On View: March 19 – April 21, 2018

Artist Talk and Reception: Wednesday, March 21, 12:30 – 2:00 pm


Fine Arts Gallery, Art & Design Building (#4 on Fairfax campus Map)

Paid parking: Shenandoah Parking Deck (#43 on campus map)

Hours: Monday-Saturday Noon-4pm, or by appointment



About the Exhibition

George Mason University is pleased to announce CONTRABAND a group exhibition of emerging artists curated by George Mason University School of Art alumnus Rodrigo Carazas Portal and featuring work by Jimena Chávez Delion, chukwumaa, Aaron López C., Emilio Vargas Vera and Levester Williams. The exhibition was originally conceived and displayed as part the Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) artist-driven programming.

The artists in this exhibition confront cultural imperialism by reflecting on the impact that “developed” countries have on the rest of the world through media and commerce. The six participating artists, most of whom were born outside of privileged Western societies, make their art using the language of contraband, bootleg, smuggling and other illegal actions. Their works respond to forces of assimilation, and are intended to subvert and undermine systems of social control. They challenge systems of colonial power that seek to absorb and reproduce others in their own image.

Works in the exhibition are conceptual in nature, relying on objects and images to evoke social conditions from the Global South.