Victor Cartagena: Sites/Sights of Intervention
A series of provocative installations by San Francisco-based artist Victor Cartagena aim to create an intercultural dialogue and extract an empathetic understanding from the viewer. Cartagena’s work ranges from printmaking, drawing and painting, to sculpture, audio and video installation and draws on his early memories of fleeing El Salvador’s bloody civil strife in 1985. Cartagena utilizes appropriated images and formal strategies to comment on his own experiences in relation to world events and broader socio-political issues, including war, forced migration and exile, cultural and gang violence and social insensitivity.
In The News:
Victor Cartagena’s subtle political wake-up call, SF Chronicle, March 28, 2014
“Sites/Sights of Intervention” at Richmond Art Center, Oakland Art Enthusiast, March 28, 2014
Tattoos of Memory, East Bay Express, April 23, 2014