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Lia Colombino (Paraguay)

Lia Colombino

Lia Colombino has a master’s degree in Museology from the Valladolid University, Spain. Between 2001 and 2008 she took part in Identidades en Tránsito y Estudios de Crítica Cultural seminars. Director of the Museum of Indigenous Arts in Asuncion, Paraguay (Museo del Barro). Since 2009, she is member of the Red Conceptualismos del Sur (RedCSur) and coordinates the Espacio/Crítica seminar. She is co-founder of the Ediciones de la Ura collective and, since 2000, she coordinates the writing workshop Abrapalabra. She is currently the director of the Institute of Arts at the School of Architecture, Design and Arts, National University of Asunción, where she also teaches. She has curated exhibitions, coordinated projects of art and literature, collaborated with important press outlets and specialized publications, and given lectures in local and international institutions.

Tuesday, 14 January 2020 16:56

Damián Cabrera (Paraguay)

Damián Cabrera

Damián Cabrera is a writer, art critic, researcher, cultural manager and curator. Bachelor’s Degree in Language and Literature from the Faculty of Philosophy at the Universidad Nacional del Este (Paraguay). Master’s Degree in Philosophy from the Postgraduate Program at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. Since 2010 he participates in the Espacio/Crítica seminar. Since 2014 he is a member of the Ediciones de la Ura collective and the Red Conceptualismos del Sur (RedCSur), an international platform for research, discussion and collective position taking from Latin America. Member of the research group Estudos Culturais: Identidades e Cultura Política da Escola de Artes, Ciências e Humanidades (Cultural Studies: Identities and Political Culture of the School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities) at the University of Sao Paulo, and the Paraguay chapter of the International Association of Art Critics. He works in the areas of language, literature, borders, art, politics and culture.

Tuesday, 14 January 2020 16:17

Karla Jasso

Karla Jasso

Karla Jasso holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Her research focuses on the history of technology, the language of media and its manifestations in contemporary art practices. Jasso is member of the curatorial and programming committee at MUAC, University Museum of Contemporary Art, Mexico City. Between 2001 and 2003 she was a researcher in the area of “Archives of Contemporary Art” at the INAH, Paris (Institut National d’Historie de l’Art) with a grant from the “Amérique Latine” Getty program. From 2007 to 2013 she was Chief Curator at Laboratorio Arte Alameda, National Institute of Fine Arts, INBA. Jasso co-curated Dynamic (In)Position, an exhibition organized in collaboration with Ars Electronica (Austria), held at Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Centro Cultural de España and the MUAC (2010). She also directed (Ready) Media: Towards an Archaeology of Media and Invention in Mexico, a project that involved an exhibition, a series of audiovisual material and a publication on electronic arts and archaeology of the media in Mexico. In 2015 she curated the Mexican Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale.








 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

 

THE CISNEROS FONTANALS ART FOUNDATION (CIFO) PRESENTS

 AN EMPHASIS ON RESISTANCE:

 2019 CIFO GRANTS & COMMISSIONS PROGRAM EXHIBITION

 

The exhibition presents the works of nine Latin American artists at

El Museo del Barrio | 1230 5th Avenue, New York City

On view October 30, 2019 al 2 - February 2, 2020 

 

Photo: Left to right first row: Emerging Artist- Oscar Abraham Pabón (Venezuela); Emerging Artist- María José Machado (Ecuador);Emerging Artist- Susana Pilar Delahante  (Cuba); Left to right second row: Mid-Career Artist- Leyla Cárdenas (Colombia); Achievement Award recipient, Cecilia Vicuña (Chile); Mid-Career Artist- Yucef Merhi (Venezuela); Left to right third row: Mid-Career Artist- Nicolás Paris (Colombia); Mid-Career Artist- Ana Linnemann (Brazil); and Emerging Artist- Claudia Martínez Garay (Peru).

 

 

 

New York, NY (October 21, 2019) – The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) is pleased to announce An Emphasis on Resistance, an exhibition highlighting new works by nine artist recipients representing seven Latin American countries from the Foundation’s 2019 Grants & Commissions Program. On view at El Museo del Barrio in New York City, from October 30, 2019, through February 2, 2020, the exhibit marks the second year that the CIFO Grants & Commissions Program exhibition is presented internationally.

