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José Parlá “The Awakening”
Sep 5, 2020 at 11:00 am - Dec 19, 2020 at 6:00 pm
José Parlá was born in Miami to Cuban parents in 1973. “The Awakening” presents new paintings that were created while experiencing significant social change due to the spread of corona virus, the protests over police violence and structural racism that have been pronounced in the U.S. However, at the same time, 2020 with its global instability has produced many new possibilities for a new awakening, which is the concept the artist wants to convey. Parlá’s works have embraced within them the histories, memories, and experiences that Parlá himself lives through in his multicultural surroundings, including dissonance arising from identity politics and immigration issues. The most recognizable characteristic of his paintings is his signature calligraphy that materializes through his dance-like actions while painting.