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July 2019

YES Contemporary announces

BORDERS OF FREEDOM

Curated by Patricio Majano
with work by 
Abigail Reyes, Crack Rodriguez, Fredy Solan, Guadalupe Maravilla, Sayre Quevedo

Sep 6 at 7pm at the Spanish Cultural Center, San Salvador
 
Image: Fredy Solan, The wall comes with me, 2016. Video. Courtesy The Mario Cader-Frech Collection and the artist.
YES Contemporary announces the one night video exhibition "Borders of Freedom". Curated by YES Teammember Patricio Majano, and hosted in partnership with the Spanish Cultural Center (CCESV) in San Salvador,  "Borders of Freedom" explores  themes of freedom and considers what the artists identify as constraints of freedom and ways in which to deal with these issues. The exhibition aims to centralize creative dialogue by artists located in El Salvador and the United States, and Includes videos by Abigail Reyes, Crack Rodríguez, Fredy Solan, Guadalupe Maravilla, Sayre Quevedo.

"Borders of Freedom" debuts four video works part of the YES Contemporary art loan program with work from The Mario Cader-Frech Collection launched in February this year. The screening will be held in conjunction with the 2019 YES Art Trips, and the exhibition "Borders of Freedom" will be available for loan following it's debut. 
Join us! The invitation is here.
The press release is here.
LOAN AN ART WORK

THE 2019 YES ARTIST ACADEMY
ARTS WRITING

Led by Gabriela Poma

Invited writers include:  
Dalia Chévez, Eduardo Crespín, Eugenia P. Guardado
Jaime Izaguirre and Mauricio Kabistan


 
From top left: 
Dalia Chévez
Eduardo Crespín
Eugenia P. Guardado
Jaime Izaguirre
Mauricio Kabistan
The 2019 YES Artist Academy focuses on arts writing, with a one-day immersive workshop led by writer, PHD scholar and YES council member Gabriela Poma. The symposium will feature a presentation by Gabriela on academic writing, curator Alexia Tala on curatorial writing and Assistant Curator and Manager of Publications at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Bryan Barcena, on museum publications. 

Invited Salvadoran arts professionals Dalia Chévez, Eduardo Crespín, Eugenia P. Guardado, Jaime Izaguirre and Mauricio Kabistan will present writing concepts for discussion. 

The symposium is hosted in conjunction with the YES Art Trip and is made possible with support from Mario Cader-Frech and Robert S. Wennett, Gabriela Poma, and Crowne Plaza Conference Center San Salvador.  

YES ONLINE STUDIO VISIT : JULY
 ANTONIO MENA SPEAKS WITH AMANDA SANFILIPPO
 
Salvadoran artist Antonio Mena (left) currently resides in Spain. He is best known for his series "Accumulations" where he "recovers waste materials to work on compositions that re-contextualize these discarded objects." He recently opened an exhibition in Marbella Spain- see international news below. 
Read more about Antonio here.

Amanda Sanfilippo (right) is the Curator and Artist Manager for Miami Dade's Art in Public Places program, and the Director and Chief Curator of Fringe projects. She has her MA in Contemporary Art History from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London in conjunction with the University of Manchester and an undergraduate degree in Art History and English from the University of Vermont, Burlington.
Read more about Amanda here.

YES ANNOUNCES CONTINUED PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CROWNE PLAZA CONFERENCE CENTER 
SAN SALVADOR
 
YES Contemporary is thrilled to continue our partnership with the Crowne Plaza Conference Center in San Salvador. For the past 3 years, the Crowne Plaza has supported YES Art Trips by hosting art trip guests from all over the world in style. We look forward to another wonderful stay. 
Read more about Crowne Plaza here. 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS
 
