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Dec 082017
 

January 20, 2018
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

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Representational Acts is presented as part of the Pacific Standard Time Festival: Live Art LA/LA, organized by REDCAT and supported by a major grant from the Getty Foundation. It is linked thematically to a section in MOLAA’s PST: LA/LA exhibition, Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago.

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Representational Acts features performance pieces by:

Carlos Martiel (Cuba), Andil Gosine (Trinidad), Jimmy Robert (Guadeloupe)

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Each artist represents a different linguistic region of the Caribbean. Their works show how representation is an active process rather than a passive translation of the visible world. A reception with the artists will follow the performances. Doors open at 5:30PM and performances begin at 6:00PM Space is limited and reservations are recommended.

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Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) | 628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802

Nov 232017
 

by Laila Pedro for Hyperallergic

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Havana-born artist Carlos Mariel does the kind of stripped-down durational performance work that’s the best argument for the power of the form — its immediacy and intensity perfectly embody why some ideas need to be (can only be) transmitted in this way.

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His minimal, gutting performances employ a few elements to crack open history, politics, and emotions, revealing how these are inseparable from embodied experience. This year’s “Hacerse Olvido (To Become Forgotten),” for example, had exactly two components: Martiel, and a rubber inner tube. Splayed across it, nude, on the gallery’s concrete floor, Martiel’s figure was a haunting evocation of the numberless nameless people who’ve drowned in the attempt to cross the shark-infested, tempestuous Florida Strait from Cuba to the US over the past half-century. (Not for nothing, he performed it in Havana.) In 2016’s “SOS,” Martiel stood in the center of a Caracas gallery wearing bloodstained clothes donated by eight Venezuelan dissidents.

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Monday evening at Y Gallery, Martiel performs a work with his signature mix of wrenching clarity, physicality, and cultural freight: “’Continent’ … reflects on the way black bodies are sequestered, seized, and abducted; and the consequent plunder and despoil of the cultural and material wealth of the African continent.” Rather than leaving this history in the past, Martiel insists on its urgency for colonized and post-colonial contexts today.

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Monday, November 27, 7-8 pm (Rescheduled from Wednesday, November 22)
Y Gallery (319 Grand Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan)

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The Pacific Standard Time Festival: Live Art LA/LA is an international celebration of art and performance throughout greater Los Angeles, with more than 200 Latin American and Latino artists and performers creating adventurous events at more than 20 indoor and outdoor locations. Organized by REDCAT with a consortium of organizations and independent artists, the festival connects artists from more than a dozen countries with neighborhoods city-wide, through vital performances in parks, plazas, galleries, theaters and busy urban settings. The festival is part of the Getty-led Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative and is supported by a major grant from the Getty Foundation.

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Nov 192017
 

November 27, 2017
7:00 pm

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Carlos Martiel presents a new performance, “Continent”. This performance reflects on the way black bodies are sequestered, seized, and abducted; and the consequent plunder and despoil of the cultural and material wealth of the African Continent. This work is not reduced only to the history of the transatlantic slave trade. It is meant as a critique of the present situation of constant vulnerability and crisis in which African nations and others continue to be indiscriminately exploited by the postcolonial and neoliberal policies of the USA, European states, and other parts of the developed world.

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About the artist:
Carlos Martiel (born 1989, Havana) lives and works in New York and Havana. He graduated in 2009 from the National Academy of Fine Arts “San Alejandro” in Havana. Between the years 2008-2010, he studied in the Cátedra Arte de Conducta, directed by the artist Tania Bruguera. Martiel’s works have been included in: the 57th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy; Casablanca Biennale, Morocco; Biennial “La Otra”, Bogotá, Colombia; Liverpool Biennial, United Kingdom; Pontevedra Biennial, Galicia, Spain; Havana Biennial, Cuba. He has had performances at Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA; The Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH), Houston, USA; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo del Zulia (MACZUL), Maracaibo, Venezuela; Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy; Robert Miller Gallery, New York, USA; and Nitsch Museum, Naples, Italy. He has received several awards, including the Franklin Furnace Fund, New York, USA, 2016; “CIFOS Grants & Commissions Program Award,” Miami, USA, 2014; and “Arte Laguna,” Venice, Italy, 2013. His work has been exhibited at The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), Long Beach, USA; Zisa Zona Arti Contemporanee (ZAC), Palermo, Italy; Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, Miami, USA; Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece; National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba, and elsewhere.

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This work was made possible, in part, by the Franklin Furnace Fund supported by Jerome Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; and with general operating support from the New York State Council on the Arts.

