Critical Discussion

Dovey Martinez, Da King, acrylic on canvas 24’ x 36’

Theory at Home

Artificiality of the American Dream with Albyn Carias

  • February 28, 2019, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
  • Duke of Kent Legion, 227 McDermot Avenue

Free, everyone welcome to attend!

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

    Albyn Carias is an interdisciplinary artist. 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. He is also an avid craftsperson and is currently working at Manitoba Craft Council.