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Enrique Chagoya

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)

LINGUISTICALLY, SUBJECTIVELY, and territorially, borders are where identities are formed and differences policed, and the current midcareer survey of Enrique Chagoya titled “Borderlandia” reflects the Mexican-born, California-based artist’s ongoing exploration of concepts of identity and difference. The exhibition at the Berkeley Art Museum, which was organized by Patricia Hickson of the Des Moines Art Center in Iowa and will travel to the Palm Springs Art Museum in California this fall, demonstrates that in all the various media in which Chagoya has worked over the past twenty-five years—from large-format charcoal drawings to paintings, codices to editioned prints—the artist has consistently explored the formal and cultural oppositions through which identity and meaning are articulated. By flying under the banner of the hybrid term “Borderlandia,” this exhibition argues that

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