more more.

The exhibited artists identify themselves nationally as Mexicans, Colombians, Chileans, Nicaraguans and Dominicans, among others. Important conversations about ethnic and gender identity within this community are also addressed, as artists in the exhibition also identify as Chicano, Nuyorican or Latinx.

This group includes several international and museum-level artists such as Harry Gamboa Jr., Guillermo Galindo, Tania Candiani, and others. Prominent Utah artists include Andrew Alba, Nancy Rivera, Horacio Rodriguez, and the Roots Art Kollective, which will be painting a mural inside The Monarch as part of the exhibition.

Latin American and Latin American / Hispanic peoples make up the largest ethnic or racial minority in our country, as well as in our local community, making this exhibition a particularly significant one for Utah and the art world at large. These artists have played a significant role in exposing social injustice at the local, national and international levels by creating relevant works that inspire action and change.

“Looking back on one of the most difficult years in recent history due to COVID-19 and the global political and social uprising, this exhibition invites the audience to learn about many of the issues that were at the fore as well as the movements that were at the fore, thinking have united us to work towards justice, ”said Rojas and González-González. “By exploring the links between life, death and justice, these artists and this exhibition aim to create awareness, educate, build community and inspire action, while providing space for reflection, grief and collective healing.”

“Vida, Muerte, Justicia” extends from the OCA Center to the WSU, where the work of Galindo and Candiani is exhibited in the WSU Shaw Gallery Project Space in the Kimball Visual Arts Building. Curatorial talks and performances with the guest artists will also take place at WSU, giving students and community members the opportunity to deal with the important topics of this exhibition.

This theme extends to partner events across the community.


Exhibition VIP preview for OCA members

date: Oct. 1, 4-6pm

Location: OCA Center, 455 25th Str., Ogden

Exhibition opening

Date: Oct 1, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Location: OCA Center and WSU Shaw Gallery Project Space, Kimball Visual Arts Building

Performance: Guillermo Galindo

Date: October 28, 6 p.m.

Location: WSU Allred Theater, Browning Center for Performing Arts

Artist talk: Tania Candiani

Date: November 11, 6 p.m.

Location: WSU Kimball Visual Arts Center, Lindquist Lecture Hall, room 120

Curator’s talk: Vida, Muerte, Justicia: Making an Exhibition

Date: November 18, 6 p.m.

Location: WSU Kimball Visual Arts Center, Lindquist Lecture Hall, room 120


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