The works will be on display from September 5 through October 10, 2014. A closing reception with the artist will be held on Thursday, October 9 from 5-7 PM.
Entitled “71: Memory and Identity”, the works are part of a series that began in 2003 as a multi-media documentary based on artist Maria Lau’s investigations into her cultural identity. The work is both personal and documentary as Lau takes a historical and cultural journey of her Cuban-Chinese heritage.
The experiential documentary now spans 10 years, starting with the narrative of a familial search and unfulfilled wishes. It expands into unification of Cuban and Chinese family members, and travels to Cuba, California and New York/New Jersey.
Originally a student of Latin American history and anthropology, Lau began using photography as a means of documentation and visually writing history. Her documentary basis began to vary in aesthetic and techniques that would transform Lau’s academic investigations into alternative fine art documentary.
Ms. Lau mixes formal and conceptual photography by creating works that reference history, memory and dream states while employing both traditional and digital photo techniques. Truly the core of Ms. Lau’s work is a unique layering style that shows the viewer multiple insights into the heart of each piece.
Working with film, Lau creates images through a technique of in-camera exposures, inviting the element of chance in the process. In her mixed media work and digital collages she employs alternative photo transfer techniques, and incorporates materials ranging from archival documents, calligraphy, pigments, video and audio as a means to illustrate her narrative.
Within the realm of photography, Ms. Lau’s meticulous use of calculated chance, scientific guesswork, and contemplative investigations regarding her cultural and personal identity, creates artwork that is both a reflection of those investigations and the free form expression of fate.
The Rutgers University Center for Latino Arts and Culture is located at 122 College Avenue in New Brunswick, NJ and is open to the public Monday through Thursday from 9 AM to 6 PM, and Fridays from 9 AM to 5 PM.
For more information, please contact director Carlos Fernandez at 848-932-1284.