June 5, 2023, San Francisco, CA– SOMArts presents Colombian-American interdisciplinary artist Paola de la Calle’s first solo exhibition, In This House We Are All Buried Alive. On view July 20–August 27, 2023, De la Calle examines the relationship between power and memory–what becomes the memory of a culture? Of a family? Who benefits when memories are forgotten? Drawing inspiration from Colombian poet María Mercedes Carranza’s piece “La Patria” (“The Motherland”), De la Calle threads together personal and collective memory to repair the ruptures of historical amnesia.
“When we reflect on the ways systems of power have shaped our lives, looking toward the past can be difficult. By tapping into nostalgia and anchoring her work in personal symbols and material objects that shape daily life, Paola’s artwork is a reminder that we are not solely defined by trauma–we have the agency to shape memories and tell our stories,” says Carolina Quintanilla, SOMArts’ Gallery Director.
Paola de la Calle is a trained printmaker who has exhibited throughout the United States and internationally, and is recognized for her meditations on home, borders, identity, and nostalgia. For her debut solo exhibition, she shares the sacred and private aspects of her practice, inviting audiences to experience mundane, everyday objects and symbols as portals to the past, present, and future. She incorporates sound she’s collected for over seven years, family archival footage and photographs she’s unearthed and digitized, ceramics, and found objects she considers as artifacts. When woven together, De La Calle fills SOMArts’ Main Gallery with large scale vignettes rooted in her immigrant diasporic experience.