'The possibility of bridging cultures through art has always captured my soul, especially cultures that are so vastly different,' says Executive Producer and Host Stella Holmes
(PRWEB) April 12, 2013
WPBT2 will take viewers on a journey to Brazil to uncover a vibrant culture and unique art world in West Encounters East premiering on Monday, May 6 at 9:00 p.m. and encoring on Friday, May 10 at 10:00 p.m. The documentary focuses on a little known population: the Japanese Brazilians and follows well-known and emerging artists of Japanese descent from various generations from the 20th Century who immigrated to Latin America.
Created by Executive Producer Stella Holmes and filmed with Emmy Award-winning Producer Linda Corley, West Encounters East focuses on the fusion of culture, history and tradition in the works of these artists and explores the ongoing integration of Asian traditions into Latin American culture. The story of these multicultural artists, told primarily through their canvases, sculptures, ceramics and photography, brings to light the dynamic and little-known saga of the Japanese presence in Brazil.
“The possibility of bridging cultures through art has always captured my soul, especially cultures that are so vastly different,” says Holmes, whose experience of growing up with a Paraguayan mother and Argentinean father gave her valuable insights into the issues examined in this film.
Stella M. Holmes, executive producer, host and curator of West Encounters East, was born in Buenos Aires and educated in Argentina, France and the United States. An art historian and collector for more than two decades, Ms. Holmes has made her home in Miami, where her creativity and passion continue to enrich the community's cultural institutions. She is the benefactor of the Stella M. Holmes Art Research Center at the University of Miami's Lowe Art Museum, where she is a member of the Director's Circle, and principal supporter of ArtLab, an exhibition program launched by the Lowe and the Art and Art History Department of the University of Miami to provide students with hands-on experience in curating museum exhibitions.
West Encounters East was made possible with support from Maria Estela Santacruz.
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