Hold These Truths

November 13, 2017 - March 14, 2018

Southeast Queens Biennial

February 9 - April 21, 2018

Scherezade García-Vazquez

Garcia-Vazquez’s Cathedral/Catedral (2014), a work commissioned for the NLE exhibition If You Build It, is an eerie and judicious reminder of the tragedies of migration. Composed of a tower of gold-painted inner tubes adorned with safety ties, airport tags and portraits of Lady Liberty, Cathedral/Catedral serves as an altar to migrants. The work is representative of Garcia’s broader artistic practice. By appropriating and transforming objects associated with travel and migration, Garcia Vazquez creates allegorical narratives of history, colonization, and politics. Using a variety of media, Garcia explore sthe causes and consequences of migration, the inversion of tradition, and the questioning of religious practice, among other related themes. 

Cathedral/Catedral for No Longer Empty, If You Build It, 2014
Inflated inner tubes, gold paint, safety ties, airport tags
8 x 4.5 ft.
Courtesy of the artist
Photo: Whitney Browne