What Jose and Esteban show is that this in-betweenness is useful, both aesthetically and elsewhere. It is the place of nepantla—that generative space between here and there, between abstraction and figuration, between the parts and the whole. Their work is all about showing us what should have been clear all along—the ties that bind us, the way that seemingly incongruous things fit together.
Seeing the exhibition, Hernán assures he is moved. He had never seen the material gathered. He further says the image he has of his brother has not changed over time. Within his family they continue to remember him constantly, and in light of events, it seems that Hernán Parada’s work is not only open but is also a way of mourning. “Obrabierta is not closed until Alejandro reappears,” he says firmly.
In a moment when cryptocurrency has swiftly become a global phenomenon, this exhibition considers the ways in which dematerialized currency and the ostensible abstraction of value still have tangible impacts. Requiring access to the internet, smart devices, and various software and hardware, the digitization of finance is presented as a seamless, worldwide network, but it in fact has roots in both Wall Street and Silicon Valley.
“Every Moment Counts—AIDS and its Feelings” brings together 60 international artists and over 200 works. The exhibition will reestablish the discussion on the complex historical as well as contemporary representations of HIV/AIDS. With works by Feliciano Centurión, Elmgreen & Dragset, Pepe Espaliú, General Idea, Nan Goldin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Barbara Hammer, Keith Haring, Hudinilson Jr., Peter Hujar, Zoe Leonard, Robert Mapplethorpe, Liliana Maresca, and David Wojnarowicz, among many others.
Born in Venezuela in 1942, Rolando Peña, a.k.a El Príncipe Negro, contributed to the definition of contemporary Latin American art in the 1960s and the 1970s, when living in New York. An artist who delves in various art media, Peña also made creative use of photomaton photography early in his career. His first exhibition at Artmedia Gallery in Miami focuses in that period still in force until today.
Celia Vasquez Yui (Pucallpa, Peru, 1960) creates hand-formed ceramic vessels and zoomorphic sculptures that allude to a spiritual understanding of ecology, according to which a feature of all beings includes a mother spirit. Therefore, the compilation of a bestiary is not just a compendium of endangered species or a cry against their vanishing, but rather an invocation of their spirits, a call for them to come and hold space and perhaps confront the human gaze.