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Artfocus Latinoamérica

Democracy:

After all, we are what we do to change who we are.


December 10th, 2020 - February 28th, 2021


Artists:

Miguel Aguirre, Cecilia Barreto, Cristina Castagna, Iván Hurtado, Eugenio Merino, André Penteado, Romy Pocztaruk, Fernando Poyón, Avelino Sala, Pablo Uribe, Alejandro Thornton and Hugo Vidal.


Democracy: At the end of the day, we are what we do to change who we are is the first collective exhibition held by Art Focus Latino América, the first association of art galleries in Latin America, made up of galleries from Argentina (Pabellón 4 Arte Contemporáneo), Brazil (Zipper Gallery), Colombia (Policroma Gallery), Mexico (Archivo Colectivo), Peru (Del Paseo), Puerto Rico (Km0.2), Uruguay (Del Paseo) and the United States (RoFa Projects).


This exhibition is the first activity of Art Focus Latin America, a collective whose main objective is to promote the development of the art of the Americas in a joint, fully collaborative and global way. As well as favoring the dissemination, promotion and commercialization of the works of the artists they represent through curatorial practices and exhibitions carried out with recognized curators and references from America, in collaboration with art collectors.


On this occasion, Juan Canela joins by writing the curatorial text of the exhibition. Canela is an independent and critical curator. He is also the Artistic Director of ZONA MACO in Mexico City, Associate Curator of the Center for Artistic Residencies of Matadero Madrid (2020-2021) and co-founder of BAR Project in Barcelona.


Art Focus Latin America chose democracy as their thematic axis for their first collective exhibition and it is not in vain, given the alarming number of political and social outbreaks worldwide. Latent questions appear: is democracy in danger? Can civil society improve current democracies? According to Juan Canela's text, “from Latin America to Asia, passing through Europe and Africa, citizen concentrations alternate. Protests with disparate roots in totally different contexts, but with some common features that the virus crisis has only accentuated in many aspects."


The title of this exhibition is given by Eduardo Galeano's The Book of Embraces:

“In these lands, the head of the god Eleggúa wears death on the back of his neck and life on his face. Every promise is a threat, each loss, an encounter. Courage is born from fears, and of the doubts, the certainties. Dreams announce another possible reality and delusions, another reason. After all, we are what we do to change who we are. Identity is not a museum piece that sits still, but the always amazing synthesis of our daily contradictions. "


Art is political and art is what unites this group to point out, denounce and protest about so many events that continue to occur and that with so many years of history and misfortunes, it seems that it has not taught us anything: “The drama of the Mediterranean. The fence in the desert. The madness of the walls that separate. Nationalisms of different kinds, reactionary movements and the rise of the extreme right remind us of past times that many believed had been overcome.”, as Juan Canela affirms.


With this exhibition, seven galleries and twelve artists eliminate borders of a geographical nature, to find themselves speaking the same language, that of ART, to “understand that humans are not the center of anything, but part of a whole with which we must build that future made of collective contradictions.”, as Juan Canela ends in his wise writing.


For this exhibition we also have the collaboration of Mario Cader-Frech, a renowned art collector, who has been interested in issues of social impact. Cader-Frech is currently a member of the Dean's Council and a fellow of the Harvard Divinity School; and director of the KC Social Impact Laboratory in Washington, DC.

He also launched a disruptive art program in his native El Salvador to bring international attention to the contemporary art scene. Now under its namesake private foundation, the Y.ES Contemporary Art program is recognized worldwide. He is part of the committees of MoMA NY, the Museo Reina Sofía and Art Basel.


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    Feminist Art: The personal, every day more political

