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Alicia Reyes Macnamara @ South London Gallery
7 April 2017 - 11 June 2017
Reyes McNamara’s work aims to challenge incomplete identities constructed by two-dimensional ideas of Latino culture. Her work translates the Mexican American or Chicana identity through her explorations of language as a territory and space to challenge ideas of authenticity within a diaspora. Combining sculpture, painting and video work in the exhibition ‘Nowhere Else’, McNamara investigates key texts by Mexican American theorist Gloria E. Anzaldúa, Dominican American writer Junot Díaz, and Cuban American poet Gustavo Pérez Firmat. She explores the the notion of bilingual and bicultural existence, and refers to the concept of an ‘in-between’ space where identity is fluid and where two cultures and their languages intersect.