South Texas College’s Nursing & Allied Health Campus Library Art Gallery is proud to present “Liminal Points and Thresholds on the Border,” featuring a collection of digital photographs by Susan Harbage Page. The exhibit will be on view through Friday, September 11, 2009 at the Nursing & Allied Health Campus Library Art Gallery located at 1101 E. Vermont Ave. in McAllen. Admission is free and open to the public.
Harbage Page’s art addresses such concerns as race, gender, identity politics and illegal immigration. The subjects and materials of her large-scale photographs, altered textiles, videos and installations are often associated with women, and picture the complex intersections of politics, gender, race and religion in the United States, as well as Europe and the Middle East.
“I live in North Carolina, where we have an increasing number of Latino immigrants,” said Harbage Page. “I am interested in the border as a crossing point; a place of cultural intersection and transnational identity. I see it as a place to confront the current national issues accompanying immigration such as healthcare, education, employment and safety.”
“Harbage Page takes unnoticed items and refuse from our own backyard border district and raises them to the level of powerful art objects speaking of suffrage, repression, deficiency and poverty,” said David Freeman, curator and programs coordinator of STC’s Library Art Gallery Program. “She vividly shows the challenges immigrants face in seeking out a new and better life in her work. Her portrayal of the tribulations that define the immigrant experience make for powerful content.
“As artists continue to seek fresh, new ways of seeing our world, Harbage Page succeeds in letting us perceive what we take for granted. She helps us bring the subject matter into focus for us through poignant art. Her subjects are mostly just bits of trash and garbage like I.D. tags, lost identity bracelets, combs, an old tire or tooth brush, but put into the artists’ hands, a wonderful transformation takes place. Suddenly we see with new eyes, looking at a visual novel of the trials and tribulations of humanity.”
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