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June 2019

 MEET THE
2019 YES ART TRIP GUESTS 


Kathryn Weir . Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris 
Natasha Egan . MoCP Chicago 
Bryan Barcena . MoCA L.A. 
Alexia Tala . Paiz Biennial, Guatemala
Ana Tome Diaz . Fundacion
 Reina Sofia, Madrid
 






 
From top left Kathryn Weir, Natasha Egan, Bryan Barcena, Alexia Tala and Ana Tome Diaz. 

Learn more about the YES Art Trip 
invited guests here.


 
The 2019 YES Art Trip to El Salvador will be hosted from September 6-11, 2019. Five invited art professionals joining the trip include curator Kathryn Weir who originated "Cosmopolis" at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris; Natasha Egan, Exeuctive Director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago; Bryan Barcena, the Assistant Curator and Manager of Publications at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles; Alexia Tala, curator of the upcoming Paiz Biennial in Guatemala that includes work by Salvadoran artist Guadalupe Maravilla, and Ana Tome Diaz, director of the Fundación Reina Sofia. 

The YES Art Trip brings together these international guests for an immersive introduction to the contemporary art community working in El Salvador. They will be joined by the YES Founders, council members Solita Cohen and Gabriela Poma, as well as the YES Team. 

YES ONLINE STUDIO VISIT : JUNE
MELISSA GUEVARA SPEAKS WITH KATHRYN AND DAN MIKESELL
 
Salvadoran artist Melissa Guevara (left), currently in residency at Flora ars + natura in Bogota, Colombia, has established a prolific multimedia practice including repurposing human bones, creating large scale interventions, and more. She is a founding member of the art production collective, The Fire Theory.  Read more about Melissa here.  

Kathryn and Dan Mikesell (right) are the founders of Fountainhead residency in Miami, an international residency program that has brought more than 370 artists to Miami. Fountainhead provides intimate access to artists and art in order to open people’s minds to the value of diversity and fosters dialogue, creating a more tolerant, respectful and inspired world. 
Read more about Fountainhead Residency here. 
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS
 
GUADALUPE MARAVILLA SOLO EXHIBITION AT ICA MIAMI 
Guadalupe Maravilla opens the solo exhibition "Portals" at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Miami. Curated by Gean Moreno, "Portals" is an installation comprising newly commissioned sculptures. The sculptures address the artists experience and personal mythologies around being part of the first wave of undocumented children to arrive in the United States, due to the Salvadoran Civil War (1979-1992). “Portals” also addresses "current collective anxieties that stem from the fraught political crisis at the United States-Mexico border", and is on view from July 27- November 3, 2019. 
See more of Guadalupe's work here.
FRANCIS ALMENDÁREZ SELECTED FOR ARTSPACE RESIDENCY, SAN ANTONIO 
Salvadoran Houston-based artist Francis Almendárez was selected for the 2019 Summer International Artist-in-Residence at Artpace, San Antonio by guest curator Karina Aguilera Skvirsky. He will be joining artists Juana Córdova and Narcissister in residence from May 28 - Jul 22, 2019. An exhibition of their work will be on view from Jul 18 - Sep 08, 2019.

See more of Francis's work here. 
Read about the residency here. 
ALEXIA MIRANDA ATTENDS ENCUENTRO 2019 AND PERFORMS IN MEXICO CITY
Salvadoran artist Alexia Miranda attended Encuentro 2019 in Mexico City, hosted by the Hemispheric Institute on the theme "The World Inside Out: Humor, Noise and Performance. 
On June 15, Miranda led a collaborative intervention performance titled "Memoria Sonora III" at Ex Teresa Arte Actual in Mexico City. Miranda's "Memoria Sonora" series is a participatory musical and ritual performance. Participants included Jessica Fairfax Hirst, Elia Arce, Temok Saucedo, César Juárez Joyner and Pancho Lopez. 
See more of Alexia's work here. 
Image: "Memoria Sonora." Alexia Miranda (El Salvador). Photo courtesy of the artist.
SIMON VEGA AT TULUM, MEXICO
Salvadoran artist Simón Vega participated in Summit Tulum 2019 in Tulum, Mexico. Vega created the installation “Tropical Space Hostel” and gave a talk about “touristic colonialism”. On June 8, Vega hosted an Open Studio featuring the work he made during the one month long residency, which included space costumes made in collaboration with local artisans. The residency is hosted in collaboration with Maia Contemporary and Papaya Playa Project.

