Looking for America: Salt Lake City
The Looking for America: Salt Lake City exhibition will be free and open to the public at The City Library until September 25, 2019.
Are you a Salt Lake resident?
Do you have a tradition, food, place, or object that relates to the experience of being American in Salt Lake City? Add a brief story and make yourself and your community a part of the Looking for America collection.
Text LFAMERICA to 414-11 or visit the collection here to get started.
“Down for the money”
Concrete basketballs, reclaimed hardwood, fabric
“All American — No Man’s Land”
“The Migrant Whale, 2019”
Grey whale, mixed media, 30’ x 96’
“Fluid language series”
Paper cut out installation, 30” x 30” each
Meet the Artists
“I want to believe people are curious about what 'others' are but inevitably keep their guards up till they feel safe with 'others.' Salt Lake City is having an influx of people from other states and countries more now. I hope people’s curiosity sparks more embracing and exploration rather than a building up of suspicions.”
“Social Security Card (xxx-xx-xxxx), Mexican (Passport photo, 1999), Mexican-American (Passport photo, 2017)”
3.75 x 2.5 in, thread, paper, 2018 - 4.65 x 6 in, thread, linen cloth, 2019 - 4.65 x 6 in, thread, linen cloth, 2019
“I often get asked, ‘Where are you from?’ which makes me pause before answering. I have lived in Salt Lake City for 20 years—longer than I lived in my native country—but retained a slight accent that sets me apart. It's only recently that I began identifying as Mexican-American and I'm slowly figuring out what that means.”
“Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?”
Ceramics, gold lustre, ceramic decals, underglaze and metal (2019)
“Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!”
Video documentation of performance (3 min, 25 sec)
Video documentation of performance (6 min, 50 sec)
“Being American in Salt Lake City means being Latinx, Pacific Islander, Native American, Muslim, Asian, White, Mormon, LGBTQ, straight, immigrant, refugee, undocumented, and so much more. We have close to 50,000 refugees, speaking more than 40 languages. But many in our community live in fear of ICE raids. Most live with the hope of being free.”
Acrylic on canvas