Local Histories: The Ground We Walk On

María DeGúzman invites anyone in the Raleigh-Durham area, North Carolina, or with friends and colleagues in and around RDU to join her at the opening of

Local Histories: The Ground We Walk On

an exhibition of over 50 artists from across the U.S. exploring Alfredo Jaar’s idea that “place cannot be global,” curated by artist Elin o’Hara Slavick + art historian Carol Magee, Professors in the Art Department at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

January 28 – April 29, 2011
OPENING RECEPTION: February 11, 5-9 pm
523 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 USA (formerly the Chapel Hill Museum)
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 2-7pm; Saturday 12-7pm; closed Sunday + Monday

This inaugural exhibition at Chapel Hill’s new temporary art space at 523 E. Franklin Street addresses issues of histories and institutions of communities, family, place; commemorative responses; heroes; folklore and buried truths; traditions; memory/nostalgia; longing/loss; progress/development; the intersection of the local and global, and social, legal, political events as they pertain to, influence and construct local histories.
The show is a group exhibition featuring visual art, video, installations and performance art by 50+ artists. Exhibition and events are free and open to the public.

About María DeGúzman

María DeGuzmán, conceptual photographer and associate professor of English & Comparative Literature, Director of Latina/o Studies at University of North Carolina, USA, was working with Jill Casid as SPIR, a queer feminist partnership from 1990-2003. They produced various kinds of photo-text works, photo-essays, postcards, manipulated polariods etc. Since 2003 Maria has been working on her Camera Query project, photo-text work that poses questions about reality, identity, identification, subjectivity, and agency in time and space. It approaches photography as conceptual performance (visual practice as applied theory) and views the play between visual and verbal signs as media for philosophical and political exploration and production.