Vito Valdez

Clear signs of a depressed economy are evident from the unfinished plaza fountain and the vacant suites of the completed glass structure known as the International Mercado, a would -be jewel of southwest Detroit’s border barrio at the foot of the historic Ambassador Bridge.
The original intent for one of the suites was a community Galeria sponsored by General Motors C orporation ; however it never got off the ground due to poor organization and GMs financial challenges.
My work in part with SWAN ( Southwest Artist’s Network of Detroit)is a continuation of my ongoing Border Arts Project, primarily public art projects on the border. SWAN obtained the use of the Galeria in April 2010 to sponsor a Cinco de Mayo exhibition followed by other exhibitions and events.

The many multi - cultural projects and programs inform the greater population coming into this country about art and culture as well as those who choose to stay. The Galeria and plaza as well as surrounding area around the International Mercado may have site specific installations, kioskes and calamities to incite and question what’s going on around here and why??

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