people the We
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people the We

Adrian Aguilera and Betelhem Makonnen Prizer Arts and Letters
October 30 - January 10, 2021

؟america in surveillve will who
؟real who
؟free who [1]

people the We is a collaborative exhibition by the artists Adrian Aguilera and Betelhem Makonnen conceived in the wake and on-going aftermath of the Black Lives Matter led uprisings that were reignited in May 2020. Over a series of masked and socially distanced exchanges, mostly in the natural spaces outside both their studios, Aguilera and Makonnen tried to give form to the overwhelming personal and collective emotions of rage, disappointment, exhaustion and bruised hope that they experienced in the last six months. Cultivating their continuous curiosity about the relationship between symbols and collective identity, transnationality and diaspora perspectives, as well as history's inextricable hold on the present, Aguilera and Makonnen introduce new multimedia work in conversation with existing work to reflect on this (re)current moment in our country.

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[1] WHO REAL? by Egyptian American poet Marwa Helal. The violent hypocrisy of the iconic phrase from the US Constitution as well as this poem, which echoes its questions, inform the exhibition's title.









































Rock Standard Time (RST)
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Rock Standard Time (RST)

Tito's Prize 2020 Exhibition
March 6 – April 4 (postponed March 17)
(reopened) August 13 – September 5, 2020


Big Medium is pleased to present the third annual Tito's Prize exhibition featuring winner Betelhem Makonnen. Makonnen was unanimously selected as the 2020 Tito’s Prize recipient by a curatorial panel that includes Florencia Bazzano, Assistant Curator, Latin American Art at the Blanton Museum of Art (Austin); Annette Lawrence, Artist, and Professor of Studio Art at the University of North Texas (Denton); and Rigoberto Luna, Director and Curator at Presa House Gallery (San Antonio).


















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