Visitors enjoy the 2011 MFA Graduate Exhibition at the Winery SF on Treasure Island.

Diego Rivera Gallery

The Negotiation
Monday, March 19 - Friday, March 23, 2012
Diego Rivera Gallery
Open daily 9:00am - 5:00pm
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,

The Negotiation presents the work of artists Michal Wisniowski, Elin Bengtsson, Francesca Du Brock, and Pabi as dialogues with the traumatic. Trauma manifests itself in multiple realities, from the secret and personal, to the national or global. To exist is to be confronted with trauma, and we devise mechanisms and strategies for negotiating its presence. In The Negotiation, strategies for a dialogue with the traumatic are explored in two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and time-based media.

Opening reception: Tuesday, March 20, with an artist talk at 4:30 and a reception from 5:00–9:00 pm.

Participating artists:

Michal Wisniowski is a Polish-born artist residing in the San Francisco bay area. His formative years were divided between then-communist Poland and living in a racially hostile Germany as a political refugee. Immigration to the United States in the nineties served as additional culture shock and continuation of a nomadic life-style that would bring him to live in Montana, then North Carolina, and finally California.

Elin Bengtsson spent her first 28 years in the forests of Sweden, which left her with a dark mind, good skin, and a BFA from Valand School of Fine Arts. For the last two years she has been adjusting to the Californian air, increasingly occupied with the idea of God's wrath.

Francesca Du Brock was born and raised in Alaska and has lived throughout the United States and South America. She is interested in exploration, exile, displacement, shifting identity, and memory.

Pabi is a Danish artist concerned with revealing formative memories and their manifestation through the body. Through his work, he expresses the enduring scars of body and soul that stay with us for life.


The Diego Rivera Gallery, home to SFAI’s historic Diego Rivera Mural, is a student-directed exhibition space for work by SFAI students. The gallery provides an opportunity for students from all academic programs to present their work or curate in a gallery setting; to use the space for large-scale installations; or to experiment with artistic concepts and concerns in a public venue.