News Release| "Against Fear and Terror"; Cal State L.A.

August 3, 2011

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‘Against Fear and Terror: Una Nueva Conciencia Sin Fronteras’

CSULA Fine Arts Gallery features art exhibition by local artists

Los Angeles, CA -- As part of the 2011 Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS) Summer Institute, Cal State L.A. presents an art exhibition in its Fine Arts Gallery, featuring works by renowned artists Karina Oliva Alvarado, Margaret “Quica” Alarcon, and Lilia “Liliflor” Ramirez.

The exhibition opens this evening, Aug. 3, with a reception at 6 p.m., and runs for two weeks, from Aug. 11-20. The gallery is open noon to 5 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

The trio selected works that relate to the theme, “Against Fear and Terror: Una Nueva Conciencia Sin Fronteras”—braiding together love, resistance, life experiences, reciprocity, sensibility, histories, spirituality and courage.

Alvarado was born in El Salvador and grew up in the Los Angeles region of Pico Union. She strives to recreate a space and the experience of peace in her paintings through the concept of “vision,” meaning, to “look beyond the ordinary and beyond our social, physical and other boundaries and constraints in seeking to decolonize ourselves.”

Alarcon is a professional artist, teacher and community arts activist from East Los Angeles.  Her current body of artwork reconnects everyday life to the sacred as an act of nonviolent, socio-political resistance. Her area of meditative research involves discovery and release of feminine traumas and spiritual moments inspired by a healing sisterhood of indigenous ceremonies and practices, ancient symbols, and concepts of meditation. 

Ramirez is an artist and cultural educator. Her current artworks illustrate her quest in finding her tonal, the center of existence. Through color and canvas, Ramirez applies traditional elements of her ancestors with an L.A. urban experience sharing her dreams, frustrations, and love of humanity—as an act of healing.

The 2011 MALCS Summer Institute, which will be take place Aug. 3-6 on the CSULA campus, will feature lectures, workshops, seminars and various social activities.

MALCS—also known as Women Active in Letters and Social Change—is an organization of Chicanas/Latinas and Native American women working in academia and in community settings with a common goal: to work toward the support, education and dissemination of Chicana/Latina and Native American women’s issues.

The University is located at the Eastern Avenue exit, San Bernardino Freeway, at the interchange of the 10 and 710 freeways. Public (permit dispensers) parking is available on the top level of Parking Structure C. For campus maps and directions: /univ/maps/cslamap.php.  

MALCS Art Exhibition: “Against Fear and Terror: Una Nueva Conciencia Sin Fronteras”

Opening reception:   Wednesday, August 3, 2011, 6-7:30 p.m.

Gallery Hours:         noon-5 p.m., Thursday to Saturday, August 11-August 13.

                                noon-5 p.m., Thursday to Saturday, August 18-August 20.

Gallery Location:     The Fine Arts Gallery is located on the northeast corner of the CSULA campus, in the Fine Arts Building, Bldg. 9 (a three-story brick structure)

For more information, contact the Department of Chicano Studies at CSULA, (323) 343-2190.

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