The Tale of the Unknown Island
Spanish artists Esther Villalobos and Mar Solís interpret, through photography and sculpture, "a journey into the unknown" inspired by José Saramago's book The Tale of the Unknown Island. In the book, a protagonist is set to look for an unknown island that nobody believes exists, only to find "meaning" much closer than he ever thought. In the exhibition the artists seek to engage in Saramago's literary symbolism, visually exploring the themes of memory and dreams, roots and growth, death and notions of renewal, from the perspectives of their own work.
Portuguese writer José Saramago was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998. The author recently passed away in his home in Lanzarote, Spain. The Tale of the Unknown Island as an art exhibition is presented in memory of the author who had been invited to participate in The Frost Art Museum's project to create a creative exchange with the artists and students.