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Lorena Carbajal (Argentina)
Charles Landry states in the article The dilemma of crossing cultures (page 28), Engage n* 13, Art Magazine, "We live in an age of cultural crossovers, hybrids and fusions, brought about by mass mobility and the process of globalization". Carbajal's work is placed on the border of this web of cultural crossovers, where ideas such as migration, place, distance, homeland, memory and foreignness, all meet. Based in the UK but originally from Argentina, she explores the notion of migration, and the feeling of non-belonging or mixed belonging as a result of displacement. Her work often suggests a third identity or hybrid identity which is derived from the translation of one culture’s system of meaning into another’s, where the uncertainty of incompatible codes, both cultural and linguistic emerges. Language and miscommunication are other aspects of her work - using translations, misspellings and mispronounced words she investigates the gap between languages and the phenomenon of misunderstanding.
The Process Room
Lorena Carbajal work can be seen in the Process Room, First Floor Galleries, IMMA, until 15 January 2006.
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