Opening reception, September 23rd, 5 pm – 7 pm
Curated by Rashmi Viswanathan, “Subterranean” brings together two artists, Jamie Kim and Francis Estrada, whose works show a narrative caught between the past and the present.
Kim’s figurative paintings and portraits are heavily influenced by news and media sources, traditional Korean folk-art imagery, and childhood photographs. She juxtaposes elements from her personal history with those from collective cultural memory, blending seemingly disparate elements into imaginary narratives that feel real and familiar.
Francis Estrada’s multidisciplinary practice extracts from multiple archives. From the American archival footage of its short-lived but impactful occupation of the Philippines to contemporary news imagery of state-sanctioned violence under the current regime of Rodrigo Duterte. Re-interpreting historical archives within a decolonial and anti-authoritarian framework, he re-imagines the lives and times of people placed at the margins of the state.
Rashmi Viswanathan is a Modern and Contemporary Art historian who looks at how arts move across different cultural, regional, and temporal contexts. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Hartford and lives in Brooklyn.
The activities of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance are made possible in part by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support from the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.