Inspired by recent social justice movements and local activists and artists fighting for cultural solidarity within the Palestinian movement, one of Houston’s latest art exhibitions explores the meaning of intercultural solidarity.
Known for mounting timely and socially engaged exhibitions, the Station Museum of Contemporary Art welcomed, In the sun organized in collaboration with the Collectif des Artistes Solidaires avec la Palestine (CASP) and the Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM).
The exhibition and symposium were organized in response to the Holocaust Museum Houston (HMH) lack of solidarity and recognition of the struggle for the Palestinians. Many of those who attended the symposium have previously withdrawn their work from HMH. Six artists who left HMH chose to form CASP with “an objective of creating a space between interconnected struggles”, according to a statement from CASP. In the sun was organized through continued resilience and collaboration.
Inspired by celestial mythology and the idea that the sun is the central guiding force of the ancestral connection, the exhibition was made up of a constellation of local artists and revolved around themes of resistance, freedom and kinship.
“We believe this exhibit demonstrates that cultural production can serve as a space for continued resistance and community building,” CASP said. Houstonia. “Through various forms of artistic creation, we can engage, organize, mobilize and empower our communities in the service of liberation. “
The works on display ranged from videos, manipulated photographs, screen prints, sculptures and family photographs. Artists Leticia Contreras and Jessica Gonzalez explore their family history through quilts and video work. Gonzalez also presented his book full of collages, Es Una Lucha, which featured family archive photos and documents that represented the legal battle she went through for her mother’s residence.
Lina Habazi expressed her own internal struggles through the use of manipulated photographs. After discovering the truth behind the Palestinian images she once loved, she decided to manipulate them by scanning them and silkscreening them into prints. Moe Pender’s work used objects and images that were close to them, exploring the battles they faced as children in a world of war and loss in El Salvador. Brenda Franco also turned to photography, telling the stories of Houston communities. that are safe for migrants trying to create opportunities for themselves.
Texas-born artist Kill Joy stressed the importance of art and community, saying “art is one of the most powerful tools for organizing.” In the sun offers an in-depth look at how art engages us and motivates us to look below the surface and continue to fight for a better world.
In the Sun was on view from October 8 to 17. For future exhibitions, visit the Contemporary Art Station Museum website.