YES councilmember Carolina Alvarez-Mathies appointed El Salvador's Ambassador
on Special Mission for Cultural Affairs
In addition to her position as Director of External Affairs at Creative Time, Carolina Alvarez-Mathies has been named El Salvador's Ambassador on Special Mission for Cultural Affairs.
In this new role Ms. Alvarez-Mathies will work to strengthen and promote El Salvador's culture worldwide, and raise the visibility of Salvadoran artists.
OPEN CALL TO CREATIVES
(NOT) A $#IT#OLE
We invite all artists, curators and art fans to respond to the statement "why are we letting in people from $hit#ole countries?" reported to have been made by US President Donald Trump when referring to Haiti, African countries and El Salvador, by Instagramming an image that expresses your ideas on immigration, coming from, living in, visiting or imagining El Salvador.
Simply create a post and include: #notashithole #noesunagujerodemierda @yescontemporary YES will repost your images throughout the month of February.
Images: 2017 YES Art Trip guests and artists. Photo: Walterio Iraheta; Patricio Majano sharing El Salvador's architectural history with visiting guest Susanne Meline.
ONLINE STUDIO VISIT
Vivian Pfeiffer + Simón Vega
This February Vivian Pfeiffer will be speaking with Simón Vega about his work and upcoming projects. Ms Pfeiffer visited El Salvador in 2017 as part of a YES art trip.
Vivian Pfeiffer (left) is the Deputy Chairman, Americas and Head of Business Development at PHILLIPS. Prior to PHILLIPS, Ms. Pfeiffer worked at Christie’s and was instrumental in building the company’s success in Latin American Paintings. Most recently, she was SVP and Managing Director for Christie’s North and South American Regional offices, as well as International Senior Contemporary Art Specialist. During her early tenure as Regional Director in the Latin American Paintings Department, she contributed to the success of the growing collecting field and was instrumental in the sale of many major works. In 1993, she organized the first Latin American Paintings benefit sale in New York City to raise funds for AIDS research. Ms. Pfeiffer holds a B.S., B.A. and an M.B.A. from the University of Hartford.
Simón Vega (right) creates drawings, sculptural installations and happenings inspired by local markets, self-made-architecture and vendor carts found in Central America. These works parody Cold War spaceships and capsules, Mayan pyramids, Modernism's iconic buildings and contemporary surveillance systems, creating a humorous fusion between first and third worlds. Born in El Salvador in 1972, Simon Vega graduated in Fine Arts at the University of Veracruz in Mexico in 2000 and received a Master´s degree in Contemporary Arts from the Complutense University in Madrid in 2006. He has exhibited his work extensively in Europe, the United States and Latin America, including the 55th Venice Biennial in Italy (2013), the IX Havana Biennial, in Cuba (2006), El Museo del Barrio's "The S-Files" show in New York (2011) and at the Hilger BROT Kunsthalle in Vienna, Austria, amongst others.
BEATRIZ CORTEZ + RAFA ESPARZA . COMMONWEALTH AND COUNCIL, LOS ANGELES, USA
Salvadoran artist Beatriz Cortez and artist Rafa Esparza collaborate on an exhibition of new work titled “Pasado mañana (The Day After Tomorrow).” Together, they posit immigrant labor as a foundation for building a future in which multiple imaginaries of gender, race, class, and culture become possible.
"Pasado mañana" is on view at Commonwealth and Council, 3006 W 7th Street, Suite 220, Los Angeles, until March 3, 2018.
Images: Still from "Pasado mañana," courtesy the artists; Rafa Esparza and Beatriz Cortez also collaborated on "Portal Sur, after Copan", 2017 at Ballroom Marfa. Courtesy Rafa Esparza Beatriz Cortez/Ballroom Marfa/Adobero Don Manuel Rodriguez/Alex Marks
ABIGAIL REYES . RANDOM INSTITUTE
Random Institute is featuring Abigail Reyes's "Sí Señor, 2016" video work as part of In Focus, a monthly showcase of new video art. "Sí Señor" comprises a montage of clips taken from Latin American Telenovela's featuring secretaries repeating the words "sí señor (yes sir)."
At once amusing and unsettling, the work highlights gender roles and stereotypes. Organized by curator Sandino Scheidegger, the video can be viewed in full length for a limited time here. Images courtesy the artist.
ERNESTO BAUTISTA . BIENAL DEL SUR : PEOPLE IN RESISTANCE, CARACAS, VENEZUELA
Ernesto Bautista represents El Salvador in the 2nd Bienal del Sur themed People in Resistance, organized by The Institute of Visual Arts and Space as part of the Ministry of People's Power for Culture in Venezuela. The exhibition features 81 "anti-imperialist" artists from 35 countries and aims to convey a message of "anti-hegemony."
The exhibition is on view at The Institute of Visual Arts and Space in Caracas until February 25. More information is available here.
Images: Documentation from Ernesto Bautista's project featured in Bienal del Sur.
DIALOGUES IN SALVADORAN ART . MUSEUM OF ART OF EL SALVADOR
The exhibition "Dialogues in Salvadoran Art" curated by Simón Vega and Rafael Alas Vásquez, opened at the Museum of Art of El Salvador (MARTE) on January 19, 2018. The exhibition includes a significant cross section of contemporary artists working in El Salvador and from the diaspora, and features work centered on two themes "When there was fire...Contemporary Art" and "Between Reality and Imagination. "Dialogues" is on view until December 2022. Click here for more information.
LAUNCH OF DESNUDAS CULTURAL INTERVIEW SHOW
«Desnudas» is a cultural interview show, hosted by artists NadiA and Tiernity. Combining serious criticism with a sharp sense of satire, the show aims to stir debate around topics central to contemporary art, and features guests that play key roles in Salvadoran arts and culture. The show debuted this month with an interview with Gabriel Granadino, Salvadoran visual artist, graphic designer and musician. See the interview here.Follow Desnudas on Facebook and Instagram.
YES MEET THE ARTIST Written by Patricio Majano
Kevin Baltazar is a Salvadoran artist whose work focuses on the relationship between human beings and their environment. During an arts residency at Cartes-Univasf in Bahia Brazil, he brought his performative practice of wrapping human subjects to Ilha do Fogo (Island of Fire), expanding his ongoing series Inhabitant Zero.
Here, he married the context of the surrounding island with techniques developed in previous work made in El Salvador. Baltazar created three more series of work during this residency, seen on the left works from Ataduras Anonimas (Faceless), Disidencias (Dissidences), and Tradiciones Disidentes (Dissenting Tradition).
Ataduras Anonimas is a series of photographs from performances where local residents are bound to the urban landscape using plastic thread to cover their faces and hide their identity. At the same time, the thread ties them to their environment, making visible the link between individuals and surroundings that in many ways determines their identity.
Images: Kevin Baltazar, “Ataduras Anonimas (Faceless),” photograph of performance, 2017; “Disidencias,” installation, 2017; “Tradiciones Disidentes,” installation, 2017. Presented at Centro Cultural João Gilberto. 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.
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