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Detention at the Border of Language and more art by Enrique Chagoya

Detention at the Border of Language, 2019
22 x 30 inch (h x w)
Color Lithograph

“In this work I defang the stereotypes of Native Americans depicted as primitive savages in the painting by Wimar. The mask and the Mayan head team up with a third character to form a fictitious, original, trans-continental Border Patrol. This work is a humorous reminder that all nations in the Americas were created by undocumented immigrants from Europe. Today, some politicians call refugees from Central America and other countries “illegal aliens” but for me they are no different from the Pilgrims or Daniel Boone’s daughter. Xenophobia goes against the spirit of this great country I immigrated to and adopted as my home when I became an American citizen.” Enrique Chagoya

Enrique Chagoya makes paintings and prints about the changing nature of culture. His work is full of irreverent humor and uses a satirical viewpoint for religious and economic criticism and philosophic reflection.
Drawing from his experiences living on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border in the late 70’s, and also in Europe in the late 90’s, Enrique Chagoya juxtaposes secular, popular, and religious symbols in order to address the ongoing cultural clash between the United States, Latin America and the world as well. He uses familiar pop icons to create deceptively friendly points of entry for the discussion of complex issues. Through these seemingly harmless characters Chagoya examines the recurring subject of colonialism and oppression that continues to riddle contemporary American foreign policy.
Chagoya was born and raised in Mexico City. As a young adult, Chagoya enrolled in the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, where he studied political economy and contributed political cartoons to union newsletters. He relocated to Veracruz and directed a team focused on rural-development projects, a time he describes as “an incredible growing experience…[that] made me form strong views on what was happening outside in the world.” This growing political awareness would later surface in Chagoya’s art. At age 26, Chagoya moved to Berkeley, California and began working as a free-lance illustrator and graphic designer. Disheartened by what he considered to be the narrow political scope of economics programs in local colleges, Chagoya turned his interests to art.
In 2000, Chagoya became a citizen of the United States. He is currently Associate Professor of Art at Stanford University where he received the Dean's Award in the Humanities in 1998. In 2013, ARTIUM, Basque Centre-Museum of Contemporary Art presented the exhibition Cannibal Palimpsest, Chagoya’s first exhibition in a European museum.



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other works by Enrique Chagoya

Detention at the Border of lan..., 2019
22 x 30 inch (h x w)
Color Lithograph

The Thingly Thingness of Thing..., 2013
22.3 x 30 inch (h x w)
Color Lithograph

The Pastoral or Arcadian State..., 2006
23.8 x 39 inch (h x w)
Color Lithograph

La Portentosa Vida de la Muert..., 2003
17 x 14 inch (h x w)
Color Lithograph with Chine Colle

La Portentosa de la Muerte II, 2008
17 x 14 inch (h x w)
Color Lithograph

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more from The McIninch Art Gallery

Detention at the Border of lan..., 2019
22 x 30 inch (h x w)
Color Lithograph

The Thingly Thingness of Thing..., 2013
22.3 x 30 inch (h x w)
Color Lithograph

The Pastoral or Arcadian State..., 2006
23.8 x 39 inch (h x w)
Color Lithograph

La Portentosa Vida de la Muert..., 2003
17 x 14 inch (h x w)
Color Lithograph with Chine Colle

La Portentosa de la Muerte II, 2008
17 x 14 inch (h x w)
Color Lithograph

Pages

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