Georgetown Art Center’s Latest Exhibition ‘Oaxacan Gold’ Showcases Cultural History and Tradition Through Oaxacan Photography and Folk Art

School is back and many people are saying goodbye to summer vacation and settling in for the holidays.

But that doesn’t mean Georgetown residents have to travel far to experience the culture and traditions of a country more than 1,000 miles away. In fact, just stop by the Georgetown Art Center to see their new “Oaxacan Gold” exhibit.

“The real honor is being able to shine a light on the artisans of the place as well as the culture and traditions of the place”, Greg Davis, photographer, artists and curator of the Oaxacan Gold exhibition, said Hello Georgetown. “I think being able to bring the world and Oaxaca back to the people to engage with is quite a gift for those who choose to come and engage in the work. It’s educational, there’s also a spirit in the work, so people will come and discover our neighbours.

Oaxaca, Mexico is located in the southern part of the country and this current exhibition transports visitors to its rich history and tradition through photography and handcrafted folk art by master artists from Oaxaca.

“I started working in Oaxaca in 2018 and ended up working in Oaxaca for four years, going back and forth… creating this work, and I didn’t want it to be just a photograph, ‘Greg Davis ‘, I wanted it to be a representation of Oaxaca as best I could put together.

From beautiful photographs of people dressed for the annual Dia De Los Muertos celebration, or hands covered in natural indigo blue, to festivals, historic structures and more, the exhibit is a glimpse into a culture full of meaning and inspiration. ‘story.

“They are our neighbors,” Davis said. “So if you can learn more about them and respect what they do, and the knowledge that comes from pre-Hispanic times, some of that work that they do is ideas and traditions that go back way before Europeans don’t even come into this world.. We have to honor that.

In addition to featuring Davis’ photography, the exhibition also features several other master artists from Oaxaca, including:

“That’s really what it’s all about,” Davis said. “It’s really here to shed some light and illuminate the mystical state of Oaxaca, it’s definitely a mixed media cultural exhibit.”

All works are also available for purchase, Davis said, with 30% of proceeds going to the Georgetown Art Center.

Oaxcan Gold will be available at the Georgetown Art Center until September 24. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Find out more by clicking here.

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