Salina Almanzar, Nosotros Venceremos, mixed media, 2019
Artist’s Reception: September 12, 2019 - 5 - 7:30 p.m.
Artist in Conversation with the Director: September 12, 2019 - 6 p.m.
Additional Programming: People & Stories / Gente y Cuentos, October 10, 2019 - 5:30-7:30
The first exhibition for the academic year 2019-2020 will be the multimedia work of the Puerto Rican and Dominican artist Salina Almanzar. Almanzar, an educator, writer, social justice advocate, makes works based upon her personal experience and family history as a second-generation Latina. Almanzar draws upon oral and documented family history to make complex images that reference Latin American artmaking traditions as well as Catholic iconography. Her multimedia art examines the intersections of Latinidad, feminism, decolonial practice, and Taino spirituality. She is specifically interested in what it means to be ni de aqui y ni de alla, meaning being part of a diaspora that is between spaces and between cultures. Almanzar incorporates layers of textiles and stitching and other media over photographs that are often primary sources of information. Almanzar’s work reflects her lived experience as well as her striving to understand her place in the family and the world.
At Rider University, Almanzar’s work will be a touchstone for our efforts to mount programming and exhibitions that reflect our diverse student body. Amanzar’s works offer the possibility to open a dialog on campus about identity and personal narrative through additional programming and class visits. As is traditional the gallery will host an opening reception followed by the artist in conversation with the director.
This exhibition is made possible by additional funding from the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission.
Additional Programming People & Stories / Gente y Cuentos
People & Stories / Gente y Cuentos works to create a more equitable society by inviting new audiences to experience our humanistic, literary heritage program. For Rider University People & Stories / Gente y Cuentos has created a two-hour program open to the public. Seating is limited. Register for this event