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October 2019
ART . ARTS WRITING . CURATING 

Y.ES WINNING ARTICLE
BY REYES RAMIREZ

IN ARTEINFORMADO
2019 YES ARTS WRITERS GRANT
Moe Penders. From the exhibition Volver at SpaceHL, Houston, USA. Courtesy the artist. 
The 2019 YES Arts Writers Grant winning article, The Exhibition as Record: Moe Penders’ Volver & Reconciliation, by Salvadoran Houston based writer Reyes Ramirez is published in ARTEINFORMADO. The article explores the artwork of Salvadoran-Houston based artist Moe Penders which recounts the experience of them losing their father during the Salvadoran Civil War. Reyes connects Pender's artwork with his own experience while offering insight to their creative practice. 
The 2019 YES Arts Writers Grant is made possible with the support of Susanne Meline and Gabriela Poma. 
 
READ THE ARTICLE

The 2019 YES Contemporary Arts Writers Symposium support to commission the essays of the four invited participants to the 2019 YES Arts Writers Symposium. Dalia Chévez, Eduardo Crespín, Eugenia Peréz Guardado, Jaime Izaguirre will work with Gabriela Poma over the next six months to develop their essays, which will be published by YES Contemporary. The YES Contemporary writers grant and symposium aims to expands critical writing about  contemporary Salvadoran art. Watch this space! 
 

YES ONLINE STUDIO VISIT : OCTOBER
VERÓNICA VIDES AND DANIELA LIEJA QUINTANAR
 
Salvadoran artist Verónica Vides (left) lives and works in Patagonia, Argentina. She studied at the Dr. José Matías Delgado University of San Salvador and received a scholarship to attend the La Esmeralda School of Fine Arts in Mexico. She has shown her work internationally, received numerous awards and has her work in collections in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Mexico and the USA.   
Read more about Veronica's work here. 

Daniela Lieja Quintanar (right) is a curator at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE). She works between Los Angeles and Mexico, emphasizing contemporary art and curatorial practices that explore the politics and social issues of everyday life.  She is part of the curatorial team of MexiCali Biennial 2018-19, and was recently awarded the Warhol Foundation Curatorial Research Fellowship.  
Read more about Daniela here.

 

YES ART LOAN PROGRAM
VERONICA VIDES FEATURED AT FAU LIBRARY
OCTOBER 
Image: Veronica Vides, La Barrida, 2009. Video. Courtesy The Mario Cader-Frech collection and the artist 
Veronica Vides's video La Barrida has been featured in Florida Atlantic University (FAU)'s library for the month of October following the exhibition Black Mirror hosted at FAU earlier this year. La Barrida depicts the endless sweeping of a church demolished during the Salvadoran Civil War by members of the community. 
 

YES ART LOAN PROGRAM
ABIGAIL REYES, GUADALUPE MARAVILLA, VERONICA VIDES
IN THE MIAMI MEDIA FESTIVAL

 
Image: Guadalupe Maravilla (formerly Irvin Morazan), Performance in the Center of the World, 2011. Performed for El Museo Del Barrio's S-Files Biennial 2011 in Times Square. Video. Courtesy The Mario Cader-Frech collection and the artist 
YES Contemporary loans three video works by to be featured as part of The Miami Media Festival. These include Si Señor by Abigail Reyes, Performance at the Center of the World, 2011 by Guadalupe Maravilla and La Barrida by Veronica Vides. The works debuted at Laundromat Art Space, Miami on Saturday October 19, and will screen outdoors at the Doral Contemporary Art Museum on November 30, 7-11pm.  

THIS HAPPENED
BORDERS OF FREEDOM TALK
CAROLINA ALVAREZ-MATHIES, CLAIRE BREUKEL, PATRICIO MAJANO
AT LOCUST PROJECTS IN MIAMI
 
On October 2, YES Team's Patricio Majano introduced his exhibition Borders of Freedom showing at Locust Projects, via Skype. This was followed by a conversation between YES's Claire Breukel and special guest and YES founding councilmember Carolina Alvarez Mathies, who had a frank conversation about disparity, US intervention in El Salvador, politics and different experiences of what it means to be free. 
 

