Liliana Bloch Gallery presents Mayra Barraza: "History Lessons" opening reception
Liliana Bloch Gallery will present "History Lessons," a solo exhibition by Mayra Barraza. The exhibition presents works from two independent but connected series the artist created in 2015: “Zenith” and “History Lessons.”
The two series explore the passage of time. “Zenith,” a series of colorful portraits of women, traverses the artist’s diverse notions of beauty and idealism she grew up surrounded by. “History Lessons,” consists of 50 monochromatic paintings of pre-Columbian sculptures found in her home country of El Salvador.
Barraza portrays their imagery in dialogue with present events permeated by the violence and dehumanization of El Salvador in the aftermath of the 12-year civil war that ravaged the country in the '90s. The paired series seek to bring the viewer closer to the experience of living in a society full of contradictions that rejects its own historical exploration.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display through March 25.