The UM exhibition challenges social constructions relating to individual and collective identity


Modern portraits by Los Angeles-based artist Shizu Saldamando create new ways of seeing and being seen, making his subjects visible to new audiences and reflected in contemporary culture.

“When it’s all over / Cuando Esto Termine” will be playing from November 2 to December 2. 10 at the Institute for the Humanities Gallery at the University of Michigan.

The subjects of Saldamando’s portraits are often overlooked communities of color, punks, artists, friends, family, activists and queers. Working from informal snapshots, she fuses painting and collage, often using origami paper, glitter or gold leaf in her compositions, many of which are painted on wood or found surfaces.

Saldamando’s practice is influenced by hip-hop, punk rock and the post-punk era. His deep roots in the artist LatinX and the queer club scene of Los Angeles are as much an integral part of his work as his family’s history of incarceration in Japanese internment camps in the United States during World War II. .

“Each work feels close, immediate, intimate, honoring family, friends and peers in her own creative community, those she admires and appreciates,” said Amanda Krugliak, curator of the Institute for the Humanities Gallery. “It’s personal, even during the last periods of social distancing.”

A special evening with Saldamando in conversation with Krugliak takes place at 6:30 pm on November 2 at the Institute for the Humanities Gallery, located at 202 S. Thayer St. in Ann Arbor. The gallery is free and open to the public during the week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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