BLACK MIRROR AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY Curated by Claire Breukel
Selected works from The Mario Cader-Frech - YES Loan Program
Walterio Iraheta, Casa en Ilobasco, El Salvador from the series FarAway Brothers Style, 2007-2010, 24 x 26 inches. Courtesy the Mario Cader-Frech collection and the artist.
Join us on February 14, 2019 for the opening of Black Mirror at Florida Atlantic University. Black Mirror features multimedia work from The Mario Cader-Frech collection, by contemporary artists impacted by the Salvadoran Civil War (1979-1991), immigration, and social and political disparity. Artists include Abigail Reyes, Albertine Stahl, Crack Rodriguez, Ernesto Bautista, Fredy Solano (Póker), Guadelupe Maravilla (formerly Irvin Morazan), Karlos Carcamo, Mayra Barazza, Melissa Guevara, Ronald Morán, Simón Vega, The Fire Theory, Verónica Vides and Walterio Iraheta. Curated by Claire Breukel, Black Mirror offers much-needed alternative readings to the status quo, commenting on Pop culture, architecture, and the ways in which people, and the human body, is and can be activated.
THE MARIO CADER-FRECH COLLECTION- YES CONTEMPORARY LOAN PROGRAM Black Mirror will mark the launch of The Mario Cader-Frech Collection- YES Contemporary loan program. This program is focused on making available key works by Salvadoran artists to museums, foundations, curators and galleries. This program will be officially launched during Art Basel Miami Beach where the loan program works will be made available to museum directors, curators and galleries working internationally.
Mario Cader-Frech shares:
I started a collection of work by the most outstanding artists from El Salvador and its diaspora in order to collate a cohesive body of contemporary work, with the idea of making this work accessible to museums and art spaces interested in art from the region. We are thrilled to be working with FAU, and to share this work with their students and the public.
YES ONLINE STUDIO VISIT
BEATRIZ CORTEZ AND ALEJANDRO DE VILLOTA
This month, Los Angeles-based Salvadoran artist Beatriz Cortez speaks with curator and cultural entrepreneur Alejandro de Villota about her prolific practice, which includes sculptures and large scale installations exploring themes of "simultaneity, life in different temporalities and different versions of modernity." In 2017, Alejandro de Villota visited El Salvador as a YES Art Trip guest and subsequently curated the exhibition Palimpsestus: Image & Memory at the Art Museum of the Americas in Washington D.C. including the work of Salvadoran artist Muriel Hasbun.
GUADALUPE MARAVILLA WHITNEY MUSEUM, NEW YORK INTERVIEW
For the exhibition “Pacha, Llaqta, Wasichay: Indigenous Space, Modern Architecture, New Art”, on view through September 30 at the Whitney Museum, Salvadoran artist Guadalupe Maravilla made the work "A requiem for my border crossing."
Guadalupe Maravilla was brought to the United States by a coyote (or human trafficker) as an undocumented eight-year-old, fleeing civil war in El Salvador. In this interview he talks about migratory experiences.
ÓSCAR MOISÉS DÍAZ AT STONE GALLERY, BOSTON
Salvadoran artist Óscar Moisés Díaz participates in “Under a Dismal Boston Skyline” at Stone Gallery from September 14-October 28, 2018. Curated by Lynne Cooney, Evan Fiveash Smith and Leah Triplett Harrington, the exhibition presents artwork by artists from Boston working from the late 1970s to the present. Artists in the exhibition include Art School Cheerleaders, Bobby Abate, Marilyn Arsem, David Armstrong, Genesis Báez, Melanie Bernier, Dana Clancy, Dead Art Star, Nan Goldin, Candice Camille Jackson, Maura Jasper, Justin Lieberman, Steve Locke, Mark Morrisroe, Luther Price, Mike and Doug Starn, Gail Thacker, Shellburne Thurber, and Suara Welitoff, and more.
Image: Óscar Moisés Díaz. "Mal de Amores (Mercedes)". Performance. 2015. Courtesy the artist.
