The Columbia Museum of Art is proud to present the exhibition Cabaret: Unsung Heroes by artist Santiago Echeverry, on view in the Caroline Guignard Community Gallery from Thursday, March 23, through Monday, May 15, 2017. This exhibition is a series of Echeverry’s three-dimensional portraits of and video art pieces about the LGBTQ community and its allies in Broward County, Florida, where the artist makes his home. Drag queens, go-go dancers, bartenders, artists, DJs, nudists—all are part of a group of unsung heroes that cherish their freedom as Americans and immigrants in the U.S. while celebrating their own individuality.
“In my current work, Cabaret: Unsung Heroes, I am committed to capturing the memories, lives, motions, experiences, and appearances of the LGBT community, especially in Tampa and Wilton Manors, Florida,” says Echeverry. “As a digital creator, it is my responsibility to add a human component to current technologies, exploring how these can enhance the understanding of our relationship to the world.”
Echeverry’s work grapples with the politics of perception and self-invention in the digital age, exploiting the tension between high- and low-resolution digital imaging and utilizing technologies both basic (computer webcams) and advanced (kinetic sensors) to develop three-dimensional self-portraits, animations, and interactive installations.
Echeverry is a Colombian-American new media and digital artist with a background in television, video, and performance art. A Fulbright scholar, he received his master’s degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University. He moved to Florida in the fall of 2005 to teach Digital Arts and Interactive Media at the University of Tampa. Through his work, Echeverry has heightened his visibility as an openly gay new media artist, promoting change in his community through video art, documentaries, performances, and political activism.
This exhibition is presented as a part of The Nickelodeon Theatre’s Indie Grits festival, themed this year as Visiones. Inspired by the rapid and growing migration from Latin America that is changing the face of the American Southeast, Visiones seeks not only to explore different Latin-American realities, but also to celebrate Latinx identities and voices.
“Indie Grits is beyond excited to bring Santiago Echeverry back to Columbia,” say Seth Gadsden, Indie Grits co-director, and Amada Torruella, Indie Grits co-curator, in a joint statement. “As a new media artist, Santiago’s work brilliantly humanizes the stories of the voiceless. We are proud to showcase the stories of unsung LGBTQ heroes for Visiones!”
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