The exhibition Regional Fictions re-contextualizes this literary term to examine the lies, falsifications, and omissions present in the lore of a particular geographical region, particularly as it is taught to school age children. Text and installation-based works mine educational materials and methods of presentation to imagine what these items might look like from multiple “de-colonized” perspectives.
Julia Barbosa Landois is a multidisciplinary artist based in Houston, whose work has been featured in galleries, museums, and performance festivals in the USA, Latin America and Europe. Her awards include grants from Artpace and the Artist Foundation of San Antonio, as well as residencies at the Santa Fe Art Institute (USA), Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder (Norway), and Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Germany). Before her recent relocation to Houston, Barbosa Landois spent a decade in San Antonio working as a mercenary professor, youth arts instructor, preparator, gallery assistant, and math tutor. She holds a BFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio and MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. For more information, visit www.julialandois.com
Jamal Cyrus received his BFA from the University of Houston in 2004 and his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. In 2005 he attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and in 2010 he was an Artist in Residence at Artpace San Antonio. Cyrus has won several awards, including the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, the Artadia Houston Award, and the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship. Currently based in Houston Texas, Cyrus’s work with deals with revisionist approaches to American history, particularly within the realm of Black politics and sound production. He is also a founding member of the artist collective Otabenga Jones & Associates.