A Natural Turn features the work of four artists living in the Americas: María Berrío (Colombian, b. 1982), Joiri Minaya (Dominican-United Statesian, b. 1990), Rosana Paulino (Brazilian, b. 1967), and Kelly Sinnapah Mary (Indo-Guadeloupean, b. 1981). Pushing the boundaries of figuration, Berrío, Minaya, Paulino, and Sinnapah create bold and unforgettable images of truth and fiction within both personal and collective histories. Their works exist at the intersection of individual imagination and our shared natural, socio- and geopolitical landscapes—a unique space that mixes both beauty and violence at once.
Surrealism of “traditional" art history is often associated with male artists from Western Europe who sought to challenge aesthetic norms by unleashing the power of dreams and unconscious desires to challenge our ordinary perception. Though it often relied on narrow, patriarchal views about gender and sexuality, surrealism still presents itself as a useful and radical strategy for contemporary artists. Within A Natural Turn, Berrío, Minaya, Paulino, and Sinnapah question Western and Eurocentric standards of beauty, femininity, and womanhood by reimagining the surreal—creating imaginary journeys around the metamorphoses of the body and redefining what it means to be human. For these artists, surreal imagery is useful in that it can at once call attention to the conflicted legacies of imperialism and colonialism, challenge the status quo, and subvert one's experience of reality. Surrealism within this exhibition is a means to interrogate structures of power.
A Natural Turn pushes beyond borders—those defined by geography, nationality, or language—to expand our understanding of the real and the imagined.
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Un giro natural fue curada por Ionit Behar, Doctora en Filosofía y Curadora Asociada, y organizada por el DePaul Art Museum.