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Y Gallery New York | 319 Grand St, New York, NY 10002

Oct 242017
 


FRAGMENTOS DE MEMORIA
3 noviembre 2017 – 28 febrero 2018
Inauguración 8:00 pm

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Curaduría: Concha Fontenla

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Factoría Habana | O’Reilly 308 e/ Habana y Aguiar, La Habana Vieja

Oct 172017
 

20.10.2017 a 14.2.2018

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Concebida em 2015, esta exposição é fruto de longo e intenso trabalho, e foi antecedida por dois seminários internacionais realizados em setembro de 2016 e em maio de 2017. A exposição se insere em uma programação anual do MASP totalmente dedicada às histórias da sexualidade, que em 2017 inclui mostras individuais de Teresinha Soares, Wanda Pimentel, Miguel Rio Branco, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Tracey Moffatt, Pedro Correia de Araújo, Guerrilla Girls e Tunga. São mais de 300 obras reunidas em nove núcleos temáticos e não cronológicos, Corpos nus, Totemismos, Religiosidades, Performatividades de gênero, Jogos sexuais, Mercados sexuais, Linguagens e Voyeurismos, na galeria do primeiro andar, e Políticas do corpo e Ativismos, na galeria do primeiro subsolo. A mostra inclui também a sala de vídeo no terceiro subsolo, como parte do núcleo Voyeurismos. Algumas obras de artistas centrais de nosso acervo como Edgard Degas, Maria Auxiliadora da Silva, Pablo Picasso, Paul Gauguin, Suzanne Valadon e Victor Meirelles são agora expostas em novos contextos, encontrando outras possibilidades de compreensão e leitura. Ao lado delas, uma seleção de trabalhos de diferentes formatos, períodos e territórios compõem histórias verdadeiramente múltiplas, que desafiam hierarquias e fronteiras entre tipologias e categorias de objetos da história da arte mais convencional da arte pré-colombiana à arte moderna, da chamada arte popular à arte contemporânea, da arte sacra à arte conceitual, incluindo arte africana, asiática, europeia e das Américas, em pinturas, desenhos, esculturas, fotografias, fotocópias, vídeos, documentos, publicações, entre outros.

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Histórias da sexualidade tem curadoria de Adriano Pedrosa, diretor artístico do MASP, Lilia Schwarcz, curadora-adjunta de histórias do MASP, Pablo León de la Barra, curador-adjunto de arte latino-americana do MASP e Camila Bechelany, curadora assistente do MASP.

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Museo de Arte de São Paulo | Av. Paulista, 1578 – Bela Vista, São Paulo – SP, 01310-200, Brasil

Sep 282017
 

November 11, 2017–March 18, 2018

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Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950 looks at how Cuba’s revolutionary epoch shaped 65 years of Cuban art. The exhibition brings together more than 100 important works of painting, graphic design, photography, video, installation, and performance created by more than 50 Cuban artists and designers.

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Anchored by key moments of the 20th- and 21st-century Cuban history, Adiós Utopia is the most comprehensive and significant presentation of modern and contemporary Cuban art shown in the United States since 1944, when the Museum of Modern Art in New York presented Modern Cuban Painters.

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Although many artists have emigrated from Cuba to live and work abroad, Adiós Utopia focuses on the untold narrative of those artists who remained in Cuba or whose careers took off after Fidel Castro’s 1959 revolution. Through a selection of pivotal artworks—created in each of six decades since 1950—the exhibition explores Cuba’s artistic production through the lens of utopia, both its construction and its deconstruction. Adiós Utopia introduces US audiences to key events in Cuban history and explores ways that this history has affected individual artists, shaped the character of art produced on the island, and conditioned the reception of Cuban art both in there and abroad. A newly published, related publication accompanies the exhibition.

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Artists: Alejandro Aguilera, Santiago (Chago) Armada, Alexandre Arrechea, José Bedia, Tania Bruguera, Alejandro Campins, Iván Capote, Yoan Capote, Carlos Rodríguez Cárdenas, Los Carpinteros, Mario Carreño, Javier Castro, Jeanette Chávez, Raúl Cordero, Salvador Corratgé, Arturo Cuenca, Sandu Darie, Felipe Dulzaides, Antonia Eiriz, Ricardo G. Elías, Juan Francisco Elso, Tomás Esson, Antonio Eligio Fernández (Tonel), José A. Figueroa, Raúl Corral Forna (Raúl Corrales), René Francisco, Carlos Garaicoa, Flavio Garciandía, Alejandro González, Alberto Díaz Gutiérrez (Alberto Korda), Carmen Herrera, Mario García Joya (Mayito), Glenda León, Pedro Álvarez López, Alexis Leyva Machado (Kcho), Carlos Martiel, Raúl Martínez, José Mijares, Esterio Segura Mora, Servando Cabrera Moreno, Reynier Leyva Novo, Glexis Novoa, Pedro de Oraá, Ernesto Oroza, Luis Martínez Pedro, Umberto Peña, Manuel Piña, Eduardo Ponjuán, Wilfredo Prieto, Sandra Ramos, Fernando Rodríguez, Lázaro Saavedra, Loló Soldevilla, Rafael Soriano, Leandro Soto, José Ángel Toirac

