Wheaton Conversations: Social Change & Artistic Process

Wheaton Conversations:
Social Change & Artistic Process
with Paula Meninato

6 p.m. on October 14, 2021

Join us for an exciting conversation with the artist who created the artworks for the Persistent Memories installation at WheatonArts! Discover how Paula Meninato depicts the human toll behind the criminalization of Latin Americans through the optical qualities of paint on glass.

As an Argentine-born American artist, Paula is interested in examining the correlation between her cultural heritage and immigrant journey through visual images. She will explore examples of how wars and immigration policies affect people’s lives and how the “disappearing” and “invisibility” of human beings are reflected in
her artworks.

Engage in a discussion about the power of art in raising awareness of painful experiences not often addressed and its role in the call for social change. Paula will outline how theories of social change are applied in her artistic processes, including the relationship between material and conceptual choices within her bodies of work.

Wheaton Conversations:
Cambio Social y
Proceso Artístico
cómo Paula Meninato

14 de octubre de 2021, 6 p.m.

Únase a nosotros para una conversación emocionante con la artista que creó las obras de arte para la instalación Memorias Persistentes en WheatonArts para explorar cómo Paula Meninato describe el costo humano detrás de la criminalización de los latinoamericanos a través de las cualidades ópticas de la pintura sobre vidrio. Como artista estadounidense nacida en Argentina, Paula está interesada en examinar la correlación entre su propia herencia cultural y el viaje de los inmigrantes a través de imágenes visuales. Ella explorará ejemplos de cómo las guerras y las políticas de inmigración afectan la vida de las personas y cómo la “desaparición” y la “invisibilidad” de los seres humanos se reflejan en sus obras de arte.

Paula también iniciará un debate sobre el poder del arte para crear conciencia sobre experiencias dolorosas que deben abordarse y su papel en un llamado al cambio social. En la presentación, expondrá cómo se aplican las teorías del cambio social en sus procesos artísticos. La presentación abordará la relación entre las opciones materiales y conceptuales dentro de Memorias Persistentes, así como sus otros cuerpos de trabajo.

This event is part of “Wheaton Conversations,” a virtual series highlighting select & diverse artists with ties to WheatonArts. To see the full schedule of conversations, Click Here.

Paula Meninato is a Philadelphia-based artist and activist. She graduated with an MA from Plymouth College of Art, where she focused on practice-led research on how art can dismantle cognitive barriers that enable systemic oppression. In 2017, Meninato published Blueprint for Creative Dissent. She graduated from Tyler School of Art with a BFA in Painting, academic honors, a presidential scholarship, and a solo show at the Argentine Embassy in Washington, DC. She has given over 250 presentations to over 6,500 attendees on animal rights, political organizing, and creative activism in Luxembourg, Barcelona, Vienna, London, Brighton, Berlin, Sweden, and the US. In 2019, Paula organized a panel discussion and pop-up exhibition, Beyond Raising Awareness, at Tate Modern.

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