A portion of a socially engaged art installation designed for the Latino Memphis Festival by Yancy Villa-Calvo will be on view at in the Crosstown Concourse’s Central Atrium in this week-long pop-up exhibition.
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.
Yancy will give an artist talk in front of the installation on Tuesday, May 30, noon-12:30 p.m. A Q&A will follow.