Cuban artist Alex Hernández-Dueñas at Krannert Museum

hernandez_duenas_P2_ladderOn-Screen: Global Intimacy, an exhibit at the Krannert Art Museum of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, curated by Tumelo Mosaka, brings together ten artists from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and the United States whose works investigate the transnational reach of globalization as a universalizing phenomenon. “Their cultural outreach extends beyond the limitations of physical boundaries and is inclusive of transnational exchanges where goods, people, information, and knowledge migrate across diverse territories,” the Museum explains in its press release. “These artists explore the various processes involved in identity formation and offer competing and contradictory perspectives about the homogenizing force of globalization.” The exhibit will run from August 28, 2009 through January 3, 2010.

The exhibiting artists draw from their diverse identities and histories to explore competing and contradictory claims about the homogenizing force of globalization. Working primarily in video, they project images that traverse national boundaries and highlight the confluence of cultures and technologies that mark our time. The video piece by Cuban artist Alex Hernández-Dueñas turns the simple act of taking a bath into a poignant commentary on the disparities of wealth and control over resources in cities where resources are limited. Artists include, in addition to Hernández-Dueñas,  Tiong Ang, Andrew Dosunmu, Achillekà Komguem, Donna Kukama, Keith + Mendi Obadike, Kambui Olujimi, Hank Willis Thomas, and Fatimah Tuggar

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Image: Alex Hernández-Dueñas, Zona afectada, 2002

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