Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas brings together contemporary artists from across the Americas who have tapped into science fiction’s capacity to imagine new realities, both utopian and dystopian. Science fiction offers a unique artistic landscape in which to explore the colonial enterprise that shaped the Americas and to present alternative perspectives speculating on the past and the future. In the works featured in the exhibition, most created in the last two decades, artists employ the imagery of science fiction to suggest diverse modes of existence and represent “alienating” ways of being in the world. The exhibition offers a groundbreaking account of the intersections among science fiction, techno-culture, and the visual arts.
Alien Skins, is one of several thematic “constellations” in the exhibition. In Alien Skins, costumes from performances and everyday life reorient Latinx existence across global and planetary borders. By donning a garment or other physical apparatus, the artists unfasten identity from earthly boundaries and stratifying social constructions. Alien Skins features work by AZTLAN Dance Company, Claudio Dicochea, Hector Hernandez, LA VATOCOSMICO c-s, Robert “Cyclona” Legorreta, Mundo Meza, Carmelita Tropicana, Luis Valderas, and Ricardo Valverde.