UI professor's photos on display at Illini Union

UI professor's photos on display at Illini Union

URBANA — “De Espaldas/Seen from the Back,” an exhibit of photographs by University of Illinois Professor Alejandro Lugo, will be on display in the Illini Union Art Gallery through June 27.

Lugo has taught Latino studies and anthropology at the university since 1995 and has presented his work at Krannert Art Museum and the Boneyard Arts Festival. Two of his photographs are in the permanent collection of the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago and his work has been published in the South Atlantic Quarterly.

His photographs focus on the broad subjects of politics, religion, popular culture and social environments. These, in turn, lead the viewer to examine class, gender, race, sexuality and the connection to the present.

"'De Espaldas/Seen from the Back' explores the way we view micro and macro landscapes from a faceted perspective," reads a news release. "It challenges the audience to think about how the subjects simultaneously create their own personal landscape within the larger framework. When these environments are photographed from behind, their vulnerability immediately becomes present within their own unquestionable existence."

The Illini Union Art Gallery is in the northwest wing on the first floor the Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U, and is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.