Swope Art Museum: ESX/COCA by Alexandra McNichols-Torroledo

  • 22 Aug 2022
  • 02 Oct 2022
  • 25 S 7th St, Terre Haute, IN 47807

Currently on view at the Swope:

Swppe Art Museum
25 S. 7th Street, Terre Haute, IN
(812) 238-1676


Tuesday – Sunday
12 – 5 pm
Closed Mondays

Open late 12pm-8pm on First Fridays.

ESX/COCA by Alexandra McNichols-Torroledo

August 22nd – October 2nd

Reception September 2nd, 5-8 PM

This work, entitled ESX, which means COCA leaves in the Yuwe language, seeks to deconstruct colonial and postcolonial visual narratives of the coca plant. When the conquistadores arrived in America, they took over the Incan Empire of coca leaves and enslaved its people with it. For centuries, the church demonized the plant and condemned the indigenous people to reject their ancient practices. With the invention of cocaine, the plant faced extermination under international laws. Colombia, my native country, has suffered greatly due to the fifty-year war over cocaine.

ESX/COCA by Alexandra McNichols-Torroledo

Current Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday 10am-5pm.
Saturdays 10am-4pm. Closed Sundays and major holidays.
23 North 6th Street Terre Haute, IN 47807

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