 

An Emphasis on Resistance features works by CIFO award-winning artists, divided into three categories: Achievement Award, Cecilia Vicuña (Chile); Mid-Career Artists— Leyla Cárdenas (Colombia), Ana Linnemann (Brazil), Yucef Merhi (Venezuela) and Nicolás Paris (Colombia); and Emerging Artists— Susana Pilar Delahante (Cuba), María José Machado (Ecuador), Claudia Martínez Garay (Peru), and Oscar Abraham Pabón (Venezuela).

 

“CIFO is thrilled to be partnering with El Museo del Barrio for the next edition of the Grants & Commissions program,” said Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, CIFO’s Founder and Honorary President. “This upcoming exhibition will be a major event, and we are looking forward to seeing the work of these emerging, mid-career and established artists come to life in New York City.”

 

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

 

ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

 

Cecilia Vicuña (Chile) has embraced the concept of the quipu, a tactile and spatial metaphor for the interconnection of the body and the cosmos since the mid 60's. In Quipu Akon One the acclaimed artist speaks from the spiritual core of Andean poetics associating the thread of water with the thread of life. The Quipu is constructed with unspun wool. Nothing holds it together, symbolizing the fluidity and fragility of water. The piece mirrors the disappearance of the glaciers in the Andes due to global warming, and the policies that favor mining over the preservation of water. It merges wool and wounded ice as a prayer, calling us to mobilize into urgent climate action to preserve the future of water.

 

MID-CAREER ARTISTS

 

Leyla Cárdenas (Colombia) delves into the architectural ruins of cities as indices of social transformation, forgetfulness, and historic memory. In her video-installation, Destramando la retícula (Unweaving the Grid), she unravels the weft that makes up the projection screen, leaving the warp as a stratigraphic metaphor for the ghostly connotation of both architectural vestiges and natural geology.

 

Ana Linnemann (Brazil) creates circuits with different pieces from an ongoing series of works to configure Notes on Practice (Studio Table # 3)––a conducting wooden structure where objects and tools related to artistic labor are brought to life through electrical connections. This hybrid installation could be considered the main point of her work, in which open systems of relation “emphasize a universe where meanings are open and the difference is celebrated”.

 

No Fly Security is an immersive installation by Yucef Merhi (Venezuela) comprised of official reports, testimonies, and leaked data from the No Fly List––a list created and maintained by the United States Federal Government's Terrorist Screening Center (TSC). His new media strategy features a work in which the interconnections between language and technology are core in addressing social, political, and philosophical issues in the contemporary world.

 

More than as a physical space, Nicolás Paris (Colombia) examines the classroom as an idea, a space designed to produce knowledge through environments, where instability, flexibility, and immateriality prevail. Salón de clase para aprender lo que no se puede aprender (o una escuela invisible) [Classroom to Learn What Cannot Be Learned (or an Invisible School)], is a modular and mutable installation attached to the architectural space that involves the active role of the public.

 

EMERGING ARTISTS

 

The body is the medium for Regreso (Return), a performance by Susana Pilar Delahante (Cuba) that explores the footprint of the African diaspora in the Caribbean through her own family history. What would her relatives say to their African ancestors if they had the chance to meet them at the moment of departing from Africa to America as slaves? She will carry all those messages on her trip to the island of Gorée and will read them out loud standing at the Door of No Return at The House of Slaves, a museum and memorial to the Atlantic slave trade.

 

Claudia Martínez Garay (Peru) creates a graphic installation called Sub America, a mix of diverse images associated with insurrection and oppression throughout Latin American history. Ideological forces that emerged on the continent are embodied by symbols sharing the same space within the installation. Icons of dictatorship and rebellions merge into the same entity, discussing their problems as a common abstract Latin America.

 

Through her relational work, workshops, and photographic documentation around the representation of allegories of freedom within prison life, María José Machado (Ecuador) sheds light on problematic societal issues. In Circuito Cerrado (Closed Circuit), Machado uses her body as a logistical tool and a means of communication: “My body is a possibility and a choice in looking for non-colonizing art. I use spaces that I can inhabit.”

