joins Spain's Reina Sofía National Museum International Council
YES founder and chair Mario Cader-Frech joins the International Patronage Council of the Fundación Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid, Spain. The Fundación focuses its mission around the renowned museum's collection, specifically highlighting the presence of Latin American art within it. Mario Cader-Frech shares, "I am thrilled to be working with a museum of the stature of the Reina Sofia, and hope to bring my experience of contemporary art from El Salvador to the council while fulfilling YES Contemporary's mission of increasing awareness of the artists from, and in, the country."
YES Artist Project Grant
Deadline June 30, 2018
The 2018 YES Artist Grants awards any artist anywhere between $500-$1,500 to support a project, travel or exhibition opportunity related to contemporary art from or in El Salvador. Launched in 2017, the grant is awarded by an independent jury of art professionals for a project happening between August 1 2018-July 31, 2019. Grant deadline: June 30, 2018.
The 2018 Grant for Artists Jury
From left: Independent curator, London/Guatemala, Pablo José Ramírez; Chief Curator of the Museum of Art and Design in Costa Rica, Daniel Soto Morúa and Ana Tomé, Director of the Museo Reina Sofía Foundation in Madrid, Spain.
Albertine Stahl is working in Miami for the month of May as a guest of the Fountainhead Residency, thanks to the support of founder Kathryn and Dan Mikesell. Born in El Salvador, Albertine is based in Costa Rica and is also participating in a year-long residency at Luis Adelantado gallery in Mexico City. Currently she is working on a series of large scale canvases which render found images of crashes and disasters collaged on 3-D objects, on to the 2-D canvas surface.
In Miami? See Albertine's work in person at the Fountainhead Residency Open Studios on May 26, 2018, 6-9pm.
Image: Albertine Stahl, Babilonia, 2016. Acrylic on canvas.
BEATRIZ CORTEZ FEATURED IN CSUN TODAY , USA
An article in CSUN Today featured the work of Salvadoran artist and professor Beatriz Cortez highlighting her role speaking out on behalf of immigrants, sharing her own experiences and insights. Cortez shares,"My art is about my experience of immigration, my growing up in the war, but it is also about people who inspire me, such as philosophers and musicians”. Read the article here.
ANTONIO ROMERO AT GALERIE ATELIER AHTZIC SILIS, LYON, FRANCE
Salvadoran artist Antonio Romero is participating in the Latin America and the Caribbean week in Lyon France. Romero will present part of his project “Murmullo” along with the work of Peruvian artist Teresa Bracamonte at Galerie Atelier Ahtzic Silis from May 28 - June 23, 2018.
YES CONTEMPORARY AT AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR MUSEUM CURATORS CONFERENCE, MONTREAL, CANADA
The 2018 American Association for Museum Curators conference was held in Montreal, Canada from May 5-8, and featured the discussion "Preventing Cultural Isolationism" proposed and moderated by YES Contemporary Executive Director Claire Breukel and Andy Warhol Museum Chief Curator Jose Carlos Diaz. The panel featured SCAD Museum of Art Curator Humberto Moro, and presented case studies to offer solutions as to how curators can better represent artists working in lesser known or marginalized areas.
Image: Artwork by Melissa Guevara, I Am Still Alive.
YES CONTEMPORARY AT REFERENTES EXPOCULTURA IN MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA
YES Contemporary is invited to participate in the 2018 Referentes EXPOCultura convening in Medellin, Colombia from May 10-12, 2018. YES Executive Director Claire Breukel presented the talk "Alternative Philanthropic Approaches to Supporting the Arts" using YES Contemporary as a case study, and participated in a series artist portfolios and programs.
RE:CONSTRUCCIÓN PROJECT EXHIBITION AT SPANISH CULTURAL CENTER, SAN SALVADOR
Organized by Sayre Quevedo, The Fire Theory and Virgin Studio, the traveling and evolving RE: ConstrucciónProject exhibition opens at the Spanish Cultural Center in San Salvador on Wednesday, May 16 at 6:30pm. The exhibition includes the work of Salvadoran artists in El Salvador as well as in the diaspora, and is on view until June 30.
Salvadoran painter Gerardo Gómez opened the exhibition "Sin buscar la idea brillante" at The Luis Poma Theater. Within his self-taught practice Gómez experiments with different ways of dealing with painting as well as a variety of themes ranging from psychedelia, punk and collage to politics and the representation of everyday spaces.
Salvadoran artist Oscar Pérez debuted his exhibition “Oneiric Creatures/Tribute to Salvador Dalí” at the Alliance Française Mariane House on May 15. For this exhibition Pérez created a series of sculptures inspired by the work of the Spanish artist, and in memory of Dalí’s birthday.
Caroline Lacey is a photographer and an art professional from the United States currently working in El Salvador. In her photographs she presents a particular point of view of individuals, spaces and situations in everyday life.
“Queen of the Most Violent Country in the World” is an ongoing project she began in 2017. Since then, Lacey has accompanied NadiA—a transvestite from San Salvador—through daily life. Utilizing a journalist approach, combined with an aesthetic interest, Lacey introduces the spectator to the life of NadiA. Her work presents and narrates moments that describe how the life of a person part of the LGBTQIA community in El Salvador is lived.
Caroline Lacey’s practice highlights the way Salvadoran social structures affect the LGBTQIA community, however does not adhere to the limitations of pessimism. Instead, Lacey emphasizes how people like NadiA embrace their identity despite implied difficulties.
Images: Caroline Lacey, Queen of the Most Violent Country in the World (extracts). Photographs and text. 2017-ongoing. Courtesy the artist.
Patricio Majano (1992) is a Salvadoran art professional, who graduated from the Art School at the University of El Salvador. His artwork focuses on the Salvadoran environment and society, and has been exhibited in El Salvador, USA, Guatemala and Spain. Currently he participates in the Forma Museum program for violence prevention.
Y.ES is an initiative of the Robert S. Wennett and Mario Cader-Frech Foundation