‘Fertile Ground’ exhibit challenges gender roles
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‘Fertile Ground’ exhibit challenges gender roles

Bell Gallery multimedia, multi-artist exhibit portrays women immersed in nature The recent exhibit at the Bell Gallery featured numerous collaged pieces, as well as a three-dimensional video installation, all of which challenged social conventions of gender and environment. “Fertile Ground,” an art exhibit showcasing the complex and layered works of artists María Berrío, Zoë Charlton and Joiri Minaya, opened Aug. 31 at the David Winton Bell Gallery in the List Art Center. The collaborative exhibition was largely orchestrated by Heather Bhandari, guest curator and adjunct lecturer. “This exhibition … is about how these three artists conceptualize their identities and homelands in relationship to where they are now (in the U.S.),” Bhandari said. “It also dovetails into the conversation many of us are having as U.S. citizens: What does it mean to not be from here?” The exhibit features an array of vibrant, colorful 2D and 3D art, which Bhandari loosely refers to as “collages,” that feature women in nature. Although united on the same gallery walls and by an overarching theme, each artist’s work reveals their individual personality, heritage and perspective on gendered, cross-cultural power structures through their artistic choices. Berrío’s work features intricate, lively and surreal collages centered […]

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