The Textiles, They Are a'Changin'

The Mission District is an interesting mixture of old and new. Taquerias, murals, and single-family homes wear the passage of time on their walls next to shiny new condos and trendy cafes. It creates a point where two distinctly different worlds coexist (and occasionally collide). How appropriate then that Victor De La Rosa uses a similar process for his latest art exhibition, "Mi Barrio Es Tu Barrio." The show begins with the traditional Mexican sarape textile, but augments it with today's digital technology to create portraits of current Mission District residents. The result is a mash-up that not only shows the residents themselves, but speaks to the increasingly digital world they find springing up around them. "As the Latino population of the Mission morphs, and the entire city of San Francisco experiences continued change, the ideas of heritage, place, and belonging are continually shifting and blurred," De La Rosa says. "My goal with these textiles is to use images of everyday San Franciscans to give the viewer pause."

Thu., July 11, 7:30 p.m., 2013
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