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FRIEDAcommunity – A closer look: Manuel Hernandez
October 6 @ 6:00 pm - November 19 @ 3:00 pm
FRIEDAcommunity is proud to announce Manuel Hernandez first solo show and first exhibition in Philadelphia.
The artist was born in Iztapalapa, Mexico City, before migrating as a child to the USA. Hernandez paints large-scale works that integrate Aztec mythology, indigenous traditions, and symbolism, with contemporary life. The resulting paintings are shaped like hide paintings and scaled the size of fresco murals, anchoring his work in Native American graphic art traditions, and breaking away from European practices.
Opening reception: Friday, October 6, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Hernandez’s powerful imagery and lexicon contributes to rewriting the History of the colonization of the land we inhabit, known as the USA. Hernandez’ look at the past reconnects the artist with his ancestors and indigenous roots from a Latinx perspective. His allegories of the inspirational brown leaders he finds in the community are a call to indigenous peoples to rise for Truth, Justice, and against racism.