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May 2019

 REYES RAMÍREZ WINS
2019 YES ARTEINFORMADO WRITERS GRANT

Topic: experience and work of Moe Penders
 
Maureen (Moe) Penders and Reyes Ramírez 
Reyes Ramírez has been selected by independent jury Natalia Zuluaga, Gustavo Pérez Diaz and Elena Salamanca as the winner of the 2019 YES Arts Writers Grant in collaboration with ARTEINFORMADO. Ramírez's article will address a series of artwork by Salvadoran-Houston based artist Maureen (Moe) Penders which recount the experience of losing their father during the war in El Salvador and being told by government that no records of the incident exist. Ramírez will explore how a Salvadoran and Salvadoran-American reconciles memory with reality. The YES Arts Writers grant program is supported by Gabriela Poma and Susanne Meline. 

Read more about Reyes Ramirez here.
Read more about Maureen (Moe) Penders here.
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YES VISITS BEATRIZ CORTEZ
AT BALLROOM MARFA, TEXAS

 
Left: From left YES founding council member Adriana Cisneros de Griffin, YES Founder Mario Cader-Frech, YES Director Claire Breukel and YES Founder Robert Wennett with Beatriz Cortez's installation. Right: Beatriz Cortez's geodesic domes in the courtyard of Ballroom Marfa. 
On May 12 members of the YES council and team visited Ballroom Marfa in Texas, USA to see Beatriz Cortez's new installations and work in the exhibition Candelilla, Coatlicue, and the Breathing Machine. Organized by Ballroom's Director and Curator Laura Copelin, this three person exhibition, also including work by Candice Lin and Fernando Palma Rodríguez, explored themes of human and non-human migration, land rights and use, as well as existentialism.  

Located in a border town in Texas, Ballroom’s courtyard featured Cortez's geodesic domes which explore different versions of modernity, nomadic architectures, and the future imagined. Inside the gallery, Cortez's pinball machine, fortune telling boxes, and more, convey ideas of the past, present and future reimagined.  Thank you to the Ballroom Marfa team for sharing the exhibition with us. 
Left: Nick Griffin playing Beatriz Cortez pinball machine. Right: Adriana Cisneros de Griffin with Cortez's fortune telling machine. 

YES ONLINE STUDIO VISIT : MAY
EDDIE RODOLFO APARACIO SPEAKS WITH JOSÉ CARLOS DIAZ
 
Salvadoran artist based in Los Angeles Eddie Rodolfo Aparacio (left) studied at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, received his MFA Painting/Printmaking from Yale University, his BA Studio Arts from Bard College and studied at Southern California Institute of Architecture. He explains "My recent work and research has focused on the various connections between Central America and Los Angeles. I believe that focusing on multiple sites as a part of the same community and history is a crucial de-colonizing strategy and problematizes the term native."  
 See more of his work here. 

José Carlos Diaz (right) is the chief curator at The Andy Warhol Museum and was included in Artsy’s list of 20 Most Influential Young Curators in the United States. He recently organized Farhad Moshiri: Go West, the first solo museum exhibition of Iranian artist Farhad Moshiri. Diaz was previously the curator of exhibitions at the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach, Florida, where he curated new artist commissions by Athi-Patra Ruga and Sylvie Fleury and the travelling exhibition GOLD.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS
 
THE FIRE THEORY AWARDED CATALYST GRANT BY TEOR/éTica
The art production collective The Fire Theory has been awarded the 2019 Catalyst Grant by TEOR/éTica, Costa Rica. This grant supports organizations, independent spaces, artists collectives and projects that play an important role in the transformation of the cultural scene of Latin America and The Caribbean.
Image: General view of the exhibition ICE by The Fire Theory at Open Source Gallery. Courtesy the Gallery and TFT.
A. STAHL SHOWS AT MUNICIPAL CULTURAL CENTER ÁLVARO ARZÚ IRIGOYEN, GUATEMALA CITY
A. Stahl’s is featured in the exhibition “Las que habitan su territorio (The ones that inhabit their territory)" at the Cultural Center Municipal Álvaro Arzú. The exhibition, curated by Marilyn Boror and Maya Juracán, presents dialogs between the work of nine Latin American women artists. The exhibition is on view until May 25. 
See more of A. Stahl here.
Image: A. Stahl. Sculpture from the Series "Black Flag". Courtesy the artist. 
AMBER ROSE AT EXTRA GALLERY, GUATEMALA CITY
On May 8 Salvadoran artist Amber Rose opened "Cerros Quemados” (Burnt Mountains) a solo exhibition in Galería Extra's project room in Guatemala City. Rose installation works explore notions of the landscape. Simultaneously, the solo exhibition “K’o q’iij ne t’i’lto’ ja juyu’ t’aq’aaj” (There are days when mountains and volcanoes come closer) by Guatemalan artist Manuel Chavajay is on view. 
See more of Amber Rose here.
Image: Amber Rose. Installation part of "Cerros Quemados". 2019. Courtesy the artist.
LA PISCUCHA MAGAZINE 
This month the multilingual literature, arts, and culture magazine La Piscucha
interviews artist Javier Ramírez (Nadie) and poet Christopher Soto (Loma), and features Salvadoran hip hop artist Zaki. Co-founded by Salvadoran writers and editors living in El Salvador and the United States, the magazine was born out of a desire to rebuild communities torn apart by war, migration, and deportation.
Follow @lapiscuchamagazine
Read more about La Piscucha Magazine here. 
Image: Courtesy La Piscucha online. 