 

Casa de resonancia (Resonance House) is a sound installation by Oscar Abraham Pabón (Venezuela) in which the artist intervenes a grand piano by using recycled materials around its perimeter to create a sound box that resembles informal housing. The interactive piece invites the audience to play the instrument while experiencing the sounds produced by the alteration of its percussion system.

 

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About the CIFO Grants & Commissions Program

 

The CIFO Grants & Commissions Program offers emerging, mid-career and established contemporary Latin American artists the opportunity to develop and present new work to international audiences. To date CIFO has awarded more than 120 artists and dedicated over $1.5 million in funds through the program. Each year, artists are nominated by CIFO’s Honorary Advisory Committee, which is comprised of leading art professionals, curators and artists from Latin America, the United States and Europe. After a rigorous review process, the winners are chosen by the Selection Committee and ratified by the CIFO Board of Directors. The program has been known to springboard its recipients to the next level of their careers.

 

About CIFO

 

Ella Fontanals-Cisneros established the non-profit Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) in 2002. The foundation’s mission is to support and foster cultural understanding and educational dialog among Latin American artists and global audiences. CIFO serves as a platform for emerging, mid-career and established Latin American artists through the Grants & Commissions Program, the CIFO Collection, and other related art and cultural projects in the United States of America and internationally. 

 

For more information about the exhibitions and other programs, please visit cifo.org, and follow CIFO on Facebook, Instagramand  Twitter.

 

About El Museo del Barrio 

 

El Museo del Barrio, founded by a coalition of Puerto Rican educators, artists, and activists, is the nation’s leading Latino and Latin American cultural institution. The Museum welcomes visitors of all backgrounds to discover the artistic landscape of these communities through its extensive Permanent Collection, varied exhibitions and publications, bilingual public programs, educational activities, festivals, and special events. The Museum is located at 1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street in New York City, and open Wednesday to Saturday from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm, and Sunday from 12:00 to 5:00 pm. Admission is suggested. For more information, please visit www.elmuseo.org

 

Press Contact

 

Gabriela Borja

CIFO | Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

 

THE CISNEROS FONTANALS ART FOUNDATION (CIFO) PRESENTS

UNDER CONSTRUCTION. LATIN AMERICA NARRATIVES IN THE CIFO COLLECTION.

APRIL 27 – JULY 27, 2019

 

Exhibition to feature works by 18 Latin American artists, winners of previous editions of

the CIFO Grants and Commissions Program, to take place at Casa Fugaz in Monumental Callao, Peru.

 

 

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Suwon Lee. The Clash (El Choque), 2008. Installation. Photographs and neon lights. Photo: Courtesy CIFO.

 

Monumental Callao, Peru (April 9, 2019) – The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) is pleased to announce Under Construction. Latin America Narratives in the CIFO Collection, an exhibition featuring works by 18 Latin-American artists, winners of previous editions of the CIFO Grants and Commissions Program. The exhibition – curated by CIFO - will coincide with ART.MO, Contemporary Art Festival presented by Fugaz | Arte de Convivir and will be on view from April 27 through July 27, 2019, at Casa Fugaz in Monumental Callao, Peru.

 

Under Construction. Latin America Narratives in the CIFO Collection will feature works by artists from different countries of Latin America. The list includes names such as Julieta Aranda (Mexico), Iván Argote (Colombia), Fredman Barahona (Nicaragua), Carlos Castro (Colombia), Silvia Gruner (Mexico), Suwon Lee (Venezuela), Felipe Meres (Brazil), Maria Evelia Marmolejo (Colombia), Marta Maria Pérez Bravo (Cuba/Mexico), Horacio Zabala (Argentina), among others.

 

"We want to invite the public to see a small sample of our many years of work on our mission to promote Latin American art," said CIFO founder and art collector Ella Fontanals-Cisneros. "With this exhibition, CIFO offers a representation of the essence of Latin America, its culture and its stories." she added.

 

“Thanks to the CIFO Foundation this event (International Festival of Contemporary Art "ART.MO 2019") will bring together one of the most important collections of Latin American art with a wide diversity of languages and formats” said Sonia Cunliffe, Director of de Fugaz | Arte de Convivir.

