Lay of the Land: Rodrigo Valenzuela

What does it feel like to be an immigrant in a new place? What do you do when the lay of the land is unfamiliar?

Exhibited from November 2nd, 2018 – February 17th, 2019

Dive into disorienting landscapes in this installation of photography, painting, and video by Chilean-born artist Rodrigo Valenzuela.

Rodrigo immigrated to the US from Chile and worked for years as a day laborer before becoming established as a professional artist.

He uses landscapes and autobiographical threads to inform larger themes of alienation and displacement. His images feel at the same time familiar yet distant. Rodrigo’s work questions the ways in which the formation and experience of each work is situated—how they exist both in and out of place.

Rodrigo Valenzuela

“I construct narratives, scenes, and stories which point to the tensions found between the individual and communities.”

Rodrigo Valenzuela — Artist

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