EL SALVADOR NEWS
 
MARIO LÓPEZ AT LUIS POMA THEATER
On May 8 artist Mario López Vega opened the solo exhibition “Tunatal” in the lobby of Luis Poma Theater, San Salvador. The exhibition features stone sculptures inspired by the vestiges of the indigenous cultures of El Salvador, his interpretations of their cosmological beliefs and concepts, and associations with the recent history of the country. The exhibition is on view until June 2, 2019.
Image: "Memory Stone", stone collected from Sumpul River, in memory of the 1980's massacre. Courtesy the artist.
INVENTISTAS FESTIVAL AT MASFERRER PLAZA
"Inventistas Festival", an initiative of Balance Restaurant, took place on April 27 at Masferrer Plaza, in San Salvador. The one day event presented interventions by 12 artists and Illustrators; Sonia Lazo, Denisse LV, Jennidabhura, Julsjulsss, Gerardo Gómez, Patricio Majano, Luis Cuervo, Karla Zepeda, Jorge Cordón, Ale, Neto Rodas, Flor Pocasangre, Luis Hernández, as well as musicians and dancers performing live. The installations and illustrations are on view through May. 
Image: Live painting by Jorge Cordón at "Inventistas Festival". Courtesy of Balance Restaurant.
DAGOBERTO NOLASCO AT THE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT OF EL SALVADOR
On May 2, Dagoberto Nolasco opened the exhibition “Intimately public” at Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport. The exhibition presents a selection of both early and recent works by the artist addressing themes around the contradiction between life and destruction.
Image: Dagoberto Nolasco, "Reflexiones, augurios y ficciones" (detail). Oil on canvas. Courtesy the artist.
SUMARTE ART AUCTION AND LA FABRI-K LAUNCH AN ART PRODUCTION INCENTIVE PROGRAM
The Museum of Art of El Salvador (MARTE) launches a Art Production Incentive Program as part of their annual auction SUMARTE. The program will grant one Salvadoran artist six months studio space at La Fabri-k, counseling by one or more La Fabri-k artists, travel expenses, and space for an exhibition at La Fabri-k at the end of the residency. Artist participating in SUMARTE's “selected artists category” are eligible for this program.
Image: Renowned artist Ronald Moran speaks to visiting YES Art Trip guests at the La Fabri-k space in March 2018. 

PRESS
 
ALEXIA MIRANDA IN GALERIE MAGAZINE
Alexia Miranda's XIII Havana Biennial project is featured in Galerie Magazine. At the Biennial, Miranda presented “Collective weaving”, a project where she invited groups of people to collectively build an installation by weaving gauze ribbons together to create a structure-- a collective construction.

Read the full article here.
Image: Alexia Miranda. "Collective weaving, The Jellyfishes" 2018. Courtesy the artist.
BEATRIZ CORTEZ FEATURED IN ARTISHOCK
Beatriz Cortez’ solo exhibition “Trinidad / Joy Station” is featured in Artishock Magazine. The show at The Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) presents sculptures that represent an imaginary space station inhabited by indigenous people. The article also features “Nomad 13”, a collaborative project between Cortez and LA artist Rafa Esparza that consists of a space capsule that houses a garden of plants indigenous to the Americas.
Read the full article here.
Image: Beatriz Cortez. “Trinidad / Joy Station”. Courtesy the artist.
BEATRIZ CORTEZ FEATURED IN LOS ANGELES TIMES
Beatriz Cortez's solo exhibition at the Craft Contemporary Museum in Los Angeles is featured in the Los Angeles Times. "Her solo show — the first by a Salvadoran artist at the museum — imagines a space station, the ultimate architecture of survival, through a distinctly indigenous lens."
Read the full article here.
Image: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times
HUGO MARTÍNEZ ACUÑA FEATURED IN EL DIARIO DE HOY
Salvadoran artist Hugo Martínez Acuña is featured in the May 12 edition of D7 Magazine within the central newspaper El Diario de Hoy. In the article Martínez Acuña shares his painting which capture and reinterpret various architectural landmarks and landscapes within San Salvador’s historical center.

See more of Hugo Martínez Acuña's work here.
Image: Hugo Martínez, "Cinema Treasure" Oil in canvas. Courtesy the artist.

EXHIBITION REVIEW OF
“Las Hieleras”

MAURICIO ESQUIVEL
The Museum of Art of El Salvador

September 2018

BY EDUARDO CRESPÍN

Zero tolerance, shithole countries, security starts at the borders, the big mistake of Europe is to accept immigrants!
The new migration policies that have been established in the United States in the last few months are stigma producers that circulate openly in developed countries. The restrictions seem to extend beyond the boundaries of North America. Countries such as Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, now present similar policies to their neighbors: Venezuela, Bolivia and countries that do not belong to the Mercosur. Migratory obstacles are imposed on the otherness that, due to various social phenomena, seeks a quality of life different from that lived within its geographical limits.
Mauricio Esquivel's exhibition, “Las hieleras, el odio a los pobres (Iceboxes, hatred of the poor)", explores these limitations, which have been present since the beginning of the 20th century and which have become violently strong in recent years. The installation, composed of elements such as a cold space, golden wallpaper on the walls, and more, tackles experiences suffered by immigrants within prisons located in states such as Texas and along the US border.
Esquivel's artwork presents a recreation of these prisons, where traveling families are separated and then processed and deported, blaming them only for their search for a better quality of life. The cold atmosphere of the room is bathed in a golden tinge from the wallpaper on the walls, causing the sensation of being cryogenized inside the prison, in itself a sublime act. The installation also shares didactics, including sketches and videos placed inside the space, which delve further into the discourse of the subject.
The exhibition explores this phenomenon that extends permanently and transcends the borders of our borders, in turn, aims to generate the seed of reflection in the audience.

See more of Mauricio Esquivel here.

Images: Mauricio Esquivel "Las hieleras, el odio a los pobres" at the Museum of Art of El Salvador. 2018. Image credits: Reynaldo Rodríguez and Norte Films. Courtesy the artist.

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