Spencer Museum of Art Hosts Diego Teo Residency

The Spencer Museum of Art hosts Diego Teo as International Artist-in-Residence through January 05, 2014.

Teo defies simple categorization. Often using found objects and including communities in his creative process, the artist merges site-specific performance with multimedia installation to create participatory environments. His work also blends social engagement with historical understanding in ways that respond trenchantly to local concerns. Still, Teo draws on global themes of cultural identity, inequality, historical memory, political violence, immigration, exclusion, and dispossession. During a recent visit to the Spencer, Teo spoke with equal fondness of time he spent with the Lacandon Maya Indians of Chiapas, itinerant workers in New York, and construction workers in Mexico City. Immersive experiences with diverse communities have facilitated conversations across borders – from the concretely physical borders that separate nations to the socially constructed borders that divide communities living side by side. In this way, Teo’s involvement with local communities serves as more than a research methodology; these collaborations form an integral component of his art. The Spencer invites you to be a part of Teo’s latest project, which promises to inform, inspire, and intrigue.

During his residency, which begins on September 30, 2013, Teo will create original work inside the gallery space, and his progress and process will be visible to the public during regular Museum hours. More information: www.spencerart.ku.edu

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