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June 2018

YES + FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY
announce the exhibition

BLACK MIRROR 
Works from the Mario Cader-Frech Collection
at FAU University Schmidt Center and Ritter Art Galleries

Opening February 14, 2019
 
Image: Beatriz Cortez, Black Mirror installation. Photo by James MacDevitt. Courtesy the artist and the Mario Cader-Frech collection.
The exhibition titled Black Mirror, named after a work by Beatriz Cortez in the exhibition, opens on February 14, 2019 across three galleries at the Florida Atlantic University. The exhibition showcases key works on loan from, and commissioned by, the Mario Cader-Frech Collection by mid-career and established artists Abigail Reyes, Albertine Stahl, Beatriz Cortez, Crack Rodríguez, Ernesto Bautista, Guadalupe Maravilla, Karlos Cárcamo, Mayra Barraza, Ronald Morán, The Fire Theory, Simón Vega, Verónica Vides and Walterio Iraheta. 

Black Mirror, curated by YES Director Claire Breukel,questions the apparent and latent economic, cultural, social and political disparities that impact the 'global south', and the use of the body through action, performance to shift the boundaries of what traditionally defines private and public space, art and activism.  

 

ARTIST PROJECT GRANT

DEADLINE JUNE 30

 
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. 

Winning applications will be selected by Independent curator 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.  
Apply
EXHIBITION GUIDE WANTED

Based in Miami and interested in contemporary art from El Salvador?
YES is looking for a docent to help guide tours.

Contact claire@yescontemporary.org for information 
 
INTERNATIONAL
GUADELUPE MARAVILLA AT THE WHITNEY MUSEUM OF ART, NEW YORK CITY, USA
Guadalupe Maravilla (formerly Irvin Morazan) participates in PachaLlaqtaWasichay: Indigenous Space, Modern Architecture, New Art at the Whitney Museum of Art. Organized by assistant curator Marcela Guerrero and curatorial project assistant Alana Hernandez, the exhibition 
investigates contemporary art practices that preserve and foreground Indigenous American notions of the built environment and natural world. In addition to Maravilla, the exhibition includes emerging Latinx artists based in the United States and Puerto Rico; William Cordova, Livia Corona Benjamín, Jorge González, Claudia Peña Salinas, Ronny Quevedo and Clarissa Tossin, and is on view from July 13–September 30, 2018. 
See more of Guadalupe Maravilla's work here.
Image: Guadalupe Maravilla, "The Magus Performance", Metropolitan Museum of Art, Oceanic Gallery, New York, 2014
ABIGAIL REYES VIDEO ACQUIRED BY KADIST FOUNDATION, PARIS, FRANCE AND SAN FRANCISCO, USA
The Kadist Foundation have acquired Abigail Reyes "Sí Señor," 2016 video work for their collection. Si Señor comprises a series of clips from Spanish soap opera Telenovelas depicting women in the work place uttering the words "si señor."  Exhibited extensively, including at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris and as part of Random Institute's "In Focus", the video simultaneously evokes humor and discomfort to question the depiction of women in the work place. 

Kadist is an interdisciplinary contemporary arts organization with an international contemporary art collection. 

See more of Abigail Reyes's work here
Image: Abigail Reyes, "Si Señor", 2016. Detail of still from video. Courtesy the artist. 
THE FIRE THEORY, MELISSA GUEVARA AND CRACK RODRIGUEZ AT THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA 
The Fire Theory and artists Melissa Guevara and Crack Rodríguez participate in Al Dictado. Arte y conflicto en Centroamérica (To Dictate: art and conflict in Central America) at the Museum of Modern Art, Medellin (MAMM).  Curated by Juan José Santos and Isabela Villanueva, Al Dictado explores processes of violence experienced in Central America, both inflicted by the State and embedded in the psychology of the everyday.