LA ÚNICA GALLERY AWARDED PRINCE CLAUS FUND GRANT 
La Unica gallery was awarded a Prince Claus award for the project Laboratorix that will support artist and community programming in and around the gallery. Focused on developing critical dialogue and creating opportunities for artists, La Unica gallery is among a select handful of international grantees to receive support. Founded by Javier Ramírez and Caroline Lacey, La Unica gallery opened its doors in Downtown San Salvador this past June. Congratulations! 
Read more about La Unica here. 
Image: Ronald Morán collection. Courtesy La Única and the artist. 
ABIGAIL REYES PARTICIPATES IN SWISS INSTITUTE RESIDENCY IN NEW YORK, USA
Salvadoran artist Abigail Reyes has been selected for the Clarice O. Tavares Residency at the Swiss Institute. The residency provides artists currently living and working in Latin American the opportunity to live and work in New York City. Reyes will be in residence from  July-September. 
Read more about the residency here. 
Read more about Abigail's work here.
Image: Abigail Reyes, Popular Poetry, 2016-2018. Courtesy the artist. 
WALTERIO IRAHETA BILLBOARD IN BOSTON, USA
Walterio Iraheta’s photograph from the series “FarAway Brother Style” has been featured on a billboard in East Boston following the year long exhibition, “Arquitectura del vaivén: Diasporic Building(s) in Central America’s Northern Triangle”, which showcased 9 photographs from the series. Curated by Gabriela Poma, the exhibition was on view at Harvard’s David Rockefeller Centre for Latin American Studies from October 2018-May 2019. 
Read more about Walterio's work here.
Photo by Gabriela Poma. Courtesy the artist. 
ANTONIO MENA AT WADSTRÖM TÖNNHEIM GALLERY, MARBELLA, SPAIN
Salvadoran artist Antonio Mena is featured in "Escales", a group exhibition curated by María José Cosano at Wadström Tönnheim Gallery. Using found materials, Mena creates sculptures, reliefs and "accumulations", which rethink the aesthetics and function of the original object. "Escales" also features work by Mariajosé Gallardo, Juan López López , Javier Map, Nina Nolte, Tonia Trujillo and Mónica Vázquez Ayala, and is on view through August 16. 
Read more about Antonio's work here. 
MAURICIO ESQUIVEL AT LABORALEATORIO, LIMA, PERU
New York-based Salvadoran artist Mauricio Esquivel participates in the exhibition Al Machete at Laboraleatorio project in Lima, Peru. The group exhibition features work that explores dialogs around the machete as an utilitarian object related to social struggles in Latin America. Fellow artists include Enrrique Miralles ‘Tente’, Ángel Poyón, Graciela Arias, Irvine Torres, Karlo Andrei Ibarra, and Alejandro Alexis García. Part of the 2019 Pan American Games roster, Al Machete is on view until August 22.
See more of Mauricio Esquivel here.
Image courtesy Mauricio Esquivel
GUADALUPE MARAVILLA AT QUEENS MUSEUM, NEW YORK, USA 
On July 21, Salvadoran artist Guadalupe Maravilla conducted a performance “Walk on Water” at the Queens Museum. Especially topical, this performance is the second part of a trilogy that addresses the artist’s experience as an undocumented child and immigrant, as well as deportations within his family. Other performances in the trilogy include “OG of the Undocumented Children” which took place at the Whitney Museum in 2018, and “Disease Thrower”, which will take place at the Knockdown Center in Spring 2020. 
See more of Guadalupe Maravilla here
Image: Characters part of "Walk on Water" performance. Courtesy Guadalupe Maravilla
ULISES VAQUERANO AT POPOROPO PROYECT, GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA
On July 17, Salvadoran artist Ulises Vaquerano opened  “Madriguera” (Burrow), a solo exhibition in the alternative space Proyecto Poporopo in Guatemala City. “Madriguera” comprises  a series of drawings where the artist portrays his partners through different psychological scenarios depicted as confined within their heads.

