SMU's Pollock Gallery presents "Acts of Aggression" opening reception

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SMU's Pollock Gallery presents Acts of Aggression
Manuel Chavajay, Oq Ximtali, 2017. Video performance, 3 min. Photo courtesy of Manuel Chavajay

The Pollock Gallery of the Division of Art at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts will present the exhibition, “Acts of Aggression: An Exhibition About Community,” curated by Laura A. L. Wellen, Ph.D.

With objects, images, texts and social projects by 11 contemporary artists from Guatemala, “Acts of Aggression” considers the many ways people construct and process experiences of community, especially within dystopic day-to-day realities. From processes of remembrance, solitude, play, misunderstanding, collaboration and care, people experience myriad forms of interaction with others.

Through these shifting points of contact, connection and disconnection, humans outline the ever-changing parameters of their communities and define their own situations within them. Working 20 years after the official end of Guatemala’s civil war, the artists in “Acts of Aggression” navigate the reconciliation of historic brutality with ongoing violence, challenge political amnesia, care for themselves and others, and build strategies for working through and around disastrous systemic failures.

“Acts of Aggression” looks to small gestures, conversations and ways of being to suggest their deep political relevance and argues that people’s attempts (and failures) to connect to each other constitute a resilience that has significant ramifications for how one might face current aggressions. Participating artists include Hellen Ascoli, Esvin Alarcón Lam, Edgar Calel, Manuel Chavajay Moralez, Margarita Figueroa, Jorge de León, Reyes Josué Morales, Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, Gabriel Rodríguez Pellecer, Mario Santizo and Inés Verdugo. The exhibition is accompanied by a bilingual (English/Spanish) catalogue.

Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on view through October 14.

Event Details



Pollock Gallery
6116 N. Central Expy. Suite 101
Dallas, TX 75206


Ticket Info

Admission is free.