See more of Simón's work here.
Image: Simón Vega, 2019. Photograph by Alejandra Paz, Courtesy the artist.
EDDIE RODOLFO APARICIO IN PARAMO GALLERY, MEXICO
Eddie Rodolfo Aparicio, a Salvadoran artist based in Los Angeles, opened the exhibition “País mío no existes (My country you do not exist)”.  Inspired by the poem “El Gran Despecho” by Salvadoran poet Roque Dalton, Aparicio uses Dalton’s exile history to frame the exhibition.  Using materials that have a strong tie to pre-hispanic cultures in Central America to document Central American communities in Los Angeles, Aparicio explores
themes of migration and what constitutes 'native" and "foreign". “País mío no existes" is on view until September 14.

See more of Eddie's work here.
Image: Eddie Aparicio "Holbein En Crenshaw (Washington Blvd. and Crenshaw Blvd., LA, CA)". Rubber, Sulfur, Tree and Paint residue, and Wood glue on Cotton. 2018. Courtesy the artist.
NADIA SELECTED FOR THE RESIDENCY “TRANSVESTISM OF YESTERDAY AND THE FUTURE”,  COSTA RICA

Salvadoran drag queen NadiA participated in the residence "Transvestism of yesterday and the future" in San José, Costa Rica, from May 30 to June 8. The residence was directed by Nadia Granados (La Fulminante) and Yecid Calderón (Pinina Flandes), and aimed to support creative practices and dialogue related to transvestism. "Transvestism of yesterday and the future" was a collaboration between the Spanish Cultural Centers in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, the Central American and Caribbean Network of Spanish Cultural Centers, Operation Queer and Casa Botánica.
Imagen: NadiA. Fotografía de Caroline Lacey como parte de su proyecto "Reina del país más violento del mundo".
KEVIN BALTAZAR SELECTED FOR THE RESIDENCY ”RAPACES ACTION AND REACTION”, COSTA RICA
Salvadoran artist Kevin Baltazar has been selected for the residency “RAPACES Action and Reflection” that will take place from July 5-16 in San José, Costa Rica. The residency, directed by Patricia Belli of EspIRA and Carla Pravisani, focuses on emerging artists, and explores different models of art and artivism. The residency is a collaboration between the Spanish Cultural Centers in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, Casa Botánica, and EspIRA, with the support of the Central American network of Spanish Cultural Centers.
Image: Kevin Baltazar, “Ataduras Anónimas (Faceless),” 2017. Project supported by a YES Artist Grant.

EL SALVADOR NEWS
 
LA ÚNICA GALLERY OPENS IN SAN SALVADOR
La Única Gallery debuts on June 22 in Downtown San Salvador with an exhibition titled
“Primera” (“First” exhibition). This group exhibition aims to define what the art system in El Salvador is, and includes works by Dalia Chévez, Crack Rodríguez, Mauricio Kabistán, Patricio Majano, Ronald Morán, Elena Salamanca and Orlando Villatoro. La Única Gallery is a contemporary art space dedicated to Central American artists and its diaspora and aims to provide a space for creation and art encounters.
See more about La Única gallery
here.
NATALIA DOMINGUEZ AT THE MUSEUM OF ART OF EL SALVADOR
On June 6, Natalia Dominguez opened her exhibition "Estigmas" at the Museum of Art of El Salvador (MARTE). Curated by Eduardo Crespín, "Estigmas" explores violent ways of communicating, specifically as they relate to stereotypes, prejudices and stigmas. In 2018, Dominiguez won the 2018 Hocus Pocus Prize and was awarded this exhibition at the museum by MARTE Contemporary. "Estigmas" is on view until August 11. 
Read more about Natalia's work here.
Read the article published in El Diario de Hoy about the exhibition here.
Image: Detail. Courtesy the artist.
BERNARDO ORTIZ AT LUIS POMA THEATER
Artist Bernardo Ortiz is presenting the exhibition “Only God Knows if I Will Return” at Luis Poma Theater. The exhibition presents a series of drawings depicting specific places in San Salvador the artist visits regularly when traveling from his house to University. The exhibition presents individual landscapes which collectively
 narrate the artist experience in his environment. Curated by Antonio Romero and Mauricio Kabistán, “Only God Knows if I Will Return” will be on view until July 8.
Image: Bernardo Ortiz, detail of work. Photograph by René Figueroa. Courtesy Antonio Romero and the artist.
“50 ARTISTS - 50 ARTWORKS” AT THE MUSEUM OF ART OF EL SALVADOR
The Museum of Art of El Salvador (MARTE) is presenting the exhibition “50 artists - 50 artworks”, featuring 50 artworks as part of the museum's collection  Curated by Rafael Alas Vazquez, the exhibition is orientated around four themes; human figures, the still life, landscapes, as well as influences of abstraction and 'informalism'. “50 artists - 50 artworks” is on view until September 1.
See more of Luis's work here.  
Image: Luis Cornejo “Black Garment”, 2007. Courtesy the artist and MARTE.
“CONCEPTS IN PROCESS” AT THE SAN JACINTO EXHIBITION HALL

