Behind the Mask

Dulce Pinzón celebrates everyday heroes.

In the heated political rhetoric of this year’s presidential race, the immigration issue can bring even cool heads to a boil. If you are sick of the emotional hyperbole stirred up by words like amnesty, alien, and deportation, visit Kunsthaus Miami Contemporary Art Space (3312 N. Miami Ave., Miami). Its current exhibit of Dulce Pinzón’s photograph collection, “The Real Story of the Superheroes,” offers a different perspective on the plight of working immigrants.

Pinzón, a New York-based Mexican artist, defies post-9/11 views of American heroism through clever photos of a nanny, a window washer, and other immigrant workers wearing classic comic book character costumes at their real jobs. Batman drives a taxi instead of the Batmobile and sends $250 home to Mexico each week, while Aquaman cleans fish for a living and sends $400 a week. Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand political sound bites. The exhibit is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through January 30, or by appointment on weekends. For more information about the show, visit www.kunsthaus.org.mx, or call 305-438-1333.
Jan. 11-30, 2008

 
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