Edgar Reyes: Unravel
January 19 – March 6, 2022
Kaplan Gallery & 355 POD Space
Currently my work has been centered around reflecting on my family’s history and the distinct places we’ve called home, documenting our stories and collecting photos from our archives and Mexican street markets. My interest lies in the mementos people cherish and the layers of loss endured from migration and the passing of loved ones. To me, our most precious memories play a vital role in helping us cope with loss and displacement. Much of the pieces that I have created are filled with visual layers that represent the hope and pain we have, and continue to endure, as many of us seek refuge. The imagery alludes to my ancestral past and my family’s spiritual connection with plants.
About the Artist:
Edgar Reyes is a multimedia artist based in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. Reyes earned his MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and has taught at non-profit organizations, schools, and museums. Many of his projects are autobiographical and a reflection of his personal journey as an undocumented youth in the United States. Reyes is driven by the desire to raise an awareness and question the displacement of his community. He explores how the blending of Indigenous and European traditions is an ongoing process of conquest and resistance. His art practice highlights the beauty of being Mexican American, yet questions his national and cultural traditions. He challenges social norms to express what it means for him to be labeled Latino. His art making is centered around building compassion and understanding regarding the complex history of forced and voluntary resettlement throughout the Americas.