Presented by: Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard
Join us in celebrating our 2015-2016 Artist-in-Residence, Salvador Jiménez Florez in his first public lecture on his work, life and inspirations since joining the Ceramics Program. Salvador Jiménez-Flores was born and raised Jamay in Jalisco, México. Since coming to the United States, Jiménez has contributed to the Midwest art scene by producing a mixture of socially conscious installations, public art, and studio-based art. Jiménez received a Bachelors of Applied Arts in Graphic Design at Chicago’s Robert Morris University and a Masters of Fine Arts from Kendall College of Art and Design. His work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally and will be featured in Gallery 224 at the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard Fall 2016.
I am a nomadic artist who journeys through the Americas, creating rascuache art and high art, speaking Español, English and Spanglish. Occasionally, I feel I have a static sense of identity and sometimes I have an inventory of multiple identities. I fit in here and there but No soy ni de aquí ni de allá. I am one, in two worlds.
The move from a rural town in México to a major metropolis in the United States had a tremendous impact on my life. At first, art was merely a way of coping with the transition but later, due to my limited English, art became my tool for self-expression. In my work I document this journey of adapting to living in the United States, all while looking back at what I left behind in México.
The challenge of being bi-cultural and bilingual is that I live concurrently in two different worlds. I have learned to adapt to live in these two worlds, but adapting involves expanding and losing part of who I am, so I often find myself in the middle of these two territories. Everywhere I live, I am a foreigner.
The content of my work is a fusion of myth, history, religion, politics, and popular culture and is driven by my life experiences. I take an interdisciplinary approach with my work by choosing the media that will best fit the idea I am trying to convey. As an artist I feel I have the responsibility to address the issues that affect my community and to create awareness and propose actions through my art.
This event is free and open to both the Harvard and general community. Seats are limited so please RSVP below or email Kathy King, Director of Education at email@example.com.