UNC Artist’s Work Centers on Immigrant Experience

February 17, 2009

Work by Puerto Rican multi-media/performance artist Roxana Perez-Mendez, which focuses on the immigrant experience, will be displayed Feb. 17 through March 17 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The free public installation, titled “Sin Fin,” will be exhibited in the John and June Allcott Gallery of the Hanes Art Center, located beside the Ackland Art Museum on South Columbia Street. The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. A closing reception will be at 7 p.m. March 17.

In Spanish, “sin fin” means “without end.” In the exhibit by Perez-Mendez, an assistant art professor in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences, “Sin Fin” refers to continual struggle for certainty and hope while one is being torn between a desire to return to one’s homeland and a need to continue on.

In one work, “De Noche Sueño Contigo,” a slide projector hovering in a darkened room carries a manipulated image of Perez-Mendez as a solitary figure adrift on an inner tube in a moonlight sea. The image reveals the plight of the immigrant experience – the endless floating to an uncertain end.

Perez-Mendez received a master of fine arts degree in 2002 from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine, in 2003.

For more information, contact the art department at (919) 962-2015.

College of Arts and Sciences contact: Kim Spurr, (919) 962-4093, mailto: spurrk@email.unc.edu

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