Photo: Enrique Chagoya: When Paradise Arrived, 1988; charcoal and pastel on paper; 80 x 80 in.; di Rosa Preserve, Napa, California; photo: Wolfgang Dietze, courtesy of Gallery Paule Anglim; © Enrique Chagoya. Photo Link.
Entitled Enrique Chagoya: Borderlandia, this internationally significant project was a comprehensive 25 year survey of his work on view at the Des Moines Art Center September 21, 2007 to January 6, 2008. Borderlandia closely examined the parallels and dichotomies of world cultures, particularly those of Mexican and American cultures, ultimately, uniting the two in fantastical alternative narrative histories. Chagoya taps Mexico’s complex history, international politics, various religions, and universal popular culture in witty narratives that satirize and, at times, celebrate the cultural and psychological consequences of more than 500 years of contact and influence between Mexico and the U.S.
The Des Moines Art Center received support for an exhibition and bilingual catalogue of the work of Mexican-born, American artist Enrique Chagoya.
Des Moines Art Center
Des Moines, Iowa