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The author explains the significance of identity from the point of view of a transnational existence—living in the shifting flows of migration and diaspora, through economic integration, with the use and support of advanced technologies. Considering these circumstances, she argues that art plays an extremely important role in the development of culture and of a new transnational identity for Latinos and Latin Americans in the United States, especially in Chicago.
Bibiana Suárez wrote this curatorial statement for the exhibition Transnational Identities, Cultura en Proceso,held at the DePaul University Art Gallery in the spring of 1995. The exhibition was jointly curated by Suárez and Encarnación M. Teruel and included artists Dalida María Benfield, Carlos Cortez, Elisam Escobar, Mirentxu Ganzaraín, Nereyda García-Ferraz, Silvia Malagrino, María Martinez-Cañas, Marcos Raya, and Arnaldo Roche. This statement is part of the curator’s papers, which also included label text for each artist.The Puerto Rican-born artist Bibiana Suárez has lived in Chicago since 1980, where she received her BFA and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited widely in the United States and Puerto Rico and has written about bicultural identity, the politics of the colonial relationship between the United States and Puerto Rico, and contemporary art.