Nao Bustamante: Soldadera - Opening Reception


Nao Bustamante: Soldadera - Opening Reception

The Foundry for Art Design + Culture

November 13, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Foundry for Art Design + Culture presents Soldadera, a multi-media exhibition that marks artist Nao Bustamante’s solo Upstate New York debut. Soldadera presents a variety of projects inspired by the women who fought during the Mexican Revolution (1910-20). Soldadera was originally curated by Jennifer Doyle, Professor of English at the University of California Riverside for Vincent Prince Art Museum. The exhibition Soldadera opens on November 13 and continues through December 4, 2015.

This exhibition is a creative engagement with soldaderas (Spanish for “female soldiers”) as imagined figures, and as actual women with their own histories. Today, we know the soldadera through a romantic tradition that idealizes her: in song and on the silver screen she is celebrated for traditionally feminine values (for her beauty,
for example, or for supportive labor such as cooking and maintaining the camp). In this exhibition, Bustamante deploys a methodology she calls “speculative re-enactment.” She asks: How can we reach across time to know the soldadera’s experience of the past? How do we bring her into the here and now, to experience her future? Soldadera is supported in part by the HASS Flash Grant @ RPI.


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