 

 

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About Fugaz | Arte de Convivir

 

Fugaz | Arte de Convivir is a sociocultural initiative that creates community and recovers public spaces through art, innovation and social management in Monumental Callao, a historic and heritage zone of the first port of Peru that was taken by violence for years. Fugaz offers a place of coexistence between its creativity and environment where there are no distinctions for skin color, religion, socio-economic level, sexual orientation or any other consideration. A place where the community is the source of inspiration to create and to live again with hope, helping each other and learning from those interactions.

 

For more information please visit www.fugaz.pe.

 

About The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO)

 

Ella Fontanals-Cisneros established the non-profit Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) in 2002. The Foundation's mission is to support and foster cultural understanding and educational dialog among Latin American artists and global audiences. CIFO serves as a platform for emerging, mid-career and established Latin American artists through the Grants & Commissions Program, the CIFO Collection, and other related art and cultural projects in the United States of America and internationally.

 

For more information please visit cifo.org and follow CIFO on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

 

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Under Construction. Latin America Narratives in the CIFO Collection will be on view from April 27 through July 27, 2019 at Casa Fugaz in Monumental Callao, Peru. For more information please visit https://www.fugaz.pe.

 

 

 








 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

 

THE CISNEROS FONTANALS ART FOUNDATION (CIFO) PRESENTS

SINCRÓNICAS. HORIZONS OF PERUVIAN CONTEMPORARY ART FROM THE COLLECTING PERSPECTIVE

AN EXHIBITION OF CONTEMPORARY PERUVIAN ART COINCIDING WITH ARCOmadrid

FEBRUARY 22 – MARCH 22, 2019

 


Exhibition to feature works by Peruvian artists from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection and

important private Peruvian art collections, to take place at Madrid’s El Instante Fundación.

 

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Rita Ponce de León. Untitled (detail). 2014. 25.5x25.5 cm. Ink and colored pencils. Photo: Courtesy The Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection and the artist.

 

 

 

 

Madrid, Spain (January 15th, 2019) – The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) is pleased to announce SinCrónicas. Horizons of Peruvian Contemporary Art from the Collecting Perspective, an exhibition of contemporary Peruvian art drawn from the collections of Ella Fontanals-Cisneros and the Peruvian art collectors Armando Andrade de Lucio, Carlos Marsano, Alberto and Ginette Rebaza and Juan Carlos Verme Giannoni from February 22 – March 22, 2019, at El Instante Fundación. The exhibition will coincide with ARCOmadrid, and it is a response to the selection of Peru as the “guest nation” for ARCOmadrid 2019. The exhibit is a CIFO Europe initiative and will be organized by Peruvian curator Max Hernández Calvo.

 

SinCrónicas. Horizons of Peruvian Contemporary Art from the Collecting Perspective will feature works by contemporary Peruvian artists including Armando Andrade Tudela, Christian Bendayán, Alberto Borea, Fernando Bryce, Alberto Casari, Elena Damiani, Jorge Eduardo Eielson, Sandra Gamarra, José Carlos Martinat, Wynnie Mynerva, Rita Ponce de León, Ishmael Randall-Weeks, Sandra Salazar, Giancarlo Scaglia, and Elena Tejada-Herrera, among others.

 

“From the collecting perspective, this exhibition depicts several key themes in contemporary Peruvian art, whose prefiguration took place in Peru in the late 20th century: the disputed territories; the daily tales and its diverse struggles; the body as testimony and as a defense of difference, and a reflexive abstraction that focuses in processes and materials,” said curator Max Hernández Calvo.

 

“It is an honor for CIFO and The Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection to participate in this very important collaboration between Latin-American collectors,” said Ella Fontanals-Cisneros. “This is just the beginning of a project that includes a donation of part of my collection and the development of a Latin-American museum in Madrid where there will be a space for artists and collectors of each country from Latin America.”

 

 

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About El Instante Fundación

 

El Instante Fundación was founded in Madrid in 2017 with a mission to carry out a reflection on the present time in our lives through different practices, such as science and art. With the aim of collaborating with other foundations and institutions to develop various projects, El Instante Fundación presents exhibitions of visual arts while hosting talks on cultural and scientific issues, screenings, theater, musical sessions and a residency program for artists in various disciplines.

 

About The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO)

 

Ella Fontanals-Cisneros established the non-profit Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) in 2002. The Foundation's mission is to support and foster cultural understanding and educational dialog among Latin American artists and global audiences. CIFO serves as a platform for emerging, mid-career and established Latin American artists through the Grants & Commissions Program, the CIFO Collection, and other related art and cultural projects in the United States of America and internationally.