The exhibition “Concepts in Process” opened in the San Jacinto exhibition hall, a hall located in the former Presidential House in San Salvador. “Concepts in Process” showcases the work of outstanding students attending the School of Arts at the University of El Salvador, and highlights the diversity in the creative processes developed by each artist. “Concepts in Process” is coordinated by the Director of the San Jacinto exhibition hall, Augusto Crespín, and will be on view until July 26.
Image: Andrés Paz. "El Burro", oil on canvas. Courtesy the artist.
THE SPANISH CULTURAL CENTER IN EL SALVADOR LAUNCHES THE OPEN CALL 
The Spanish Cultural Center has launched the first edition of the program “Greenhose: Art_Politics_Experiment”, focused on supporting emerging artists by providing a space of dialog for these artists to discuss their processes. This year the program's theme is “Territory”. Selected projects will be presented at the Spanish Cultural Center in San Salvador in July, and a winner will be selected for an exhibition or residency opportunity in Spain.
Learn more abouth the program here.
ROSA MENA VALENZUELA AT THE MUSEUM OF ART OF EL SALVADOR
The Museum of Art of El Salvador (MARTE) features an exhibition by Rosa Mena Valenzuela, a celebrated Salvadoran artist with numerous works in the museum’s collection. The exhibition is held in memory of Jaime Balseiro, a supporter of the museum and donor of the works that will be featured. The exhibition is curated by Rafael Alas Vázquez and is on view until July 7.
Image: Rosa Mena Valenzuela, “Cradle”, 1986. Mixed media on cardboard. Courtesy MARTE.

PRESS
 
BEATRIZ CORTEZ FEATURED IN ART IN AMERICA 
Beatriz Cortez's artwork and installations in the exhibition “Candelilla, Coatlicue, and the Breathing Machine” at Ballroom Marfa, Texas are featured in Art in America. Curated by Laura Copelin, the exhibition explores theme of migration in the practices of three artists, Beatriz Cortez, Candice Lin and Fernando Palma Rodríguez. 
Read the full article here.
Image: View of Beatriz Cortez's Shields, 2019, at Ballroom Marfa. Photo Alex Marks. Courtesy Art in America. 
YES FEATURED IN CULTURAL DEL BANCO DE LA REPÚBLICA BLOG  
On May 16 and 17, YES team member Claire Breukel participated in a symposium and studio visits, alongside curators Gerardo Mosquera and Nydia Guitterez, in Baranquilla, Colombia, sponsored by Centro Cultural del Banco de la República, el Museo de Arte Moderno, the Atlántico University, Plataforma Caníbal, Funfación Divulgar and Cubo Abierto. 
Read the full blog of the experience here. 
Photo by Katherine Castillo Rolong
YES WRITERS GRANT WINNER ANNOUNCED IN ARTEINFORMADO
ARTEINFORMADO announces the 2019 YES Writers Grant Reyes Ramirez who will be writing on the work of Moe Penders, specifically their work exploring the undocumented loss of their father. YES founder Mario Cader-Frech and YES Writers Grant winner Reyes Ramirez are quoted in this article 
Read the full article here. 
Image courtesy Moe Penders

EXHIBITION REVIEW OF
"Tunatal [Mother Earth]"

MARIO LÓPEZ VEGA

Luis Poma Theater
May 2019


BY PATRICIO MAJANO

Artist Mario Lopez is a sculptor from Panchimalco, a town in El Salvador with a long history going back to the Pre-Columbian era. López opened the exhibition “Tunatal” (Mother Earth) at Luis Poma Theater in San Salvador, comprising a series of sculptures where the artist explores topics related to this history, culture and identity.

Using elements related to traditional art making in El Salvador, López carves stone, a practice that can be linked to techniques used in Pre-Columbian artifacts and architecture.
López uses stone combining it with circular shapes inspired by “Yawal”, a traditional craft of the region. Yawal is the name given in El Salvador to a circular shaped object usually made from organic fibers or fabric, commonly used to support containers. Juxtapositing these elements, López creates abstract sculptures that reference the region’s history and culture.
In the exhibition the artist also shows a single stone collected from the Sumpul River, specifically from the location where a massacre took place at the beginning of El Salvador’s Civil War in 1980. The stone is presented with no intervention at all, with the intention of emphasizing its origin and the event it references. At the same time, the gesture of presenting the stone could be interpreted as a memorial to the victims of the massacre.

Images: (Top and middle) Mario López, Carved stone. Photography by René Figueroa. Courtesy Antonio Romero and the artist. (Bottom) "Memory Stone", stone collected from Sumpul River. Courtesy the artist.
 

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