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2 Hermanos Lejanos: El Gran Despecho

May  15 - September  12, 2015

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Carlos and Victor Cartagena

2 Hermanos Lejanos: El Gran Despecho

Check out this beautiful interview in Spanish with Los Hermanos Cartagena and Chelis Lopez - sponsored by Community Media Center of Marin.


May 15 - September 12, 2015

"If I am an expatriate, you are an ex-country." ~Roque Dalton

Exhibition Reception: Friday, May 15, 2015 6:00PM-9:00PM

Brothers Victor and Carlos Cartagena emigrated from El Salvador during the protracted civil war, which saw close to a quarter of the small Central American nation's population flee. The Cartagenas are included among those El Salvador terms its hermanos lejanos, and part of a generation whose possibilities were shaped by loss and the conflicting emotions of desire and disappointment. 

Working both collaboratively and in a conversational exchange, Victor and Carlos Cartagena's works traverse a frontera of multiple realities, countries that don't exist, national boundaries that fracture families, the disappeared and the intimately near. 

This exhibition is created in dialogue with ANDARES, a multidisciplinary performance collaboration of ABD Productions and the musicians of El Salvador's Mezoamerika, which will premier at the San Francisco International Arts Festival, May 29-31, 2015.


Exhibition Reception: Friday, May 15, 2015 6:00PM-9:00PM
and a community discussion of the experience of being hermanos lejanos

 Reception with the Cartagenas and the artists of MezoAmerika: Monday, May 25, 2015 5:00PM-7:00PM 
Please join us for a vibrant discussion of this international collaboration. How do we work across borders and disciplines?


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1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103


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