YES ART WRITERS GRANT with Arte al diá International
Independent jurors Paola Ibarra, Tom Healy and Adriana Herrera selected the proposal "Precariousness, the future and cardboard artifacts: Simón Vega’s vision from the third world" by Guatemala City arts professional Josseline Pinto. The article will be printed in the fall edition of Arte al diá International.
Josseline Pinto is an independent curator, researcher and poet. She co-founded and directs MANIFESTO-espacio, a project for experimental exhibitions, workshops, research and production of contemporary art. She is currently the educational program curatorial assistant at Museo Arte Guatemala, and traveled to El Salvador as part of a 2018 Y.ES Art Trip.
This grant is made possible with the support of Gabriela Poma, Susanne Meline
and The Robert S. Wennett and Mario Cader-Frech Foundation
UNPACKING CURATORIAL PRACTICE
August 10 - 12 : San Salvador
TALK: Aug 10 at 5:30 pm at the Spanish Cultural Center
SYMPOSIUM: Aug 11-12 at Impact Hub San Salvador
From August 10 -12, 2018 YES is hosting a free 3-day symposium exploring the theme Unpacking Curatorial Practice. The symposium aims to decipher and contextualize curatorial practice within a museum, public art and self-initiated setting, both within and outside of El Salvador.
Participants include historian Jorge Palomo; curator, researcher and poet Josseline Pinto; artist, X Central American Biennale and Museo MARTE guest curator Simón Vega, Teatro Luis Poma assistant director Alejandro Córdova, YES Founder Mario Cader-Frech, YES director and curator Claire Breukel, artist and YES Assistant Patricio Majano, and more.
Aug 10 at 5:30 pm Exploring Curatorial Practice moderated by Mario Cader-Frech
Spanish Cultural Center
Calle La Reforma #166, Colonia San Benito, San Salvador.
Aug 11 : 10-3pm What is Curatorial Practice?
Presenters include Claire Breukel, Simón Vega and Josseline Pinto
Aug 12 : noon-5pm Research Tools and Curatorial Methodologies
Presenters include Jorge Palomo, Patricio Majano and Alejandro Córdova
Impact Hub San Salvador
Edificio Point Calle Los Castaños, Av Las Camelias #17 Colonia San Francisco San Salvador.
This symposium is made possible with the support of the Spanish Cultural Center,
Impact Hub San Salvador and the participants.
Image (left): Mark Dion talking with Ernesto Bautista, Crack Rodriguez, Mauricio Esquivel and Antonio Mena at the 2015 YES Academy. Image (right): The 2017 YES Academy with key note speakers Kako Valladares, Nazy Nazhand, Mario Cader-Frech.
THE WOUNDS OF WAR - AVENUE 50 STUDIO, LOS ANGELES, USA.
Avenue 50 Studios presents The Wounds of War, a group exhibition of work by Salvadoran-identifying artists exploring their histories with the Salvadoran Civil War. Participating artists include Galileo Gonzalez, Elmer Guevara, Kiara Machado, Claudia McCain, Vanessa Olivarez, Daniel A. Rivera Echeverria and Josh Vasquez. The Wounds of War is on view until August 4.
Image: Kiara Machado, "Cuarenta", 2018.Courtesy the artist.
BORIS CIUDAD REAL AT GALERIE AM PARK IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Salvadoran artist Boris Ciudad Real is participating in the exhibition Arte Centroamericano en Viena at Galerie am Park in Vienna, aimed at promoting Central American Art in Europe. In its second edition, Arte Centroamericano en Viena shows the work of six Central American artists, also including Enrique Cay, Gabriel Gonzalez, Fabio Herrera, Luis Landa and Raul Marin. Arte Centroamericano en Viena is on view until July 30, 2018.
Image: Boris Ciudad Real, "Un paseo en el ocaso", 2018. Mixed media on canvas.Courtesy the artist.
“MOSAICO" SOUND INSTALLATION AT LUIS POMA THEATER, SAN SALVADOR
Salvadoran composer Francisco Huguet presents Mosaico, an immersive sound installation in the lobby of Luis Poma Theater. Played through 24 speakers and using 12 independent audio channels, Mosaico explores the concept of a visual mosaic translating it in to an acoustic experience. Mosaicowill be open to the public until July 29, 2018.
