Mourning and Scars: 20 Years After the War Opening Reception

What: Opening Reception with performances for Mourning And Scars: 20 Years After the War
Where: SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St., San Francisco (between 8th and 9th streets)
When: Friday, February 1st, 2013, 6-9 pm
How Much: free

SOMArts Cultural Center presents Mourning and Scars: 20 Years After the War, a group exhibition February 1 through 28, 2013, curated by 2012–2013 SOMArts’ Commons Curatorial Residency recipient Roxana Leiva. Works of art in a variety of media, including paintings, video, textile sculpture and large-scale multimedia installations, explore the individual experiences of reconstruction and healing in the context of El Salvador’s postwar period.

Twelve Salvadoran artists now living in California and New York draw upon their various experiences and family histories to create poignant works that grapple with the trauma of persecution and exile, and reveal complex personal and bi-national identities.

For the opening reception, Leticia Hernández-Linares will perform her music and teatro infused spoken word featuring the new poem featured in her installation, “Papeleo.” Hernández-Linares’ poetic performance typically involves you, the audience, and the voices and songs of the world she grew up in. She will also perform her song, Hijas del volcán, inspired by Salvadoran presidential candidate, Prudencia Ayala, and Porrazo, a poem that like most parties hosted by Salvadorans will have you dancing to ¡La Bala!

Radio Free Clear Light, founded by Juan Carlos Mendizabal  in 2004 as part of an ongoing exploration into collaboration, language, meaning, music, and sound, will also perform. RFCL works in several parallel disciplines: electronic music, texts and video, allowing each to affect the others in unpredictable ways. They use digital and analog electronics and found sound sources, along with vocals and a variable set of traditional musical instruments in an improvisational process.

Above Image: Plinio Hernández, still from “Fractured Totalities II (De la locura a la esperanza)”, 2012-2013, a mixed media video installation