Black Mirror and Other Third World Reflections
Curated by Claire Breukel, Black Mirror features contemporary works by underrepresented as well as established artists from El Salvador and it’s vast diaspora. Offering unique perspectives on everyday life in El Salvador as well as the impact of migration, these artists use humor, irony, satire and play as tactics to address complex subjects such as gang violence, domestic violence, death, and other after-effects of the Salvadoran Civil War. Representing trade, street culture, actions, activations, and the human form, Black Mirror explores the controversial concept of a “Third World” city highlighting its under-recognized strengths, disadvantages and associated stereotypes. Although considered derogatory, the term “Third World” is re-appropriated here in order to acknowledge the pervasive labor, trade, education, political and social disparities that still exist between the “west”, and specifically the United States, and Central American countries.