METRO | San Antonio art show takes on the South Texas ‘fracking frenzy’


Exhibit: Frackaso: Portraits of Extraction in Eagle Ford and Beyond
Opening reception: Friday, April 18, 7 p.m.
Place: Esperanza Peace & Justice Center
Address: 922 San Pedro Avenue, San Antonio
Dates of exhibit: Friday, April 18 – Sunday, August 31, 2014
Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
More information: 210-228-0201

By Alice Embree | The Rag Blog | April 15, 2014

SAN ANTONIO — An art exhibit opening Friday, April 18, at the Esperanza Peace & Justice Center in San Antonio features photographs, visual and literary art, installations, performance, and film. Frackaso: Portraits of Extraction in Eagle Ford and Beyond takes on the fracking frenzy in South Texas and, well, beyond.

The exhibit’s title is a clever play on the Spanish word for disaster — fracaso — and the English word for disturbance — fracas. The show will highlight one of the country’s most active gas extraction sites — the Eagle Ford shale deposits near San Antonio — from the perspective of those who will not profit from this aggressive mining activity.

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Painting by Carlos Lowry.

Frackaso will feature work by artists from Canada to Mexico and New York to South Texas, working in many genres. Austin artists include Liliana Wilson, Carlos Lowry, and Cruz. Liliana Wilson’s work is the cover art on the Esperanza Center’s April issue of La Voz de Esperanza.

Several visual and performance pieces, including a short documentary on San Antonio’s Calumet refinery, Frack U, Mexico, by Gregory “Gringoyo” Berger, will be featured at the opening. The Frackaso exhibit will run through August 2014.

For regional readers unfamiliar with the Esperanza Peace & Justice Center (EPJC), the exhibit provides an opportunity to get acquainted with one of Texas’ venerable institutions — a community committed to “a world where everyone has civil rights and economic justice, where the environment is cared for, where cultures are honored and communities are safe… advocates for those wounded by domination and inequality.”

For decades, EPJC has been at the center of progressive change in San Antonio. Go to Esperanza’s website and find them on Facebook.

[Alice Embree, a contributing editor to The Rag Blog, co-chair of the Friends of New Journalism, and a veteran of the original Rag, is a long-time Austin activist, organizer, and member of the Texas State Employees Union. Read more articles by Alice Embree on The Rag Blog.]

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1 Response to METRO | San Antonio art show takes on the South Texas ‘fracking frenzy’

  1. Leslie Cunningham says:

    I do like this new “METRO” feature on The Rag Blog.
    Alice–keep up the good work! Next time we’re in San Anto I’ll definitely take my husband with me to see this exhibit.
    Esperanza recently had a great film series featuring documentaries on women social justice activists. (Our good friend and union sister Anne Lewis showed her film on Anne Braden at it.)

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