The Expatriate Archive: Latin Americans in Nashville

Although you may not hear five languages being spoken within a single block radius in Nashville, you can find multiculturalism if you pay attention. Nashville Arts’ executive-editor Sara Lee Burd curates The Expatriate Archive at Mohsenin Gallery. The show features artists living in Nashville who hail from Central and South America, and judging by the lineup, it looks to be quite an eclectic mix. Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 18 for the opening at 6 p.m.

Jairo Prado. Ancestral Fish; mixed media, 36 by 76 by 14 inches. From the artist's website.

Jairo Prado. Ancestral Fish; mixed media, 36 by 76 by 14 inches. From the artist’s website.

Liliana Velez Jarmillo, Skin Containers Ceries; finger prints on wax.  "In this project I present the idea that the body is a space that constructs and at the same time liberates, showing the uniqueness, the fragility, and the ephemeral of it." From the artist's website.

Liliana Velez Jarmillo, Skin Containers Ceries; finger prints on wax. “In this project I present the idea that the body is a space that constructs and at the same time liberates, showing the uniqueness, the fragility, and the ephemeral of it.” From the artist’s website.

Jorge Mendoza, Lords of the Reign; mixed media: drawing, transfer, collage on homemade paper, 10 by 12 inches.

Jorge Mendoza, Lords of the Reign; mixed media: drawing, transfer, collage on homemade paper, 10 by 12 inches.

Burd has roots in Latin America; she was born in Columbia and moved to Georgia with her family soon after. From the press release, Burd says, “I hope this show leads to a broader conversation about cultural identity and what it is like to have homes in more than one country.”

The show will include works by Juan Pont Lezica (Argentina), Jorge Yances (Colombia), Jorge Mendoza (Bolivia), Liliana Velez (Colombia), Jairo Prado(Colombia), Yuri Figueroa (Mexico), and Clorinda Bell (Peru).

Mohsenin Gallery is located at 1917 Church St. in midtown. (Whoa! There’s a gallery in midtown?) The show runs through November 21.

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