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Wilma Needham: Some Works about Guatemala
5 Mar 2016 – 15 May 2016
Wilma Needham, There is no other way to say this, a work about Guatemala III 1988-1995
The body of work dating from the late 1980s to 1995 includes three large drawings and an installation of lithographs recently donated to the MSVU permanent collection by the artist. These works were previously exhibited at MSVU Art Gallery in 1995 during the Guatemalan civil war, alongside the concurrent exhibition of Mayan garments, Los Tejidos de Mi Vida. Needham echoes Mayan textiles’ form as ‘graphic’ communication, creating a poetics of cultural identity, to memorialize the indigenous Mayan peoples affected by the violence of colonialism and decades of civil war in Guatemala.
PRESENTATION 12 March at 2pm
The artist Wilma Needham, who frequently travels to Central and South America from her home in Dartmouth, will discuss the intersection of peace activism and aesthetic strategies in her Guatemalan oeuvre. A guest speaker from the Maritimes-Guatemala-based network Breaking the Silence will speak about current and past struggles for political, social and economic justice in Guatemala.
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