THIS HAPPENED
LA UNICA HOSTED THE PROJECT LABORATORIX 
YES CONTEMPORARY LIBRARY 
AT IMPACT HUB SAN SALVADOR
 
The gallery space, La Unica, hosted session 2 of Laboratorix at the YES Contemporary Library at Impact Hub in San Salvador. Funded by the Prince Claus Fund, Laboratorix is an arts workshop based on the questioning gender identities in El Salvador. Read more here. 
Image courtesy La Única

INTERNATIONAL NEWS
 
BEATRIZ CORTEZ WINS FRIEZE ARTO LIFEWTR SCULPTURE PRIZE 
Salvadoran LA-based artist Beatriz Cortez has won the prestigious Frieze sculpture prize to create a large outdoor sculpture work for the Rockefeller Center in New York in 2020.  The work will be unveiled as part of Frieze Sculpture, an exhibition curated by Brett Littman during the art fair Frieze New York. 
Read the announcement here. 
Read more about Beatriz's work here. 
Image: Nomad 13 at Craft Contemporary Museum. Photo: Gina Clyne. Courtesy of the artist and Commonwealth and Council.
SIMON VEGA AT THE CENTRE GEORGES POMPIDOU, FRANCE
Simón Vega is featured in Cosmopolis #2 at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. Curated by Kathryn Weir who joined the 2019 YES Art Trip, Cosmopolis #2 features 40 artists from across the globe and is themed "rethinking the human". As part of the exhibition Vega will conduct a Barter Station workshop.  Vega's work is presented with the support of Galerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna, Liliana Bloch Gallery, Dallas, Carolina Alvarez-Mathies with Ceres Estates and Ron Cihuatán, Claude Albritton III, Steve Kinder.  Cosmopolis #2 is on view until December 23, 2019. Read more about the exhibition here. 
Image: Simón Vega, Archipiélago de Intercambio, 2019. Mixed media. Commissioned for ‘Cosmopolis #2: rethinking the human’. 
VERÓNICA VIDES AT ESPACIO CULTURAL EL PASILLO, ARGENTINA 
Salvadoran artist Verónica Vides opens the exhibition Mimetizada en pleno antropoceno at the El Pasillo Cultural Space in El Bolsón, Argentina for the month of October. The series Mimetizada shares actions and interventions conducted by Vides between 
2012-2019.  
Read more about Veronica Vides's work here.
Image courtesy the artist. 
INGESTA EXHIBITION AT TEOR/éTICA, COSTA RICA
Salvadoran artists Beatriz Cortez, Abigail Reyes, Caroline Lacey and NadiA participate in Ingesta, an exhibition at TEOR/éTica in San José, Costa Rica. Ingesta, curated by Adán Vallecillo, includes work by 19 Central American artists that explores the meanings of food and its relationship to the social and political contexts within Central America. Ingesta is open to the public until February 15, 2020.
Read about the exhibition in Wall Street International  here.
Image: Caroline Lacey and NadiA, "Untitled", from the series "Queen of the Most Violent Country in the World", 2018. Courtesy the artists.
LUIS CORNEJO AT EL TÚNEL GALLERY, GUATEMALA
Salvadoran artist Luis Cornejo presents the exhibition Apariciones at El Túnel Gallery in Guatemala City. The exhibition features Cornejo’s paintings, which juxtapose the "classic" painted portrait style with that of painted cartoon characters. Apariciones is on view until October 29.
Read more about Luis Cornejo's work here. 
Image: Luis Cornejo. “Aparición” (Detail). oil and acrylic on linen, 2019. Courtesy the artist.
MÓRULA COLLECTIVE AND HABITAT PROJECT IN RESISTANCE BIENNIAL, GUATEMALA
Mórula Collective (Óscar Pérez, Juan Carlos Recinos and Marvin Recinos) and Proyecto Hábitat (Fredy Araujo and Ernesto Cartagena) participate in the 2019 Resistance Biennial in venues across Guatemala City. The Biennial, on view through October 30, aims to generate dialog around social issues affecting Latin America.
Learn more about the Biennial here.
Image: Mórula Collective, image from the intervention “Disparo a lo intangible”. Courtesy the artists.
KEVIN BALTAZAR AND HERBERT DE PAZ COLLABORATE ON SITIOS, BRAZIL
Salvadoran artist Kevin Baltazar is joining Salvadoran-Brazilian artist Herbert de Paz in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to work on the second edition of Sitios, a site specific project that will take place at Gavea Tourist Hotel on October 29, 2019. Baltazar was awarded the FOMCASS mobility grant by the San Salvador Secretary of Culture, and previously visited Brazil in 2017 to attend the CARTES-UNIVASF residency in Bahia, with a YES Contemporary Artist Grant. The first Sitios took place in Downtown San Salvador in 2018.
Follow Sitios here.  
Image: Kevin Baltazar, “Ataduras Anonimas (Faceless),” photograph of performance, 2017; courtesy the artist.
BEATRIZ CORTEZ AT FORD FOUNDATION GALLERY, USA
Salvadoran, Los Angeles-based artist Beatriz Cortez is featured in the exhibition Utopian Imagination at Ford Foundation Gallery in New York. Utopian Imaginations, "addresses utopias in a world torn asunder by conflict. Using science fiction to frame this interrogation, this exhibition presents works that when pieced together, offer an inclusive vision of a future." On October 23, Cortez participated in a talk at the gallery with artists Lola Flash and Zak Ové, moderated by Greg Tate.  Read more about Utopian Imagination here.
Image: Beatriz Cortez, “The Fortune Teller Machine”. Courtesy the artist.
BEATRIZ CORTEZ AT LOS ANGELES CONTEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS USA
Beatriz Cortez also hosted a conversation titled “A Dialogue of Nomads” at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) as part of the exhibition Paroxysm of Sublime. Cortez tackles two key ideas: the act of engaging with the ideas of French philosophers; her own experiences in dialogue with other Central American thinkers both in Los Angeles and Central America as an active process of creation and transformation across borders, and across time and space. Paroxysm of Sublime is on view until November 3. 
Read more about the exhibition here.
Photo: Beatriz Cortez standing by Portal Sur, after Copán, a collaboration between Beatriz Cortez and Rafa Esparza installed at Ballroom Marfa, in Marfa, Texas. Courtesy of the artists and Commonwealth and Council. Photo credit: Carmen Argote.