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    Feminist Art: The personal, every day more political March 6 to June 12, 2021 Artists: Nereida Apaza Mamani, Claudia Casarino, Ana De Orbegoso, Colectiva Hilos, Isabel Guerrero Encinas, Catalina Jaramillo Quijano, Silvia Levenson, Nicole Mazza, Celina Portella, Ángela Restrepo, Natalia Revilla, Judith Romero y Annette Turrillo Feminist Art: The personal, every day more political is an exhibition held by Art Focus Latin America, the first association of art galleries in the Americas, made up of galleries from Argentina (Pabellón 4 Arte Contemporáneo), Brazil (Zipper Gallery), Colombia (Policroma), Estados Unidos (RoFa Projects), Mexico (Quetzalli), Peru and Uruguay (Del Paseo). Art Focus Latinoamérica is a gallery collective with the main objective to promote the development of the art of the Americas in a joint, fully collaborative and global way. As well as favoring the dissemination, promotion and commercialization of the works of the artists they represent through curatorial practices and exhibitions carried out with recognized curators and references from America, in collaboration with art collectors. On this occasion, Cerrucha writes the curatorial text of the exhibition. Cerrucha (Mexico, 1981) is a feminist artivist working with photography, performance, and intervention of public space. Relational aesthetics are the core of her participatory projects, where she explores the social construct of Otherness. Her series “Mapping Skin Deep” was nominated for the Award for Public Art 2017 (USA/China). She holds a BFA in Photography by Concordia University (CA) and works as an anti-oppression facilitator and consultant for various organizations and has received commissions from UN Women France, the Exterior Relations Secretariat, and the Mexican Congress amongst others. 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The power that artworks have to challenge the public has a greater and collective objective: to question and thereby help in the transformation of our context so that women and girls can enjoy a life without violence. Feminist art is a political act.” We also have the collaboration of the renowned collector Eduardo Salazar Yusti, consultant on business strategy, co-founder and investor in education and technology. Convinced of the social power of art, he is part of several cultural projects and is an active member of the board of directors of the Modern Art Museum of Bogotá (MAMBO). With Juliana Hernández, his partner, they collect contemporary art with an emphasis on the artistic production of Latin American women. Salazar makes an invitation and recommendation with his participation in this exhibition: “There is always room for a committed piece of art. The invitation is to give it the equity and the place it deserves. This empowered art, made by women, is sure to enrich any collection.” The show will be open from March 6 to June 12, 2021 https://www.artfocuslatinoamerica.com/ Info@artfocuslatinoamerica.com +51932127769 Arte Feminista: Lo personal, cada día más político Marzo 6 a junio 12 de 2021 Artistas: Nereida Apaza Mamani, Claudia Casarino, Ana De Orbegoso, Colectiva Hilos, Isabel Guerrero Encinas, Catalina Jaramillo Quijano, Silvia Levenson, Nicole Mazza, Celina Portella, Ángela Restrepo, Natalia Revilla, Judith Romero y Annette Turillo Arte Feminista: Lo personal, cada día más político es una muestra realizada por Art Focus Latinoamérica , la primera asociación de galerías de arte de Las Américas, integrada por galerías de Argentina (Pabellón 4 Arte Contemporáneo), Brasil (Zipper Gallery), Colombia (Policroma Galería), Estados Unidos (RoFa Projects), México (Galería Quetzalli), Perú y Uruguay (Del Paseo). Art Focus Latinoamérica es un colectivo cuyo objetivo principal busca fomentar el desarrollo del arte de las Américas en forma conjunta, totalmente colaborativa y a nivel global. Así como favorecer la difusión, promoción y comercialización de las obras de los artistas que representan a través de prácticas curatoriales y exposiciones realizadas con reconocidos curadores y referentes de América, en colaboración con coleccionistas de arte. En esta ocasión Cerrucha realiza el texto curatorial de la muestra. Cerrucha (México, 1981) es una artivista feminista que trabaja con fotografía, performance e intervención del espacio público. La estética relacional es el núcleo de sus proyectos participativos, donde explora la construcción social de la otredad. Su serie “Mapping Skin Deep” fue nominada al Premio de Arte Público 2017 (EE. UU. / China). Tiene un BFA en Fotografía de la Universidad de Concordia (CA) y trabaja como facilitadora y consultora contra la opresión para varias organizaciones y ha recibido comisiones de ONU Mujeres Francia, la Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores y el Congreso entre otros. Su último proyecto, "Trinchera", es una instalación fotográfica permanente que retrata más de 100 mujeres unidas cubriendo todo un tren del metro de la Ciudad de México. Este grupo de galerías escogen como eje temático el arte realizado por mujeres, en el mes histórico de la mujer para honrar, apoyar, denunciar, valorar y educar a través del arte. Como lo menciona Cerrucha en su texto, “la presente exposición observa cinco temas recurrentes en los que se inscriben las obras: el hogar, el cuerpo, el lenguaje, la visibilización de las mujeres y el uso del soporte textil. Al representar los cuerpos, las subjetividades y los vínculos de formas no hegemónicas, las artistas reivindican la dimensión política de la vida privada.” Con esta exposición, seis galerías y trece artistas demuestran que “el arte y el movimiento feminista van de la mano desde sus inicios. El poder que tienen las obras para interpelar al público tiene un objetivo mayor y colectivo: el cuestionar y con ello ayudar en la transformación de nuestro contexto para que las mujeres y niñas podamos gozar de una vida libre de violencia. El arte feminista es un acto político.” como afirma Cerrucha. También contamos con la colaboración del reconocido coleccionista Eduardo Salazar Yusti, consultor en temas de estrategia empresarial, co-fundador e inversionista en temas de educación y tecnología. Convencido del poder social del arte, hace parte de varios proyectos culturales y es un miembro activo de la junta directiva del Museo de Arte de Bogotá (MAMBO). Junto a Juliana Hernández, su pareja, son coleccionistas de arte contemporáneo con un énfasis en la producción artística de mujeres latinoamericanas. Eduardo Salazar hace una invitación y recomendación con su participación en esta muestra: “Siempre existe la cabida de una pieza de arte comprometido. La invitación es a darle la equidad y el lugar que se merece. Este arte empoderado, hecho por mujeres, enriquecerá sin duda cualquier colección.” La muestra estará abierta de marzo 6 a junio 12 de 2021 https://www.artfocuslatinoamerica.com/ Info@artfocuslatinoamerica.com +51932127769

  • Artfocus Latinoamérica

    Democracy

    10 Dec 2020 – 28 Feb 2021

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