Dmitri Obergfell

Mi Tierra Artist Dmitri Obergfell

Obergfell's Installation Is on View through Oct. 22, 2017 

Dmitri Obergfell is one of the 13 artists whose work is on view in Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place.

Obergfell believes that a community’s values are apparent if you look at its material and consumer culture. He regularly visits local markets and bodegas to survey the goods offered for sale. Using the example of Mexican markets in Denver and Mexico City, he has created a botanica, which like the commercial versions offers herbs, elixirs, figurines, and T-shirts, displayed as if for sale. In addition, the art installation brings together a pantheon of folk saints associated with the drug trade.

Federal Fashion Mart installation
Dmitri Obergfell, Federal Fashion Mart, 2016. © Dmitri Obergfell

Carleen Brice edits the blog and On & Off the Wall, the member magazine for the Denver Art Museum. Carleen has been at the DAM since 2013. One of her favorite exhibitions that has been on view at the DAM was Nick Cave: Sojourn.