Opening reception: Thursday, Feb 20, 6–8 p.m.
WE ARE HERE TO SERVE YOU, a traveling exhibition which began as a collaboration between Puerto Rican artist Natalia Almonte and Greek artist Nicole Economides, focuses on connecting artistic practices from Puerto Rico and Greece that are confronting similar intangible realities. The artworks on view — ranging from multimedia video installations and photography to performance and painting — critically engage with reductive perceptions of Greece and Puerto Rico and infuse ideas of cyclical futility and ephemerality with humor and double meaning, bringing cultural symbols and specificity to activism. They explore the repercussions of being in financial debt to political entities that already control their economies through colonial puppeteering. In debt, but not indebted to, conceptually permeates WE ARE HERE TO SERVE YOU, an intentionally sarcastic title suggesting an assumed foolishness that in actuality reveals our hyperconsciousness.
Curated by Natalia Almonte & Nicole Economides, MFA Fine Arts '19
Exhibition support generously provided by Spectral Masters Digital Imaging
Gallery hours: open daily 12 pm - 6 pm, late Thursdays until 8 pm.
CLOSED Saturday, March 21 - Sunday, March 22 for Spring Break.