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Identity and cultural memory focus on exhibit

by Kalamalama staff

 

An exhibition of work by Brazilian-born Cristina Rosa, titled “Cristina Rosa: Recent Works,” has opened at the Hawai‘i Pacific University Art Gallery on the windward Hawai‘i Loa campus and will run until April 29.

The exhibition consists of a series of figurative paintings, prints, and drawings which address movement and emotion through the manipulation of line and color. Conceptually, Rosa deals with issues of identity, cultural memory, and cross-culturalization. She utilizes Brazilian symbols and icons drawn from literature, music, dance, popular lore, and childhood memories to create compositional metaphors that question different aspects of her own heritage and the human condition in general.

 

Despite the specificity of her theme, on a greater level it is easy to transcend cultural boundaries and feel connected with her impulsive figures of vivid color and action. These images evoke passion, desire, anguish, and freedom of expression, sought out and/or experienced by all human beings around the world.

Rosa was born and raised in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, near the Pantanal jungle. Both of her parents are actively involved in art. She has exhibited her work around the world and has published a book titled, The Eternal Return.

The HPU Art Gallery is located at the windward Hawai‘i Loa campus, 45-045 Kamehameha Hwy, Kane‘ohe. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is invited. For more information, call 544-0287.

 

 

 

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