A review of the International Artists in Residence exhibitions at Artpace, with work by Wafaa Bilal, Fatma Bucak, and Gabriel Martinez:
Three times a year, Artpace invites a group of three artists, selected by a guest curator, to live and work in San Antonio for two months. In its current state, on view through September 13, the exhibition spaces have become deeply political. Selected by guest curator Ian Alden Russell, the three residents – Wafaa Bilal, Fatma Bucak, and Gabriel Martinez – explore, rather deeply, a variety of issues tied into the artists’ experiences and histories. “I feel that Fatma, Wafaa, and Gabriel share an earnestness and empathy in how they are present with people,” Russell said. This notion is evident in each installation.