American Dreams: The Art of Cornelio Campos
August 1 - October 15, 2011 | FedEx Global Education Center 301 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill
Public Reception: September 8, 2011 | 7:00 PM
Modern yet traditional, and deeply personal, the paintings of Cornelio Campos illustrate complex realities of migrant life that are often concealed. A Mexican-born artist now residing in the U.S., Campos shares emotions and explores contemporary political issues, such as immigration, the U.S.-Mexico border and cultural identity.
Other works in this exhibition highlight earlier experiences of the history and culture of his indigenous roots using a folkloric art style. These paintings represent everyday scenes of Mexican life, such as selling handmade crafts, connecting with family and celebrating religious traditions.
Through vibrant colors and layer-upon-layer of symbolism, the work of Cornelio Campos challenges viewers to contemplate the American dreams of many, including their own.
This exhibition is hosted by UNC Global, the UNC Department of Geography and the North Carolina State University Interdisciplinary Studies Department.