Written by Doug McClemont
Thanks to generous support from the Alturas Foundation and the UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts, UTSA proudly announces the opening of Kukuli Velarde: CORPUS at the Russel Hill Rogers Galleries at the UTSA Southwest Campus. CORPUS is comprised of ceramic and fabric works that encourage reflection on the meaning of survival in the face of colonialism. Fifteen ceramic sculptures, each with matching tapestries, will be presented in a symbolic representation of the annual Corpus Christi festival in Cusco, Perú. The sculptures reference indigenous pre-Columbian forms and iconographies in a visual representation of syncretic aesthetic, cultural, and religious traditions. Kukuli Velarde, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a multi-talented artist, working in ceramics, painting, drawing, and installation. Velarde received a BFA from Hunter College in New York City.