South Texas College’s Technology Campus Library presents “Beauty in the Cracks: Photographing Matamoros,” an exhibit featuring black and white photography by Rocío Rangel. The exhibit opens Thursday, June 7 and will be on view through Friday, Aug. 24, 2012. An artist talk will be held at 5 p.m. at STC’s Technology Campus Library on July 26. The library is located at 3700 W. Military Hwy. in McAllen. Admission is free and open to the public.
The exhibit pays homage to the city of Matamoros, Mexico, where Rangel was born and raised. She quotes the words sung by Matamoros born singer Rigo Tovar when speaking about her home town, “Mi Matamoros querido, nunca te podré olvidar.”
“With all of the destruction and animosity revolving around Mexico over the past years, it’s refreshing to hear a positive voice again,” said Dawn Haughey, STC art gallery associate. “This photographic exhibit begs it’s viewers to remember and appreciate the uncommon beauty that still exists within Matamoros, even though it has been stripped of so much.”
Rangel studied biology at The University of Texas at Brownsville, as well as art and photography. She organized a photography club in Matamoros and has coordinated exhibits in the border town, including one at the Instituto Regional de Bellas Artes. Her photographs have been exhibited in various shows at the Brownsville Museum of Fine Arts and at The University of Texas at Brownsville.
South Texas College’s Library Art Gallery Program exhibits regional, national and international artwork, explores new visions and theories of creativity, and introduces innovative artistic expressions to the South Texas region.