February 18 – March 25, 2017
Liliana Bloch Gallery is proud to present History Lessons, a solo exhibition by Myra Barraza. The exhibition presents works from two independent but connected series the artist created in 2015: Zenith and History Lessons. The two series explore the passage of time. Zenith, a series of colorful portraits of women, traverses the artist’s diverse notions of beauty and idealism she grew up surrounded by. History Lessons, consists of fifty monochromatic paintings of pre-Columbian sculptures found in her home country of El Salvador. Barraza portrays their imagery in dialogue with present events permeated by the violence and dehumanization of El Salvador in the aftermath of the twelve-year civil war that ravaged the country in the 90’s. The paired series seek to bring the viewer closer to the experience of living in a society full of contradictions that rejects its own historical exploration.
pictured above: Myra Barraza, JAGUAR MONOLITHS (1,270 convicts and 200 hooded special unit forces on 27 buses. Traffic and red light), 2015, oil on canvas, 26 of 50, polyptych of 50 interchangeable parts, each 6″w x 5.5″h