Starting January 4th, Denmark’s MOHS Exhibit will display Reno Leplat-Torti‘s collection of paño art, works by various Chicano (Mexican-American) prison inmates from around the country who neatly fold paños into envelopes and mail them to loved ones.
Said to date back to the 1940s, the intensely spiritual or brazenly secular artwork draws on the deepest emotions of prisoners whose artistic expression is limited only by the materials at hand.
Created by both male and female prisoners, the art form evolves as they talk paño techniques, share their information on materials and style, and trade patterns drawn or traced from magazines, newspapers and catalogs.
There are three common themes for paños: La Vida Loca (The Crazy Life) — gang life, drug use and violence, life on the streets, poverty and prison; La Fe (Faith) — predominately Catholic imagery; and La Memoria (Memory) — sentimental images or portraits of those close to the artist.
Opening Reception: Friday, January 4, 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Exhibition Dates: Saturday, January 4 – Saturday, February 2, 2013
Wednesday – 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Thursday – 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Friday – 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Saturday 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sdr. Boulevard 98
DK-1720 Copenhagen V
For more information and to RSVP, click here.