EL SALVADOR NEWS
 
THE NEW HABITACIÓN DE DIBUJO BLOG LAUNCHES
This month, a new blog Habitación de Dibujo launched online. A platform dedicated to the medium of drawing by Salvadoran and Central American artists, Habitación de Dibujo aims to express the vitality and validity of drawing within contemporary art in the region and includes a growing list of artists.  

Check out the blog here. 
Image: Artwork by Carmen Elena Trigueros. Courtesy Habitación de Dibujo.
CCE SAN SALVADOR PRESENTS EL PRADO DESDE CENTROAMERICA
The Spanish Cultural Center in San Salvador opened the group exhibition El Prado Desde CentroAmerica, celebrating Prado Museum Spain's bicentennial. Including work by Salvadoran artists Ana Cruz, Sally Domenech. Oscar Pérez, Danny Ruiz, Jonathan Trejo, Orlando Villatoro and Daniel Valladares, as well as artists from Guatemala and Honduras, the exhibition is on view until November 10.
Read more here. 
Image: Orlando Villatoro, detail. Courtesy the artist.
EDUARDO CRESPÍN AWARDED TEOR/éTICA GRANT
Salvadoran artist and curator Eduardo Crespín won a “Flotador” Grant, awarded by TEOR/éTica, Costa Rica. Crespín will develop his project “Santa Bestia”, which aims to collaboratively devise a figure to accompany and protect migrants in their journey, inspired by Latin American saint devotion culture. This figure is named after a train, “La Bestia”, used by migrants to go to the United States.  Flotador Grants aim to support projects by emerging visual artists from Central America. 
 
Image: Eduardo Crespín. Sketch of "Santa Bestia". Courtesy the artist.
SPARTACOUS CACAO AT ESPACIO 132
Salvadoran artist Spartacous Cacao opens his solo exhibition Marka at Journey The Gallery in Espacio 132. Marka is a result of a personal exploration of personal identity, diaspora and environment. Through linocuts, the artist depicts day-to-day scenes and symbols of El Salvador, as they relate to themes of the idea of diaspora and nostalgia.
Image: Spartacous Cacao. Courtesy the artist.
JUAN CARLOS LAZO AT LUIS POMA THEATER
On October 10, Salvadoran artist Juan Carlos Lazo Tablas opened the exhibition Jade Lords at Luis Poma Theater in San Salvador. curated by Antonio Romero, Jade Lords presents a series of works that juxtapose Pre-Columbian iconography with images from popular culture. 
Image: Juan Carlos Lazo, painting part of the exhibition “Jade Lords”. Courtesy the artist. Photograph by René Figueroa.
MIGUEL MEMBREÑO AT THE MUSEUM OF ART OF EL SALVADOR
Salvadoran illustrator Miguel Membreño opens his solo exhibition El Centro at the Museum of Art of El Salvador (MARTE). El Centro presents a series of digital paintings inspired by Downtown San Salvador, including its monuments, buildings and people in scenes which conflate past, present and future. El Centro is part of FIST- a three-day illustration festival taking place at the Museum of Art of El Salvador from October 18 to 20, 2019. 
See more of Miguel Membreño's work here.
Image: Miguel Membreño. Courtesy the artist.
TOÑO SALAZAR ONLINE EXHIBITION
The Museum of Art of El Salvador (MARTE)  presents Muecas Conocidas, an exhibition celebrating Salvadoran artist Toño Salazar’s first exhibition at the Colón Theater. Curated by Andrea Gómez, the exhibition comprises an online 360° tour of 20 artworks by the artis,t and is on view until October 30, 2019.
View Muecas Conocidas here.
Image: Illustration by Toño Salazar, courtesy MARTE.
SUMARTE AUCTION AND EXHIBITION AT MARTE

