Venezuelan Artist Produces Culture Shock

Mayobre integrates various media in an exploration of shifting cultural norms. (Photo: Cassandra Tejada)

“I cannot connect nostalgia with current reality” is the title of Esperanza Mayobre’s exhibition, located within the Fine Arts Gallery of the Academic Arts Building. Mayobre, a Venezuelan-born artist, draws on her cultural background in this exhibition to showcase the contrast between the society she lives in today versus the past she used to know.

WCC has presented this exhibition in celebration of Latin American Heritage Month. Since our campus includes students from all walks of life, this is a great visual representation of the cultural shock many endure as they integrate themselves into our current society. To top it all off, it’s free to view.

The director of the Fine Arts Gallery is Melissa Hall, a professor of Art History who served as the Visual Arts Curriculum Chair and Arts Department Chair for several years.

“The Fine Arts Gallery at Westchester Community College serves primarily as an exhibition space for the visual arts,” Hall said.

According to Hall, the mission of the gallery is to support the teaching functions of the college with a diverse range of scholarly exhibitions, lectures, and colloquia.

“By providing a space in which individuals from both within and without of the college community can gather for stimulation, reflection, and exchange, the Fine Arts Gallery strives to enhance Westchester Community College’s commitment to lifelong learning and community service.” – Melissa Hall, a professor of Art History

As a Venezuelan-New-Yorker, Mayobre has the rare opportunity to provide perspective on the increasing global nature of the contemporary art world. Her use of materials is eclectic, capturing the attention of many students who roam the gallery halls.

“I think it’s cool how she uses different forms of art, like pictures and newspaper clippings, and sculptures,” said WCC student Isabella D’Alto. “The objects in her pictures are interesting, and I feel like I’m in her mind.”

According to WCC student Kathleen Larsen, the artist’s style is different.

“I didn’t know about her before, but I think it’s cool to see how she’s like showing off some of her culture with the art,” Larsen said. “I’m Peruvian so it’s cool to see how different life is in different Hispanic countries.”

Mayobre’s work represents the shift in art style within the 21st century. As technology increases, so does access to global communication; ideas are being shared and cultural diffusion is now the norm. Her topic of displacement is relatable, as many on our diverse campus might say.

Additionally, there will be a gallery talk on Wednesday, Oct. 4. during the common hour from 11a.m.-1p.m.

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