Patricia Villalobos Echeverría's sabbatical exhibition Retrace documents her recent participatory projects in Beijing, China; Managua, Nicaragua; and Kalamazoo, MI. Despite the wide geographic and demographic differences of these three locations, each city channels Patricia Villalobos Echeverría's most recent exploration of the role of an artist as translator. Confronting notions of transport, displacement, and memory, Retrace investigates the space where the personal, collective, historic, and the imagined intersect.
Comprised primarily of visual, auditory, and interpersonal narratives, the exhibition Retrace employs storytelling to extrapolate personal histories about displacement and migration—two themes that are best interpreted not through a wide, generalized lens, but rather through singular voices that ground such stories in personal truth and authentic experience. Featuring recordings captured by the artist while interviewing Kalamazoo’s Asian and Latino communities or driving passengers in a Tuk Tuk taxi—an “artifact” that will also be on view—the translations of these confessional stories appear, in their presentation here, to be close and intimate, yet concurrently distant, intangible, and out of reach.
Facilitating distinct forms of conversation and disconnection—metaphorically and literally—Retrace presents complex and potent personal chronicles. Collectively, the immersive environment of the exhibition seeks to shift or alter, however subtly, one’s perspective on the lives of individuals who have migrated or become displaced. Although the pace and pattern of life in Beijing, China and Managua, Nicaragua (the locales that anchored the the project’s initial phase) appear at first to be removed from Kalamazoo, Retrace reconfigures these distant voices—ones that emerge as sometime invisible and other times, consummately in tune.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Patricia Villalobos Echeverría hybrid practice includes prints, photos, installations and participatory projects that pivot around issues of migration, navigation, displacement and transformation. She was born in Tennessee to Salvadoran parents and grew up in Managua, Nicaragua. She received an MFA from West Virginia University and a BFA from Louisiana State University.
Recent participatory projects include Transporta Managua (Managua, Nicaragua) 2017; tukituktuk, (Feijiacun, Beijing, China) 2017; trans_porta sivar (San Salvador, El Salvador) 2014. Recent Solo Exhibitions include DESDOBLES, Malagana, (Managua, Nicaragua) 2017; Memeplex @ N14°06'17" W87°11'59", Centro de Artes Visuales Contemporáneo CAVC/MUA, (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 2013; SWARM at The Americas Collection (Miami, FL), 2013. Notable group exhibitions include International Printmaking Alliance Exhibition, Beijing Taimiao Art Gallery (Beijing, China) 2016; After the Pedestal, The Sculpture Center (Cleveland, Ohio, USA) 2016; I Bienal del Sur. Pueblos en Resistencia, Museo de Bellas Artes (Caracas, Venezuela) 2016; Post-Digital Printmaking. Redefinition of the concept of matrix at Neon Gallery (Wroclaw, Poland), 2015; In Art We Trust - Sol del Rio Arte Contemporáneo (Guatemala City, Guatemala), 2013; PrintEd: HERE, Contemporary Prints from the US, Turkey and Ireland, LSAD Gallery, Limerick School of Art and Design, (Limerick, Ireland), 2013; and the IX Havana Biennial (Havana, Cuba), 2012. Notable grants include the Oregon Arts Council Fellowship, PA Council for the Arts Fellowship, Creative Heights Residency Fellowship from the Heinz Endowment and residencies at Ox-Bow, Artist Image Resource, The Studio for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University and the MacDowell Arts Colony.
For more information on Patricia’s practice, http://www.patriciavillalobos.com
Support provided by the Kalamazoo Artistic Development Initiative, a program of the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo
Frostic School of Art Students and Friends of the Richmond Center Members Preview and Opening Reception, Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 5 - 7pm.
Public Lecture, Patricia Villalobos Echeverría: Retrace
Thursday, December 7, 2017, 5:30pm, RCVA 2008