Details to visit the exhibition can be found here.
See more of Ulises Vaquerano here.
Image: Ulises Vaquerano, artwork part of "Madriguera". Courtesy the artist.
YES ALUMNUS LUISA FUENTES GUAZA WRITES ON SALVADORAN ICON PRUDENCIA AYALA
In 2016, Luisa Fuentes Guaza visited the Museum of Word and Image in San Salvador as part of a YES Art Trip where an exhibition about Prudencia Ayala is featured. This July, Luisa published the article "Emancipation without Asking Permission: Prudencia Ayala", an article discussing the achievements of a women who ran for president in El Salvador-a then impossible proposition. Guaza links this action to current contemporary creative practices in El Salvador.  The article is featured on the Colecćion Patricia Phelps de Cisneros website.  
Read the full article here. 
Image: Courtesy the Museum of Word and Image and the author. 
FRANCIS ALMENDÁREZ PARTICIPATES IN ARTPACE EXHIBITION AND TALK, TEXAS, USA 
On July 18, Salvadoran artist Francis Almendárez performed at the exhibition opening and participated in a talk culminating from ArtPace's 2019 International Artists-in-Residence program. Almendárez was in residence with artists Juana Cordova and Narcissister and worked with guest curator Karina Aguilera Skvirsky.  Read more about Francis's work here. 
YES VISITS ART OMI RESIDENCY, GHENT, NEW YORK
On June 29 and 30, YES Team member Claire Breukel visited Art Omi as a guest critic. Located in Ghent New York, Art Omi feature public art and architecture projects across acres of land, and hosts an annual month long summer residency including 30 international artists. Claire visited studios, including that of Honduran artist Leonardo Gonzalez, along with 3 other guests.  
Read more about Art Omi here. 
Image: Andrea Bowers, "Somos 11 Millones/We Are 11 Million" in collaboration with Movimiento Cosecha, 2018. Neon, Steel. Courtesy ArtOmi and the artist. 
YES HOSTS DINNER TO HONOR GUADALUPE MARAVILLA
YES Contemporary hosted a dinner in honor of Guadalupe Maravilla whose solo exhibition
"Portals" opened at the Institute for Contemporary Art in Miami (ICA) on June 26. Guests included ICA curator and YES alumnus Gean Moreno, art foundation owner Piero Atchugarry, artist and Sunday Painter podcast's Alex Nuñez, ICA curator Stephanie Seidel, among others. 
Read more about Guadalupe's exhibition here. 
Image: YES Founder Robert Wennett, Guadalupe Maravilla and YES Teammember Claire Breukel. 

EL SALVADOR NEWS
 
ANTONIO ROMERO AT NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY
On July 30, artist Antonio Romero opens his solo exhibition "Selfie" at the National Museum of Anthropology (MUNA) in San Salvador. The exhibition presents a series of paintings depicting various subjects taking “selfies". The artist relates the selfie trend on online platforms to the tradition of portrait painting within th paradigms of Western art history. "Selfie" is on view until September 8.
See more of Antonio's work here. 
Image: Antonio Romero, part of "Selfie" exhibition
EMMA SCHONENBERG AT ESPACIO 123
Emma Schonenberg is a Salvadoran surface designer. She opened her exhibition "La Tierra que Sana" at Espacio123 in San Salvador on July 18. Espacio 123 shares: "her floral works, full of color, delicacy and joy have been served as prototypes that later becpme surfaces for notebooks, textiles, crockery and other garments." The exhibition is on view until September 16. 
Read more about Emma's work here. 
“GREENHOUSE” ACTIVITIES AT THE SPANISH CULTURAL CENTER 
From July 8-26, the Spanish Cultural Center in San Salvador (CCESV) launched an intensive three week program of seminars as part of the “Invernadero” (Greenhouse) program. Including eight multidisciplinary professionals, the seminar shares various perspective on the concept of "territories." Additionally, on July 26 at 8pm CCESV will host an open studio evening to showcase the results of “Greenhouse” program. 
Read more about the CCESV here. 
Image: Artist meeting with scholar Selina Blasco at CCESV. Courtesy Dalia Chevez.
JOHANNA RAABE AT LUIS POMA THEATER
El Salvador-based artist Joanna Raabe presents the exhibition “Norte, Sur y en medio” (North, South and the middle) at Luis Poma Theater in San Salvador.  The exhibition shows 9 poems with an analog animation that corresponds to each poem. The work addresses the experience of living within multiple cultures. "Norte, Sur y en medio” is on view until August 11.
See more of Johanna's work here.
Image: Artwork by Johanna Raabe. Photo by Antonio Romero. Courtesy the artist.
HUGO MARTÍNEZ, EDWIN AYALA, JOEL HERRERA AND RAMÓN RIVAS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY OF EL SALVADOR
On July 27, Salvadoran artists Hugo Martínez Acuña, Edwin Ayala, Joel Edmundo Herrera and Ramón D. Rivas opened a group exhibition at the Anthropological Museum at the University of Technology of El Salvador. The exhibition is a survey of their work as part of the celebrations for the 40th Anniversary of the Cultural program at  the University. 
Image: Hugo Martínez, "Suchipop". Courtesy the artist.
FIFTH EDITION OF THE CENTRAL FESTIVAL IN EL SALVADOR
This year the fifth edition of the independent 
festival, Central, focused on Central America and Mexico. Originated in Guatemala, the festival aims to promote the work of visual artists from around the world. This year the festival took place in El Salvador and Guatemala from July 11-15, and included exhibitions, talks and workshops. 
See more of the festival here.
Image: Patricia Orellana Solares, "EPISODIO 7:31.8.2018", Presented at Central Festival exhibition. Courtesy the artist. 

