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Distant Relations/Cercanías Distantes/Clann I Gcíin: A Dialogue Among Chicano, Irish, and Mexican Artists

Main Gallery Sep 7–Nov 17, 1996

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Distant Relations/Cercanías Distantes/Clann I Gcíin: A Dialogue Among Chicano, Irish, and Mexican Artists
Sep 7–Nov 17, 1996

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Distant Relations/Cercanias Distantes/Clann I Gciin: A Dialogue Between Chicano, Irish, and Mexican Artists, 1996
Distant Relations/Cercanias Distantes/Clann I Gciin: A Dialogue Between Chicano, Irish, and Mexican Artists, 1996, Installation view, Santa Monica Museum of Art

This exhibition of contemporary art by Chicano, Irish, and Mexican artists examined the common ground shared by Mexico and Ireland, countries with notable differences as well as profound commonalities. Both countries have developed economically in the shadow of their more powerful neighbors (the U.S. and England); both are characterized by widespread migration; both share a strong tradition of Catholicism as well as deep roots in their ancient mythologies. Distant Relations revealed a rich, artistic dialogue about exile, invisibility, the loss of language and culture, a confrontation with the past, and the emergence of new hybrid cultures. This multimedia exhibition included the work of twelve internationally recognized artists: Willie Doherty, David Fox, Javier de la Garza, Silvia Gruner, Frances Hegarty, John Kindness, Alice Maher, Daniel J. Martinez, Amalia Mesa-Bains, Philip Napier, Rubén Ortiz Torres, and John Valadez. Curated by independent curator Trisha Ziff, Distant Relations was organized by the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England, and the Santa Monica Museum of Art. The accompanying catalog was published by Smart Art Press, Santa Monica.