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Visual Arts Center Presents Three International Exhibitions for Fall 2022

  • Sep 21, 2022

The Visual Arts Center (VAC) at The University of Texas at Austin is proud to offer three new international exhibitions: Social Fabric: Art and Activism in Brazil, El Otro Lado and Learning Tuscany: Summer Pilgrims.  The VAC celebrates the opening of all three exhibitions with refreshments and conversation on Sept. 23. 

Social Fabric: Art and Activism in Brazil (Sept. 23, 2022-March 10, 2023) showcases 10 contemporary artists who blur the line between art and activism by critically engaging with the political and cultural histories of Brazil. Spanning the artforms of installation, painting, performance, photography, sculpture and video, the exhibition hosts more than 60 objects and unfolds across five galleries within the VAC.  

By refusing to remain neutral—and instead shedding light on histories of state-sanctioned oppression and persistent inequity in Brazil—the artists provide differing approaches toward activism and forge pathways toward justice and healing.  

El Otro Lado (Sept. 23-Dec. 10, 2022) was created by a collective of four Mexican-American artists who use artistic labor to explore the dynamics of injustice and to examine what occurs when humans are labeled “illegal.” These artists attempt to navigate their own complicated identities in relation to their shared familial narratives, drawing upon the ways in which exploited labor and deportation have impacted these narratives across generations and over time.  

The photographs in Learning Tuscany: Summer Pilgrims (Sept. 23-Oct. 8, 2022) were taken by students during the Learning Tuscany summer study abroad program. Informed by an intensive art history curriculum that investigated the historic role of pilgrimage in Italian art and culture, students were tasked with visually examining the contemporary iteration of pilgrimage: global tourism.  

Learn more about the Fall 2022 exhibitions on the VAC website.