Black Mirror
And other Third world Reflections

Selections from the Mario Cader-Frech Collection

Ritter Art Gallery: February 1 - March 16, 2019
Schmidt Center Gallery: February 15 - April 6, 2019
Opening: 6:30pm, Thursday, February 14, 2019

Schmidt Installation install shot Ritter Installation Ritter Installation



Curated by Claire Breukel, Black Mirror features contemporary works by underrepresented as well as established artists from El Salvador and its vast diaspora. Offering unique perspectives on everyday life in El Salvador as well as the impact of migration, these artists use humor, irony, satire and play as tactics to address complex subjects such as gang violence, domestic violence, death, and other after effects of the Salvadoran Civil War. Representing trade, street culture, actions, activations, and the human form, Black Mirror explores the controversial concept of a “Third World” city highlighting its under-recognized strengths, disadvantages and associated stereotypes. Although considered derogatory, the term “Third World” is re-appropriated here in order to acknowledge the pervasive labor, trade, education, political and social disparities that still exist between the "west”, and specifically the United States, and Central American countries.


Selected Artists:

Abigail Reyes

Albertine Stahl

Beatriz Cortez

Crack Rodriguez

Ernesto Bautista

The Fire Theory

Fredy Solano

Guadalupe Maravilla

Karlos Carcamo

Mayra Barraza

Melissa Guevara

Ronald Moran

Simón Vega

Veronica Vides

Walterio Iraheta



Images: Walterio Iraheta, FarAway Brothers Style , c-print x 20; Beatriz Cortez, Black Mirror, steel, automobile paint, zip ties, sound installation with found audio recording, 12 x 8 x 12 ft.; Guadalupe Maravilla, Performance in the Center of the World, video; Crack Rodriguez, La Trinidad, Video; Crack Rodriguez, Planas (Lines), Video; Ronald Moran, Toy Room, Installation; Fredy Solan, The wall comes with me , Photograph;