"Santiago Forero: I Want to Live in America"

Want to live in America? You'll need a Molotov cocktail and a mask.

Colombian artist Santiago Forero sets the idea of the American dream on its ear with his exhibit "I Want to Live in America," currently at Station Museum of Contemporary Arts. Brightly colored oversized photographs depict Forero's version of the United States. The most dynamic of the photos is The Riot, part of his Action Hero series. A self-portrait, Riot shows Forero clad in black, a bright red mask covering his head, only his wide, angry eyes visible. A Molotov cocktail in one hand, he has the other hand raised in a threatening fist. Orange smoke fills the air while a fire blazes behind him. The image, vivid and immediately engaging, is made even more challenging to viewers because Forero is a little person, muscular and threatening to be sure, but under five feet tall. Another image, Housewife, shows a distressed housewife running through a concrete lot, children's toys and an empty baby carriage strewn about. And in Broadway, viewers see several Hispanic men wearing orange KKK-like masks assaulting a white man, his cowboy hat thrown to the ground. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Through May 30. 1502 Alabama. For information, call 713-529-6900 or visit www.stationmuseum.com. Free.
Wednesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Starts: March 13. Continues through May 30, 2010
 
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