CRACK RODRIGUEZ AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY
A featured guest speaker at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) on August 31, Crack Rodriguez had the opportunity to share his action and performance-based work with students from diverse disciplines, including art students. Rodriguez's video works "La Trinidad" and "Planas" will be shown at FAU as part of the exhibition "Black Mirror" in 2019.
Image courtesy Florida Atlantic University.
ALBERTINE STAHL AT GALERÍA LUIS ADELANTADO, MEXICO
Salvadoran artist based in Costa Rica, Albertine Stahl, is participating in an exhibition at Galería Luis Adelantado. Titled “Transtornos localizados”, the exhibition is a culmination of the gallery’s residency program, Zona_Seis, where Stahl has been working over the last months. The exhibition also features work by Santiago Gómez, Daniel Evo, Jordi Hernández, Fabián Ramírez and Dennis Miranda. The only female artist, Stahl's project includes works that reinterpret two classical painting traditions: portraiture and the landscape.
Image: Albertine Stahl. "Babilonia". Acrylic on canvas. 2016. Courtesy the artist.
TEYO ORELLANA AT PINACOTECA ROQUE DALTON
On September 7 photographer Teyo Orellana opened his solo exhibition “Estereotipos rotos” at Pinacoteca Roque Dalton at the University of El Salvador in San Salvador. Orellana's exhibition comprises unexpected depictions of the female body, raising questions about mass media standards of beauty and social prejudice against being “overweight”.
Salvadoran artist based in Brooklyn, New York, Mauricio Esquivel, in collaboration with Virgin Studio and La Casa Tomada, presents the exhibition “Las hieleras, el odio a los pobres” at the Museum of Art of El Salvador in San Salvador. A site specific installation, the exhibition is a response to the surroundings of detention centers in USA, where migrants are detained until their fate is determined. “Las hieleras, el odio a los pobres” is on view from September 27 to November 4.
Image: Mauricio Esquivel. “Central America Inverted”. Hand cut coin/ photography. 2015. Courtesy the artist.
HUGO MARTÍNEZ AND ANTONIO CAÑAS AT SENDA DE LAS ARTES, ASAMBLEA LEGISLATIVA, SAN SALVADOR
Artists Hugo Martinez and Antonio Cañas opened the exhibition “Nostalgia y Desarrollo” at Senda de las Artes de la Asamblea Legislativa, in San Salvador on September 12. The exhibition presents a series of paintings depicting landscapes and nostalgic images of San Salvador.
Image: Hugo Martínez. "El majestuoso ocaso". Oil on Canvas. Courtesy the artist.
Alexia Miranda and Simón Vega are featured in the article "Gerardo Mosquera Sobre La Curaduría De La Xxi Bienal De Arte Paiz" by Alejandra Villasmil in Artishock online.
Natalia Dominguez's Lo que nunca tuve, lo que olvidé
By Eugenia Pérez Guardado
“Donde Hubo Fuego…” is an exhibition of significant contemporary artworks by Salvadoran artists at the Museum of Art of El Salvador (MARTE). In the thematic section of the exhibition titled “Encierros, espejos, telenovelas, escapes”, an installation by Natalia Dominguez, modified for this exhibition, consists of an individual bed with a wooden base, and on top of it, a concrete mattress with holes filled with preserved fish eyes.
“Donde Hubo Fuego…” aims to elicit feelings of discomfort. The bed - a symbol of a safe and welcoming space - in its revised state shows a cold, opposite reality that offers no rest.
Dominguez intentionally evokes feelings of discomfort by bringing intimate feelings to the surface, and creating a space that allows for the viewer to question the way they share, or do not share, personal feelings. At the same time, "Lo que nunca tuve, lo que olvidé" uses industrial materials, such as concrete, to disrupt ideas of an intimate space and disintegrate the boundary between the private and the public.
Images: Natalia Domínguez. "Lo que nunca tuve, lo que olvidé” (What I never had, what I forgot). Concrete bed with fish eyes in resin. 2009.
Y.ES is an initiative of the Robert S. Wennett and Mario Cader-Frech Foundation