Mentoring Artists for Women's Art: Theory and Beer: Artificiality of the American Dream with Albyn Carias, February 28

Thursday, February 28, 2019


Duke of Kent Legion, 227 McDermot Avenue

Free, everyone is welcome to come and join the discussion.

Probing what is widely termed the "American Dream," Dovey Martinez draws upon her personal and familial experiences as a Honduran American to examine the expectations individuals have when they immigrate and when those expectations do not deliver. A correlation between the bakery and the "American Dream" is made, exposing its sweetness and allure as artificial. This Theory and Beer will be a discussion of the pressure of immigration on individuals, their children and families; the irony of being a cultural producer in Canada from another culture; and how we are impacted by the narrative of the "American Dream."

Reading: Dovey Martinez, "Sugar Overload: The Artificiality of the American Dream for Latinx Immigrants"

Albyn Carias is an interdisciplinary artist living in Brandon. He immigrated to Canada from El Salvador at the age of 13 and has a BFA from Brandon University Ishkabatens waasa Gaa inaabateg, Visual and Aboriginal Arts Department. Carias's process focuses on experimentation with unconventional materials, pushing against imposed social and artistic borders. This is achieved through meaningful collaborative, community-based engagement with his Latino community in Brandon, addressing the barriers that Latinx immigrants face every day.

About Theory & Beer

It's fun! It's theoretical! And you don't have to drink beer! MAWA presents informal critical discussion led by guest facilitators. Theory and Beer convenes on Thursday evenings, once a month. Each meeting has a text-based focus, with weblinks to readings provided in advance (go to to click on the links). Do the readings beforehand or come to the Legion at 6:15pm and pick up a copy of the text(s). The more familiar you are with the readings, the more the conversation will "cook"! The Legion is wheelchair accessible. People of all genders welcome.