Pochismas

Aug 4, 2005 - Sep 10, 2005

Women and Their Work

1710 Lavaca St.
Austin, TX 78701

Phone Number: 5124771064
Contact: Madeline Taylor
Website: http://www.womenandtheirwork.org/wtw_archive.html?itemid=479&thisyear=2005
Description:

Pochismas is derived from the word "pocho", a slang term used by Mexicans to refer to Mexican-Americans who speak Spanish poorly or incorporate English or Americanisms into their speech. It can also refer to someone of Mexican descent whose lack of knowledge or understanding about the history and heritage of Mexico render them culturally impotent. Many Mexican-Americans adopt the term affectionately, thus making it less derogatory. Medina's work navigates the territory between cultures and addresses the difficulties of ambiguity.

Medina's drawings are reminiscent of cell animation or cartoons frozen in time. They are often drawn on handkerchiefs that recall pano arte, an art form that developed as a prison sub-culture. Medina combines cultures and their icons to create a new symbolism for a hybrid world.

Event Type: Exhibition