PRESS
 
MUNDOS ALTERNOS WITH BEATRIZ CORTEZ IN NEW YORK TIMES

The traveling exhibition Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas, currently on view at the Queens Museum in New York, is featured in The New York Times. Originated for Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, the exhibition investigates space exploration, as well as notions of utopia and dystopia living in the United States and Latin America, and more.  A group exhibition including work by Salvadoran artist Beatriz Cortez, Mundos Alternos is on view until August 18. 
Read the full article here. 

Image: Beatriz Cortez’s “The Cosmos (Spaceship),” from 2015; wood, acrylic mirror and found sound installation. Credit Beatriz Cortez and Commonwealth and Council; Hai Zhang. 
CRACK RODRIGUEZ WRITES FOR TERREMOTO
Salvadoran artist Crack Rodriguez wrote the article "Introduction to Ignorance" for Terremoto magazine's July edition. Rodriguez describes his action-based practice in context to old and new systems of rule, public perception of Salvadoran politics both past and present, and more.  
Read the full article here. 
Image: Cracky Rodríguez, La Paz dentro del círculo, 2017. Photo by The Fire Theory. Image courtesy of the author
GUADALUPE MARAVILLA ON JOLT RADIO

A conversation and sound experience with Guadalupe Maravilla aired on Jolt Radio on Tuesday, July 9th at 8pm. Hosted by Sunday Painter's Alex Nuñez, the episode was created in tandem with Guadalupe's solo exhibition "Portals" at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Miami.  Listen to Episode 26 with Irvin Morazan (now Guadalupe Maravilla) aired August 2016 here.
ART AND COMPANY RELEASES PODCAST WITH YES TEAM MEMBER CLAIRE BREUKEL

Alette Simmons of Art and Company interviews YES team member Claire Breukel about her life trajectory, career and commitment to diversifying opportunities within art communities. Claire talk about the YES Contemporary art loan program, and more. 

Listen to the podcast on soundcloud here. 

EXHIBITION REVIEW OF

LA PRIMERA
at La Unica Gallery, San Salvador



BY ALEJANDRA PAZ
Under the concept and principles of permaculture, for the Primera exhibition, La Única gallery brings together a group of artists that, in addition to creating, are dedicated to activities such as collecting, cultural management, education, and public presence. From each person’s perspective, guest artists create works reflecting a unique landscape, and which demonstrate a search for sustainability in the creative world of San Salvador. 

Dalia Chévez, artist and workshop worker, presents a complexly simple and educational piece titled Etnogalerías
Prior to the exhibition, the artist explored several commercial galleries that sell work, mainly pictorial. Chévez dialogued with the gallery owners and obtained from each of them artwork on loan.  Etnogaleríasis at a glance a set of works by various authors from various galleries. However, beyond a compilation of works, beyond a show of contemplative purpose, the artist offers us a teaching-learning platform where, through a podcast, she provides information about the project’s process and about the galleries visited by different audiences, widening the lens of the Salvadoran artistic multiverse that exists.
 
Patricio Majano, artist and promoter, also fulfills the function of spectator at cultural-artistic events. The artist starts from his experiences as an audience member using his interest in the connections that are generated through the words and stories that are shared. Columna de Majanoconsists of a column depicting carvings and drawings of scenes derived from gossip shared by actors within the artistic scene. Majano refers to the gossip as a tool of power and also as an extension of the oral tradition. He argues that it is a historical resource since, in El Salvador, there is very little text about the country's art history.

The Primera exhibition also includes works by Orlando Villatoro, Mauricio Kabistan, Cracky Rodríguez, Ronald Moran and Elena Salamanca.
To learn more about La Única gallery and their activities click here. 

Images: Dalia Chévez,  "Etnogalerías", 2019;  Patricio Majano, "Columna de Majano", 2019;  Crack Rodríguez, "Armonía del Péndulo", 2019. All images by Alejandra Paz. Courtesy La Unica and the artist.

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