Feb 2 10:00 AM - Apr 15 4:00 PM
Antes De Mi/ Before Me Arleene Correa Valencia
February 2 - April 15, 2023
Location: Dane Nelson and Ed Cauduro Collection Studies Lab - PNCA, 511 NW Broadway Instagram: @ccac_pnca Contact: Hannah Bakken, Assistant Director CCAC, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gallery Hours: Monday - Saturday, 10am - 4pm Artist Talk: February 2nd – 12:30-1:30pm, PNCA Mediateque Public Reception (Artist in Attendance): February 2nd – 5-8pm
Through this series of photogravures Arleene Correa Valencia attempts to draw a timeline of her family’s history dating back to the union of her paternal grandparents, who now play a significant role in the way that the artist connects to her native heritage.
One by one, each photogravure reveals a part of her family’s story that has ultimately led to her migration to the United States, where she would confront the hardships of being an undocumented immigrant. Growing up as an undocumented recipient of DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Correa Valencia observed that much of the family’s past had been lost or erased as a way to seamlessly assimilate and ultimately protect them from being discovered as “illegal.”
This series merges together photographs and text that were exchanged between Correa Valencia and her father in 1996 when she was separated from him, as he was the first parent to leave Mexico and embark on his journey to the U.S.
Arleene Correa Valencia combines etchings of traditional Mexican images, family photos, embroidery and beading to sew together stories that span multiple generations.These pieces aim to illustrate a family’s survival through the political unrest between the United States and Latin America.
Aritist Bio: Arleene Correa Valencia is a native Mexican artist whose work is kindled by the complexities of her undocumented migration to the United States. Through the use of various mediums, including textiles, social practice, and painting, she explores the nuances of migration, visibility, invisibility, borders, and family separation. Having lived in the United States for more than 25 years as a self-described registered illegal alien, she draws from her own emotions of feeling invisible to deconstruct the language and ideas that are assigned to all migrants. Correa Valencia received a BFA and MFA from California College of the Arts. She is an inaugural recipient of the Bay Area Fellowship at Headlands Center for the Arts and was featured in the Emmy award winning Portraits of Napa Workers: Arleene Correa Valencia, part of KQED Arts’ Represent series of artist profiles. In 2021, Correa Valencia was the subject of a solo monographic exhibition, Llévame Contigo, Yo Quiero Estar Contigo, at the Trout Museum of Art in Appleton, WI. She had her first solo exhibition at Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco in 2022. Correa Valencia will be featured in a forthcoming group exhibition at the Berkeley Art Center in 2023. Born in Arteaga, Mexico and based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Correa Valencia is represented by Catharine Clark Gallery.