Who Tells a Tale Adds a Tail: Latin America and Contemporary Art highlights the work of 19 contemporary artists connected to Latin America and the ways in which their work reflects and interacts with relevant themes ranging from technology to ideas surrounding identity, to broader social and political issues. The exhibition is organized by Raphael Fonseca, the Denver Art Museum’s inaugural Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art, who currently resides in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 19 participating millennial-generation artists from countries including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala and Mexico, have developed work that creates new worlds and realities, inviting spectators to engage in narratives through a multitude of media: painting, sculpture, installation, textile, video, sound, digital and performance art.
Born between 1981 and 1996, the artists in the exhibition belong to the first generation in history to have grown up totally immersed in a world of digital technology, and experience that uniquely shaped their identities and created lasting political, social and cultural attitudes and perspectives. Presenting millennial points of view and narratives via a multitude of media, the artists in Who Tells a Tale Adds a Tail push forward and challenge conversations on violence, domination and destruction of different cultures from colonial eras to contemporary times. Several of the artists’ works present the juxtaposition of ideas and concepts to express contradictory realities in their own lives, while other works utilize historical images, which are appropriated and then inserted into new narratives.