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Curators: Cuban independent curators Gerardo Mosquera, René Francisco Rodríguez, and Elsa Vega with museum advisors Olga Viso and Mari Carmen Ramírez

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Walker Coordinating Curator: Olga Viso with Fabián Leyva-Barragan

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Walker Art Center | 725 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Sep 182017
 

21.09.2017 – 20.10.2017

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Convidamos todxs para a abertura da exposição ESTE MESMO CORPO, que encerra o segundo ano do Arte e Ativismo na América Latina, um projeto da Despina com suporte do Prince Claus Fund. É na próxima quinta-feira, dia 21 de setembro, a partir das 19 horas.

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Nesta edição, três artistas foram selecionados para participar de uma residência na Despina e vêm explorando, nos últimos dois meses, ações que se desdobram a partir das relações entre corpo e política, tomando o espaço como plataforma pública para o redimensionamento de nossa esfera de convivência.

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O corpo negro, branco, feminino, masculino, queer ganha contornos difusos, violentos, eloquentes, plásticos ou mesmo místicos nas proposições de Mariela Scafati, Carlos Martiel e Cristiano Lenhardt, artistas egressos respectivamente de Buenos Aires, Havana e Recife, cidades tão distintas quanto particulares nas suas manifestações culturais e em suas relações com o passado colonial, o presente de instabilidade política e um futuro de incertezas.

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Em pleno século XXI, a plasticidade atribuída aos homens é levada ao limite do suportável, quer na política, quer na natureza, tensionando noções de futuro e desafiando padrões de convivência social, num jogo de poder tão perverso quanto inevitável no curso do processo histórico travado pelo Ocidente em sua épica narrativa de conquista, poder e destruição.

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Neste contexto, o corpo é a célula mínima e máxima do organismo político, é a um só tempo a instância de resistência, de prazer e de sofrimento, capaz de carregar em si toda a história humana, individual ou coletiva. O corpo é posto à prova, ele demanda e oferta a dimensão do possível e do impossível em batalhas travadas no ritmo diário, desafiando as próprias leis de nossa sobrevivência.

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Despina | R. Luís de Camões, 2 – Centro, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 20051-020, Brasil

Aug 172017
 

PERFORMANCE “LAMENTO KAYAPÓ” + CONVERSA COM ARTISTAS EM RESIDÊNCIA

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Terça, 22.08.2017
Arte e Ativismo na América Latina – ano II (2017)

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Dando sequência às ações e atividades do ARTE E ATIVISMO NA AMÉRICA LATINA, um projeto da Despina realizado em parceria com a organização holandesa Prince Claus Fund, convidamos todxs para uma conversa com os artistas em residência selecionados para a edição deste ano – Carlos Martiel, Cristiano Lenhardt e Mariela Scafati. Antes da conversa, será apresentada pela primeira vez ao público a performance “Lamento Kayapó”, concebida pelo artista cubano Carlos Martiel.

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Sobre “Lamento Kayapó”

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Esta performance, que é parte do processo de pesquisa de residência do artista cubano Carlos Martiel na Despina -, procura refletir sobre a violência a que têm sido historicamente submetidas as populações indígenas no Brasil. Também lança luz a respeito das formas de resistência praticadas por essas mesmas populações – especialmente os Kayapós – para preservar seus costumes, demarcar seu território e para combater pacificamente as ameaças dos ruralistas e das indústrias mineradora e madeireira.

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Despina | R. Luís de Camões, 2 – Centro, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 20051-020, Brasil

Aug 152017
 

WAKE Festival is a three day festival of contemporary time-based/performance art in Folkestone (Kent), UK.

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The festival consists of site specific, durational works which unfold in and around Folkestone, across the 8th, 9th & 10th of September. In addition to the site based works, each evening (7pm-10pm) a more condense series of performances take place at Performance Space.

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Performance Space | 64 Tontine Street, Folkestone, CT20 1JP