Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Art as Activism: Intervention artist Rolando Chang Barrero In Ripped from the Headlines at F.A.T. Village


Art as Activism: Intervention artist
Rolando Chang Barrero
at
The PROJECTS Contemporary Art Space presents 
"RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES"
an exhibition curated by Elle Schorr

About Rolando Chang Barrero:

"Rolando Chang Barrero is an artist who has been producing contextual installations, films, video, and political interventions for over 35 years. His work references his personal experiences as dimensional human being that happens to be a visual artist, an AIDS/HIV activist, hispanic community leader, brain cancer survivor, a political activist and advocate for centrism in the Democratic Party, and is host of the first bilingual cable television talk show in Palm Beach County.

You are invited to attend:
“Ripped From The Headlines” will open with a #previewreception at Fatvillage Projects on Friday, April 26, 2019, and will feature 18 artists from throughout South Florida taking on a variety of hot issues, often from deeply personal and intensely political points of view. The goal is to expand awareness, and inform an ongoing dialogue as the news continues to evolve.
Special Thanks to Elle Schorr, curator.

About Rolando Chang Barrero, B.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago
VoyageMIA
West Palm Beach Magazine
South Florida Gay News
The Box Gallery

Contact: PalmBeachFineArtGallery@gmail.com


"This is a Body Bag, not a School Supply"
from the series: School Supplies for the Next Generation by Rolando Chang Barrero


"Student Toe Tags"
from the series: School Supplies for the Next Generation by Rolando Chang Barrero

Artist Statement: 


This work is meant to disturb you. It should anger you and maybe shame you into action. These are not times that I am concerned about you, nor your response to my work! What you see is my response to the inaction of our country and the possibility of normalizing events that should not have occurred, but did.

Yes, pick your “safe space” and  “sit down if you need to” because I blame you and me.It is easy to blame the country, the government, the boogeymen, as if we are not the country, nor the government! We are all responsible for the senseless murders- because we have become the complacent boogeymen we refer to in the third person. Our complacency makes us complicit and hence guilty. It is high time we begin to realize what the future in this country can look like if we remain the ineffective complicit citizens. 

We live and work in a country where we have for too long accepted that sales and profit margin’s have become more important than the very lives of our children, than the lives of our friends, then that of our very sisters and brothers. We have looked the other way far too  long, we have knowingly voted between lobby groups and corporations (aka Democrats/Republicans) instead of statesmen and humanitarians convincing ourselves  we are good citizens because we vote like lemmings for “our party.” 

You are welcomed to dismiss my rants, my slogans , my call to action, my anger, feel free to look the other way, to walk away, to wrap yourself in the American flag while touting your 2nd Amendment right, you are welcomed to not consider GUN REFORM, but please fill out a toe tag and select the right size body for your for your child, for your niece or nephew, for your brother and or sister, etc., before you go—It makes identifying their bodies easier as we sort them at the morgue next time. 

We are responsible to stop the massacre…remember its our complacency that makes us complicit. 




“Ripped From The Headlines” will explore these realities from the viewpoints of artists taking on a variety of hot issues, often from deeply personal and intensely political points of view. The goal is to expand awareness, and inform an ongoing dialogue as the news continues to evolve.

PREVIEW
Friday, April 26, 6- 9pm

The Projects Contemporary Art Space

in the heart of the FATVillage Arts District
523 NW 1st Ave, Ft Lauderdale FL 33301



ARTISTS / CURATOR TALKS:

Sunday, June 9, 3:30 - 5:30pm

Talks begin promptly at 4:00pm

Selected other works by Rolando Chang Barrero include:



Visit Cuba


Ruth an Guy from the series "Lest We Forget" 


Tarred and Feathered
Detail of Frack Baby

Frack Baby















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