Moreau Art Galleries Fall 2013 Exhibits
The Moreau Art Galleries announces three exhibitions that will run through November 1, 2013. The gallery is open from 12 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (574) 284-4626 for more information. Click for a campus map.
Hammes Gallery: "From the Prison House" Lawrence Sumulong
"From the Prison House" is a multimedia project that makes use of sound and photographs to document the experiences of Filipino Muslim female domestic workers. During the 1970s, in response to the poor living conditions of Filipino Muslims, the Libyan government bought a patch of land in Tandang Sora, Quezon City as a donation (wakaf). It was intended to serve as a sanctuary for landless and homeless Filipino Muslims. The result was the Salam Compound, a walled community of transplanted Filipino Muslim tribes that lies adjacent to the affluent and highly influential church, Iglesia ni Cristo. The community serves a transit point for Muslim migrants from the embattled island of Mindanao. Hoping to escape a life of rural poverty and armed conflict, many of the current and temporary residents have come to the compound to seek training for employment overseas. Sumulong was able to spend some time documenting daily life at the compound as well as interviewing several women and their families, whose traumatic personal lives and employment as domestic workers have carried them from Mindanao to the Middle East and back to Metro Manila. For some time now, the community has existed in a deep state of disrepair and continues to lack any form of infrastructure that would uplift the community. This project serves as a piecemeal, but personal way of documenting a pervasive feeling of paralysis and the desire for expression under such circumstances. Finally, Sumulong has interspersed images from a diary that a Filipino domestic worker had kept while wrongfully imprisoned abroad in Saudi Arabia. She was not from the Salam Compound, but her experience is commensurate with a number of tales that Sumulong came across while talking with several female domestic workers.
Sister Rosaire & Hammes Gallery: "Monkey Mind" Shawne Major
Shawne Major is interested in how the perception of reality is colored by dreams, memory, superstition, religion, bias, prejudice, and fear. Her mixed media tapestries, in general, refer to the overlay of belief systems created by the individual to piece together their personal paradigm. Her vocabulary – a combination of kitsch, ersatz and craft materials, junk and personal objects – is reaesthetisized into accumulated forms that serve as metaphors for the build-up, organization and assimilation of information. The personal objects are evidences of pain, happiness, loss, guilt, shame – the material detritus of the everyday human experience
Little Theater: "Wall to Wall" Ann Tarantino
Ann Tarantino makes drawings on the wall that reference lonely figures in unknown landscapes, underwater creatures, unknowable beings, neural networks, and maps of cities real and invented. Her methods include pouring and dropping ink onto a surface or blowing it through a straw to create intricate patterns, using an air compressor to propel paint across a surface, and drawing repeated concentric circles reminiscent of ripples on water, growth marks on trees, or early cartographic drawings of an imagined cosmos. Tarantino references different kinds of systems in her work, from the delicate patterning of nervous tissue revealed through Golgi’s method of staining brain cells, to the emotional ties revealed through contemporary social networks, to the intricate web of parasitic and symbiotic relationships required to maintain healthy ecosystems and the labyrinthine streets of ancient cities.