The annual SUMARTE Art Auction and exhibition is on view at the Museum of Art of El Salvador. The auction includes works by Salvadoran and international artists and supports the educational program of the museum. This year, artist Patricio Majano was awarded the Rodolfo Molina Prize, and artist Manases Ayala was awarded the Art Residency SUMARTE-LFBK. The exhibition is on view until November 6, 2019.
View the catalog of the exhibition here.
Image: Mauricio Esquivel, "Arquitectura sin arquitectos". Courtesy SUMARTE and the artist.
SANTIAGO VALLADARES AT THE EL SALVADOR MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS, LA LIBERTAD
Salvadoran artist Santiago Valladares opens his solo exhibition Imaginarum in the Honor Hall of the Ministry of External Affairs, La Libertad, El Salvador. The exhibition presents both Valladares surrealist paintings and sculptures. Imaginarum is on view until November 15, 2019. Read more about Santiago Valladares's work here. 
Image: Santiago Valladares, detail. Courtesy the artist.
PEDRO ANTONIO IPIÑA AT THE EL SALVADOR MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS, LA LIBERTAD

Salvadoran artist Pedro Antonio Ipiña opens his solo exhibition Generic of Times in the Camilo Minero Hall of the Ministry of External Affairs, La Libertad, El Salvador. on October 31 at 5:45 pm. Generic of Times presents thirteen artworks transitioning from a sober figurative representation to abstraction. 
Image: Pedro Antonio Ipiña. Courtesy the artist.

PRESS
 
YES CONTEMPORARY TURNS 5- FEATURED IN EL DIARIO DE HOY
YES Contemporary’s five years is overviewed in El Salvador’s national newspaper El Diario de Hoy. The article highlights YES programs and includes words by YES founder Mario Cader-Frech, YES team's Claire Breukel, and director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago Natasha Egan who visited El Salvador in September this year. Thanks to Diana Orantes for this article. Read the full article here.
GUADALUPE MARAVILLA FEATURED IN THE BROOKLYN RAIL
Guadalupe Maravilla's exhibition Saga at Jack Barrett Gallery in New York, is featured in the Brooklyn Rail ArtSeen section. Kathleen Hefty eloquently sums up Maravilla's exhibition: "It is a powerful and triumphant celebration of life, serving as an urgent reminder of the human side of the immigration crisis."
Read the full article here. 
DALIA CHÉVEZ IN LA PRENSA GRÁFICA

Arts professional and educator Dalia Chévez was interviewed in La Prensa Gráfica newspaper in the section “Seventh Sense”. In the interview, Chévez talks about her professional practice, specifically her role linking arts and education. 
Read the complete interview here.
EXHIBITION REVIEW OF

GUADALUPE MARAVILLA'S PORTALS  
at ICA MIAMI


BY CLAIRE BREUKEL
A “portal” is a doorway, entrance or gate, often large and imposing. In the context of immigration, the title of Guadalupe’s Maravilla’s solo exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Miami, could not be more apt.  Himself a former undocumented immigrant, Maravilla entered a portal to the Unites States as a Salvadoran child.  As such, his exhibition tackles topics surrounding the realities of migration with unique complexity and gravity.

Using the word ice literally, while referencing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement anagram, Maravilla shows playful yet disturbing white and red embroideries of hands, skulls and drops of water melting from cubes, or perhaps the red drops are blood.
These embroideries overlay a wall mural reminiscent of a hand drawn map marking territory and possible routes of travel. The mural is a result of a Salvadoran children’s number and drawing game called “Tripa Chuca”, which, ironically translates to dirty guts. Maravilla’s game has been played by three generations of immigrants—second generation, newly documented and undocumented. 

This wall is in turn the background to four life size sculptural sound gong headdresses.  Combining Mayan symbols, mythology as well as contemporary and anatomical paraphernalia, Maravilla conflates cultural references to create a modern day costume of multiplicity embodying today’s complex immigrant identity.
Unlike many art-driven politicized dialogues, Maravilla’s headdresses offer solutions, albeit momentary. Activated during an hour-long performance, the gongs let off vibrational sound for therapeutic healing. Adding a spiritual and human dimension to the cold hard facts of immigration processes, one cannot help feel that the vibrations are a comforting call to the undocumented children who have, and are trying to, pass through the portal. 

Curated by Gean Moreno “Portals” is on view until November 3, 2019

Images by the author with thanks to the artist and ICA Miami. 

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