Almas de la Tierra / Souls of the Land
"Almas de la Tierra / Souls of the Land" is an exhibition featuring Alumni Felipe Jasso, Josefina Rodriguez, Rocio Graham, and several AUArts students. It explores cowfolk culture in America. Specifically, the similar archetype that is present in Latin-American countries, as well as in Canada and the United States. The traditional figure of the cowboy appears as a folk hero or a glamorized role model portrayed in books, movies and television, and each country has its own: “Llaneros” from Venezuela and Colombia, “Charros” in Mexico, the Argentinian “Gauchos”, Bolivian “Morochucos” and “Vaqueros”, “Cabalgadores” from Salvador, and “Huasos” from Chile, to mention a few. Through Almas de la Tierra/Souls of the Land, the SpanicArts’ artists address the commonalities and differences of these characters that represent an important part of our cultures. Referencing the diverse garments, behaviours, music, and traditions revolving around these figures. The depictions of the Latin Cowfolk presented in this exhibition celebrate tradition, while others question the male dominated archetype. But above all we acknowledge the rich and colourful cultural background of Latin-America.
The exhibition is located in the +15 Galleries (between the Hub and admin offices of ATP and Theatre Calgary).