This installation is an extension of Our Wishes | Nuestros Deseos, continuing this work from One Boulder Plaza onto Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall to activate our downtown area. Flags for this installation were created by Abad◮Anaya with community input and community art making in 2021.
What is your message of hope?
¿Cuál es tu mensaje de esperanza?
This temporary public art exhibition on the Pearl Street Mall is made possible through a partnership between BMoCA and the Downtown Boulder Foundation, whose mission is to engage visitors and locals alike through arts, culture, innovation and inclusive, community-driven experiences in downtown Boulder.
About the Artists
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Alejandra Abad is an interdisciplinary visual artist with a penchant for dense abstract shapes, and fantastical landscapes. Her playful drawings, paintings, and prints become moving images. Her work centers around collaborative projects, immersive installations, collages, and animation that reflect her identity and values. Her style is informed by her studies in Architecture at Florida Atlantic University and Film, Video, and New Media at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she received her BFA. In 2018 she received a fellowship at University of Colorado Boulder, where she is currently pursuing an MFA in Interdisciplinary Media Arts Practices. Her recent projects feature conceptual and collaborative pieces that work to break down the barriers between artist and audience. She creates honest narratives and symbolism based on a visual language that depicts fragmentation, mythology, transformation and folklore.
Growing up in the state of Wyoming, being a member of the queer community, being raised in an actively Catholic Mexican family, and experiencing and witnessing many medical hardships play a large role in the work that Román Anaya creates. He combines family, history, religion, illness, and upbringing to explore unique and alluring ways to present his life experiences. He finds inspiration in dichotomous life experiences and beliefs, such as the interface between medical science and religion, pervasive machismo in his own culture while being a queer male, and other combinations of these concepts. Anaya developed his current artistic trajectory while completing his BFA in Photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and is looking forward to refine it while pursuing his MFA at the University of Colorado Boulder.
About the Downtown Boulder Foundation
The Downtown Boulder Foundation (DBF) is a 501©(3) nonprofit created in 2017. The foundation’s mission is to engage visitors and locals alike through arts, culture, innovation and inclusive, community-driven experiences in downtown Boulder. DBF’s areas of focus include cultural experiences, community connection and the future of downtown Boulder.
Program partners include: Museo de las Americas, Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Art District on Santa Fe, RedLine, Downtown Boulder Foundation, City of Boulder, Boulder Arts Commission, One Boulder Plaza Management, W.W. Reynolds and University of Colorado Boulder Office for Outreach and Engagement.
Image: The Art @ One Boulder Plaza installation, Our Wishes | Nuestros Deseos, by Abad◮Anaya.