New Urbano Project Exhibition, ‘Wandering in the Land of Oblivion,’ Responds to Forced Migration and Displacement

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Considering current events, artist Contanza Aguirre's new exhibition at Urbano Project is very timely. Her art references thousands of her fellow Colombians who were forced to leave the country due to the drug war and civil conflict.

"Wandering the Land of Oblivion," an exhibition of Contanza Aguirre is at the Urbano Project from November 9, 2018 through January 11, 2019.

The Paris-based artist's exhibition features large-scale black and white works on paper that represent people in movement performing acts of human work and labor. Within her work she looks at emancipation and reclamation.

"The social impact of Aguirre’s work resides in the fact that it acknowledges the importance of art and craft making­ – herein painting – as a meaningful and dynamic representation of the vital need of humanity for freedom and progress,” said French art critic Gérald Souillac, according to a press release.

"Wandering in the Land of Oblivion" is a series of large-scale black and white works of people performing work and labor.

"Wandering the Land of Oblivion," will be at the Urbano Project from Nov. 9, 2018 through Jan. 11, 2019. There will be an opening celebration on Nov. 15 from 6 to 8 pm with Contanza Aguirre.

Aguirre's exhibition is part of the Urbano Project's series exploring the theme of resilience and sustainability. The artist will also be leading a one-month workshop with Urbano Youth Artists with the them of human migration and displacement while "focusing on art making as an act of individuation and remembrance."

Contanza Aguirre's work refers to thousands of her fellow Colombians who have been forced to move due to the Colombian narcotics war and civil conflict.