Artist Yancy Villa-Calvo will discuss “Barrier Free,” her socially engaged art installation on display in Crosstown Concourse’s Central Atrium. A Q&A will follow. The talk will take place in front of the installation.
Barrier Free is a portion of a socially engaged art installation designed for the Latino Memphis Festival by Yancy Villa-Calvo. The installation is on view through June 5th.
Building on the current and controversial idea of the proposed wall along the US-Mexico border, the installation aims to create awareness and encourages viewers to pause, reflect, and act.
The installation attempts to be inclusive and open to interpretation. Symbols make reference to barriers around nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation and identity, gender, and socioeconomic aspects. This project is less about the actual wall and more about the systematic attempts to divide individuals, families, and communities.