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   from the issue of March 27, 2008

Palma to discuss photo exhibit during March 28 opening

"Metaphors of the Heart," featuring the spiritual and spellbinding photographs of Luis Gonzalez Palma, will open March 28 at Sheldon Museum of Art. Palma will speak at the exhibition opening at 2 p.m. in the museum's Ethel S. Abbott Auditorium. The exhibition and lecture are free and open to the public.

For more than 20 years, Palma has challenged standard photography through experimenting with media, using a painterly style and incorporating collage.

Born in Guatemala in 1957, Palma was reared in the Catholic Church in the midst of Guatemala's civil war and his early images express the inner strength and beauty of the Mayan people. While his portraits are classical in appearance, his technique is more like that of a painter; he heightens the emotional effect of a photograph by brushing on tones and removing color to emphasize certain characteristics. Palma also employs collage techniques in his work.

The later photographs, taken after Palma's move to Argentina, are more architectural in nature but also symbolic of loss and emptiness. Even though they lack people, they are no less politically and emotionally charged.

"Metaphors of the Heart" contains work from the Sheldon collection, local collectors and galleries in Minneapolis and Chicago

Sheldon's First Friday reception April 4 at 5 p.m. will include a performance by dancers from the Pure Movement Dance Institute. The troupe will perform several pieces in the Great Hall in response to the Palma exhibition.

For more information, go to or call 472-2461.



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