Latin American Art
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, UEA, Norwich
This wonderful exhibition is a selection of work from the University of Essex's collection, Europe's only public collection of Latin Art.
It explores relationships between contemporary and ancient art in Latin America.
The contemporary artists have drawn on the imagery and ideas of pre-Columbian and popular art. There is a wonderful assemblance of pottery, tiles, cloth, tin and wood, all of which are associated with the craft practices of Latin America.
An instillation of 16 black-and-white prints, Untitled 2002, by Elisa Brachher, takes up a huge wall.
Chair in Taquile, Peru, 2002, by Paloma Crousillat focuses on a neon pink plastic chair, with the resplendent miracle- working Christ in the background.
Quite incredible in form is the Standing Monkey, Mexico AD1200-1500.
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Like knarled-bleached driftwood, this ape with a sad face stoops slightly. Long elegant toes support his frame, while on one side time has eroded his stomach and back.
Although the exhibition is not designed as a historical exercise, it does make you think about the connection between our past and present.
Two fantastic exhibitions – take the opportunity to wander and absorb at your leisure before the end of March.