Kathy Vargas’ Opening Reception & Artist’s Talk @ O’Kane Gallery Sept. 28
The UHD Community, following President Blanchard’s State of the University Address, is invited to attend the magical realism of photographer Kathy Vargas. The O’Kane Gallery is hosting her exhibition “Este Recuerdo/About Memory,” in conjunction with FotoFest Biennial 2022: Participating Spaces and Hispanic Heritage Month. The reception begins at 5 p.m. followed by the Artist’s Talk at 6 p.m.
“Kathy Vargas is a prominent internationally exhibited photographer,” said Mark Cervenka, Professor of Art and Director of the O'Kane Gallery. “Bringing a survey encompassing 50 years of photography to Houston provides an opportunity for our students and the entire Houston community to see the evolution of her photography."
The exhibition is a survey of photography from the 1970s to the present. Vargas, a native and resident of San Antonio, creates multiple-exposure prints that are ethereal and intimate, often incorporating social observations or cues from history, including ancestral ties to Mexico and recognition of pre-Columbian cultures. Using film and a darkroom, the artist’s multi-layered photographs express the idea of simultaneous time, suggesting the fluidity of memory.
Read more about Vargas’ work online in UHD News.
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