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UNC Global Hosts Exhibition Featuring NC Artists of Latin American Heritage

August 18 - December 12

Being and Belonging: Perspectives in North Carolina

Being and Belonging: Perspectives in North Carolina, an exhibition featuring the work of 13 artists, will open at the FedEx Global Education Center (GEC) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Aug. 18, 2021. The exhibition, organized by UNC Global in conjunction with the Institute for the Study of the Americas, will be on display through Dec. 12. 

Being and Belonging brings together artists of Latin American heritage from across the state of North Carolina whose work evokes questions of identity, environment and home. The artwork represent a range of mediums, including print, paint and ceramics. 

With over 25 works of art that range in theme, medium and tone, Being and Belonging celebrates the diversity of experiences while also reflecting the realities of a complex, multicultural Southern United States.  Each artist’s distinctive voice is animated by a web of global influences. The artists draw inspiration from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru and Puerto Rico. The exhibition harnesses the vast story-telling potential of visual art. 

The featured artists are: 

  • Antonio Alanís, Durham, NC
  • Tina Alberni, Huntersville, NC
  • Adriana Ameigh, Raleigh, NC
  • Georges Le Chevallier, Garner, NC
  • Gabriela Costas, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Alexandre Emmanuel, Raleigh, NC
  • Lina Fernández Giraldo, Greensboro, NC
  • Gloribel Irizarry, Winterville, NC
  • Leandro Manzo, Charlotte, NC
  • Peter Marín, Raleigh, NC
  • Renzo Ortega, Carrboro, NC
  • Alexander Lee Quiñonez, Durham, NC
  • Tina Vasquez, Chapel Hill, NC

A free public reception celebrating the exhibition will take place on Oct. 5, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the FedEx Global Education Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

This exhibition is organized by UNC Global in collaboration with the Institute for the Study of the Americas. Additional support provided by Arts Everywhere, Department of Art and Art History, Latina/o Studies Program, Curriculum in Global Studies and the Carolina Latinx Center. 

Exhibition and media contact: Ingrid Smith, interim director of communications and events, Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs, ingrid.smith@unc.edu.