Artists are simultaneously a product of their society and a force of change within it. Starting in 2010, Eduardo Calderón documented with recorded interviews and black and white (film) photographs a select group of 20 visual artists who have been living and/or working in the Northwest, some since the 1960's, whose work has contributed to the cultural history of the region through a continuously evolving production of works of art. The portraits, interviews and samples of their work will be exhibited in January 2013 at the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner, WA.
At Kirkland Arts Center, Calderón will talk about the conception and execution of the project so far. He will show a presentation of the 20 portraits with brief excerpts from each of the recorded interviews.
This project has received support from 4Culture, Artist Trust and the City of Kent.
Born and raised in Arequipa, Peru, Eduardo Calderón has been an artist and a photographer since the 1970's. He has exhibited extensively in the region and abroad. Calderón is represented by the Francine Seders Gallery in Seattle. His other documentary projects include: Mexican Artists in the Yakima Valley, photographic portraits and recorded interviews of fifteen immigrants who left Mexico and went to the Yakima Valley to work in the fields, leaving behind careers in the arts in their home country; Jackson Street After Hours, twenty-six portraits of jazz musicians who started their careers in the Seattle area during the 1940's, 50's and early 60's; and Indian Artists of the Pacific Northwest, portraits and recorded interviews of fifteen Native American artists working on the traditional arts in reservations in Washington State and British Colombia. Calderón studied cultural anthropology and museology at the University of Washington.more
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