02 Dec 2019

Ferrocarril Subterraneo

No Nada Galeria

Reviewed by Lani Asher

Joe Lewis's show at No Nada Galeria, "Ferrocarril Subterraneo," links the storied Underground Railroad to the contemporary journey of refugees fleeing violence today in the Americas. Woodcuts of slave ships and their human cargo from the 1800s show the brutal Middle Passage, a touchstone for many African-American artists. Lewis sources images of the U.S.-Mexico border from the Internet, executes them as diagrammatic woodcuts, prints digital enhancements of them on unframed white linen, and accents them with embroidery. The jagged edges of the linen and the handwork give a human dimension to this No Man's Land of border patrols, bodies hidden inside trucks, surveillance equipment, fences, immigrant tent cities, and deserts along the Rio Grande.

Joe Lewis's handsome work points to both the depth of human suffering and the incandescent hope for a better life. Each work helps the viewer navigate a way through the darkness, using beauty, tragedy, and history as guideposts.

Exhibition Ferrocarril Subterraneo
Start date 09 Nov 2019 (34 days ago)
End date 04 Dec 2019 (9 days ago)
Presenter No Nada Galeria link
Venue Miguel Hidalgo 1204, Zona Feb 10 2015, Centro, Oaxaca de Juárez, MEX map
Image Joe Lewis, Frieghtliner, 2019, digital print on linen with embroidery, 36 x 36 inches, photo by Lani Asher
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