Image: Francisco Huguet, detail of a computer generated image of Mosaico composition. 2018.
ROMEO GALDAMEZ AT MEXICAN EMBASSY, SAN SALVADOR
The Mexican embassy in El Salvador presents a retrospective exhibition of work by Salvadoran artist Romeo Galdámez. Titled Con(cierto) Collage the exhibitions presents part of Galdamez's extensive and diverse body of work, which spans 100 exhibitions from 1976 to the present. Con(cierto) Collage is on view until July 20, 2018.
Image: Romeo Galdámez, "Reflexiones de identidad" (detail), 1992. Silkscreen print on paper. Courtesy the artist.
ALEX CUCHILLA AT THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS, LA LIBERTAD
Estaciones en movimiento by Salvadoran artist Alex Cuchilla is on view at the Chancellery Honor Hall in the Ministry of External affairs in La Libertad. Estaciones en movimiento comprises 26 pieces from various series created by the artist over the last six years. The show will be open to the public from June 25 to September 21, 2018.
Image: Alex Cuchilla, “Atesorando egos” (detail), 2013. Oil, graphite, color pencil and encaustic paint on cardboard. Courtesy the artist.
“FIGURACION Y ABSTRACCION” EXHIBITION AT THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS, LA LIBERTAD
The exhibition Figuracion y Abstraccion opens in the Maestro Camilo Minero Hall at the Ministry of External Affairs in La Libertad, and features work by Conchita Kuny Mena, Astrid Suárez, Francisco Reyes, Óscar Soles and Bernabé Crespín. These five artists' works are part of The National Collection of Visual Arts, and the exhibition forms part of the commemoration of the 160th anniversary of the Republic Chancellery Foundation. Figuracion y Abstraccion is on view until August 31, 2018.
Image: Óscar Soles, "Figura Rítmica", 2009. Mixed media on canvas. Courtesy the artist.
“BAJO PRESIÓN" COLLECTIVE PRINKTMAKING EXHIBITION AT MUSEO REGIONAL DE OCCIDENTE, SANTA ANA
The Museo Regional de Occidente in Santa Ana presents Bajo Presión, a collective printmaking exhibition featuring the work of 35 Salvadoran artists. Some of these artists include Mayra Barraza, Antonio Bonilla, Titi Escalante, Giovanni Gil, Mauricio Mejía and Katya Romero, and more. Bajo Presión is on view until August 7, 2018.
Image: Giovanni Gil, "De la Maternidad", 2015. Illuminated drypoint on paper. Courtesy the artist.
YES MEET THE ARTIST By Patricio Majano
Eduardo Crespín is a Salvadoran art professional based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His artwork originates from his own interpersonal relationships, focusing specifically on the tensions present within them. Although personal, his work simultaneously evokes situations from everyday life creating scenarios that are equally relatable.
A work titled “El intento por mantener tu recuerdo” (The attempt to maintain your memory) is composed of two photographs. The first photograph is of an ice block with the word “madre” (mother) written on it. The second photograph shows the ice block partially melted to the point where the word has vanished.
A mother is generally considered an important character in most peoples' lives, and her memory is expected to be solid and stable. Crespin instead depicts an attempt to maintain the memory of "mother" useless.
In the work “Olvidé que te estaba esperando” (I forgot I was waiting for you), Crespin depicts two
shoes, which have stopped in the middle of a step. The gesture of moving forward has been frozen, and in this way it has also grown and been prolonged. The shoes are covered by a herb reminiscent of moss. This moss suggests that the shoes have somehow been abandoned and forgotten. The work explores the tension between moving forward and remaining, forgetting and remembering, and waiting....
Images: Eduardo Crespín, “El intento por mantener tu recuerdo” (The attempt to maintain your memory), 2016. Photographs.
Eduardo Crespín, “Olvidé que te estaba esperando” (I forgot I was waiting for you), 2016. Shoes, wood, herb. 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