Including emerging and established artists: 
José Castrellón, Sila Chanto, Benvenuto Chavajay, Adrián Flores Sancho, Regina Galindo, Leonardo González, Jessica Lagunas, Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, Christian Salablanca, Adán Vallecillo and Fredman Barahona, the exhibition opens on June 27 at 6:30pm and is on view until September 9, 2018. 
Image: Melissa Guevara, Anthropometry, 2012. Human bone powder and hourglasses. 
MARIO CADER-FRECH INTERVIEWED IN ARTEINFORMADO
Read an interview with YES Founder and chairperson Mario Cader-Frech on his philanthropy, and the challenges and excitements of working with lesser known art communities within a "global" context. 

Read the ARTEInformado interview here. 
Photo by Carlos Cader. 
EL SALVADOR
THE FIRE THEORY AT THE MUSEUM OF ART OF EL SALVADOR
The Fire Theory Project, founded by artists Melissa Guevara, Mauricio Kabistan, Crack Rodriguez and Ernesto Bautista presents "Declaración Negada (Declaration Denied) at the Museum of Art of El Salvador (MARTE) as part of MARTE Contemporary from June 15- July 8, 2018.  The exhibition uses the museum as a meeting point for social activists and organizations to offer commentary on issues that affect human rights in El Salvador, including labor conditions, consumerism, ideas of privilege and inequality, and more. These comments are notarized and offered to the public as statements for contemplation. The exhibition opens with a performance by the artists. 
 
Image: Ernesto Bautista "Manifesto of Death" from the exhibition God, Union, Liberty at Prosjektrom Normanns, Norway, curated by Omar Lopez Chahoud. 
ANTONO CAÑAS AT TEATRO LUIS POMA, SAN SALVADOR 
The Luis Poma Theater presents “La mirada en la bestia (The Gaze on the Beast)”, an exhibition of paintings by Antonio Cañas.  Here Cañas depicts the minotaur as a central figure to connect the nature of this mythic beast with human nature.The exhibition is on view until July 1, 2018. 
See more of Antonio Cañas's work here
Image: Detail of a painting by Antonio Cañas. Courtesy the artist. 
CARMEN ELENA TRIGUEROS AT IL BONGUSTAIO, SAN SALVADOR 
Salvadoran artist Carmen Elena Trigueros shows work from three series she made between 2010-2016 in an exhibition at Il Bongustaio bar and restaurant and Nico Urban in San Salvador. 

See more of Carmen Elena Trigueros's work here. 
 

YES MEET THE ARTIST
By Patricio Majano


Dalia Chévez
 
Dalia Chévez is a Salvadoran art professional whose practice is connected to working and creating collectively.  She was a member of the art collectives Artefacto (2006-2008) and Artificio (2008-2009), and conducted various pedagogical art projects at the University of El Salvador, among other venues. 

Her interest for collective creation is evident in her artwork, which is influenced by ideas within relational aesthetics.  This can be seen in the emphasis she places on the audience experience.  Specifically she seeks to evoke spontaneous reactions from the viewer that stimulate active thinking and generate ideas.  She avoids passive contemplation.  

 
In fact, participation of the viewer is essential to her work, and the search for ways to evoke reactions determines Chevez’s creative process. She does this by combining and manipulating ordinary everyday objects to create sculptures and installations. The objects are presented in an unusual manner and become decontextualized, provoking an alternative perception of the objects regular use and function.   
 
In her recent work “Es complicado (It is complicated)” Chevez combines several elements related to rituality and spirituality.  She uses objects such as candles, cigars, nails, flowers and soil, which are common in popular religious practices in El Salvador.  Other elements such as a sewn heart, as well as the artwork title, suggest sentimentality.  The union of these elements recalls an altar, however the way in which these various objects interact together generates ideas beyond the usual concept of an altar, religion or love. It is more complicated. 
Images: Dalia Chévez, Es complicado (It is complicated), 2018. Installation with paper, hypoallergenic fiber, paperboard, candles, cigars, flowers, thorns, needles, onions, nails, threads and soil. 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.  
Y.ES is an initiative of the Robert S. Wennett and Mario Cader-Frech Foundation 
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