Their Freedom of Expression
Kala Art Institute is proud to announce FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, an exhibition of the work of Enrique Chagoya. Co-Curated by Peter Selz and Sue Kubly, Freedom of Expression is a survey of Chagoya’s artwork from the past thirty years, including large charcoal and pastel drawings, prints, codices and three-dimensional objects, many of them completed since 2000.
Chagoya's work incorporates historic and political subject matter to cast new interpretations of Mexico's history and current political events. It follows in the grand tradition of the great 20th Century Mexican muralists; But it is most indebted to the legendary exponents of art of social satire: José Guadalupe Posada and Francisco Goya.
His work invokes elements of pre-Columbian mythology, western religious iconography, and American popular culture, to address issues of Colonial conquest and its destructive wake, the problems of the border and the legacy of Mesoamerican culture. Chagoya approaches these subjects with a sharp but playful visual and verbal language, fusing a sense of irony with an incisive political and personal commentary. His innovative use of traditional media adds poignancy and surprise to his work, which are hallmarks of his art practice.
Highlights of this show include the iconic 1984 piece, Their Freedom of Expression…The Recovery of Their Economy, and Recession Watchdog. Other featured works include Chagoya’s Homage to Goya II: Disasters of War, intaglio prints, as well as other lithographs, silkscreen prints, and digital prints.
The exhibition of Freedom of Expression and related programs are generously funded by the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation.