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Open Reception: Galileo Gonzalez: En Honor
Presa House is pleased to present new works by Salvadorian-American artist and San Antonio transplant Galileo Gonzalez. “En Honor” opens with a special reception on First Friday, December 6, from 6 to 11 pm, and will remain on view through December 28, 2019. “En Honor” was inspired by his late cousin, Nestor Zelaya, who he lost on Christmas day in 2006. Gonzalez memorializes his late family members and friends through a collection of portraits, family photographs, music and installation that reflects on his personal loss, his relationship with each subject and the influence they had on his life. The exhibit as Gonzalez explains “is more than honoring my family, It’s also about honoring Salvadoran culture, history, and the figures that fought against repression and erasure till the very end.” Among those figures is Rufina Amaya, the lone survivor of the El Mozote Massacre which included the slaughter of more than 800 civilians by the Salvadoran Army on December 11, 1981, during the Civil War. Gonzalez also pays tribute to the Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador who through faith and tireless focus worked towards ending the war and bloodshed in El Salvador and were brutally murdered for their efforts by the Salvadoran army thirty years ago on November 16, 1989.