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Presented By: Institute for the Humanities

La Pelea/The Fight

An exhibition by Salvador Diaz

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About the Exhibition
La Pelea/The Fight is a 46-foot panoramic oil-on-canvas. At the center of the “picture” and surrounded by a jeering crowd, the viewer becomes literally and conceptually involved as the one who is about to fight and defend themself. Depending on where the viewer is standing in the space, however, a different perspective can emerge, suggesting that even a public, collective experience is highly subjective.

Like much of Diaz’s work, La Pelea/The Fight brings into question the reliability of the narrator and the complexity of stories, especially as they pertain to the manipulation of facts and suggestions of criminality by the media and those in positions of power. It is timely in an era defined by polarity and politically driven half-truths and fictions, and a reminder that it is the necessary tension of a myriad of perspectives that bring us closer to some truth, rather than the singular view from where we are standing.

About the Artist
Born in 1977 in Mexico, Diaz considers image and information, and how the media and individuals represent stories to a different end. His immersive Panoramic paintings allow for the viewer to be witness, gaining a different perspective or experience depending on the positioning in relation to the work. His work is so original, fresh and contemporary, while at the same time harkening back to the traditions of Mexican muralists like Diego Rivera.

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