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Artist Performance: Leonardo González, La Guerra del Fútbol
Pointing to a moment of historical conflict between their respective nations, artist Leonardo González (Honduras) creates a timely and thoughtful provocation within the setting of Guadalupe Maravilla’s (El Salvador) ongoing Disease Thrower installation. Using Ryszard Kapuscinski’s text La Guerra del Fútbol (1990) as a literal and figurative framework, González undertakes a critical de- and re-construction of the narratives surrounding the events of the “Soccer War”, a brief military episode which, despite its brevity and playful name, provides powerful parallels to ongoing, global challenges of migration, land rights, and the complex legacies of colonization. González will read and reinterpret sections of the text, while pages of the book are removed and folded into a series of ‘soccer ball’ shapes. This performance will be in Spanish.
This performance is being presented at the Institute for Contemporary Art in the True Farr Luck Gallery as part of VCUarts The Anderson’s exhibition of Central American artists titled Stone’s Throw: Arte de Sanación, Arte de Resistencia. Curated by Laura August, the exhibition opens at The Anderson on Friday, January 17th, 5-8pm, and is on view until February 25th.