Connected Diaspora: U.S. Central American Visuality in the Age of Social Media, an exhibition featuring the work of U.S. Central American artists, was on display in the Fredric Jameson Gallery from 8 November 2019 to 5 March 2020.
The exhibit was headlined by a new generation of artists who visually reflect on U.S. Central American lives and experiences in the era of social media—building a creative community that transcends state lines and borders.
Curated by Veronica Melendez, Connected Diaspora included works by sixteen artists: Eddy Leonel Aldana, Kimberly Benavides, Erick Antonio Benitez, Jessy DeSantis, Xiomara Garay, Galileo Gonzalez, Celea Guevara, Kim LaVonne, Glenda Lissette, Kiara Machado, Juan Madrid, Julia Mata, Veronica Melendez, Dennissé Carlota Nieto Zelaya, Elizabeth Fernanda Rodriguez, and Johanna Toruño.
"Seeing a show of just artists from the Central American diaspora is kind of unheard of, at least on the East Coast,” Melendez told Duke's Chronicle. “[Often] when we talk about Latinx art … we’re talking about Mexico, or Puerto Rico, or Cuba. Central America is not really part of the topic—I think it’s time to change that.”