 

For more information about the exhibitions and other programs, please visit cifo.org and follow CIFO on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

 

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SinCrónicas. Horizons of Peruvian Contemporary Art from the Collecting Perspective will be on view from February 25th through March 22nd at El Instante Fundación. For more information please visit https://www.elinstantefundacion.org/. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

THE CISNEROS FONTANALS ART FOUNDATION (CIFO) ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS OF THE

2019 CIFO GRANTS & COMMISSIONS PROGRAM AWARD

 

EL MUSEO DEL BARRIO TO HOST 2019 GRANTS & COMMISSIONS EXHIBITION

 

Acclaimed Chilean artist Cecilia Vicuña receives Achievement Award

 

 

  

Photo: Left to right first row: Emerging Artist - Oscar Abraham Pabón (Venezuela); Emerging Artist - María José Machado (Ecuador); Emerging Artist- Susana Pilar Delahante (Cuba).

Left to right second row: Mid-Career Artists -Leyla Cárdenas (Colombia); Achievement Artist - Cecilia Vicuña (Chile); Mid-Career Artist Yucef Merhi (Venezuela) 

Left to right third row: Mid-Career Artist Nicolás Paris (Colombia); Mid-Career Artist Anna Linnemann (Brazil); Emerging Artist Claudia Martínez Garay (Peru).

 

 

 

 

Miami, Florida (December 6, 2018) — The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 CIFO Grants & Commissions Program Award. The accompanying exhibition of new works by the awarded artists will be held at El Museo del Barrio in New York City, in the fall of 2019. The 2019 Grants & Commissions Program Award recognizes nine (9) Latin American artists representing seven (7) countries, across three (3) categories: The Achievement Award recipient, Cecilia Vicuña (Chile); Mid-Career Artists—Leyla Cárdenas (Colombia), Ana Linnemann (Brazil), Yucef Mehri (Venezuela) and Nicolas Paris (Colombia); and Emerging Artists— Susana Pilar Delahante (Cuba), Claudia Martínez Garay (Peru), María José Machado (Ecuador), and Oscar Abraham Pabón (Venezuela).

 

The annual Grants & Commissions Program, now in its 17th iteration and CIFO’s signature initiative, is an embodiment of the foundation’s mission to foster, support, and exhibit innovative work by Latin American artists. Nominated by an esteemed group of curators, the awarded artists exemplify the breadth and depth of contemporary art production throughout Latin America, engaging with diverse contemporary themes across media including video, performance, multimedia installation, sculpture, and found material, among others.

 

Since 2018, the accompanying Grants & Commissions exhibitions have been presented at international partnering institutions. The fall 2019 Grants & Commissions exhibition at El Museo del Barrio will mark the program’s debut exhibition in New York City. Further details on the upcoming exhibition will be announced at a later date.

 

“For El Museo del Barrio, generating strategic alliances with new cultural platforms is essential,” said Patrick Charpenel, Executive Director of El Museo del Barrio. “This is the reason why we are now embarking on a collaborative project with CIFO, always intending to recognize the outstanding work by emerging artists from the Latino and Latin American communities. Today more than ever we have the responsibility to promote vigorously the complex perspective of our artists.”

 

“CIFO is thrilled to be partnering with El Museo del Barrio for the next edition of the Grants & Commissions program,” said Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, CIFO’s Founder and Honorary President. “This upcoming exhibition will be a major event, and we are looking forward to seeing the work of these emerging, mid-career and established artists come to life in New York City.”

 

The 2019 CIFO Grants & Commissions Program Award recipients are as follows:

 

Grants & Commissions: Achievement Award


Cecilia Vicuña (Chile) has embraced the concept of the quipu, a tactile and spatial metaphor for the interconnection of the body and the cosmos. “[The awarded project] is the culmination of my life’s work. It is a monumental collective art action from the heart center of indigenous poetics, calling attention to the destruction of the glaciers”.

Nominated by: Liz Munsell (USA).

 

Grants & Commissions: Mid-Career Artists


Leyla Cárdenas (Colombia) presents a video-installation in which she unravels the weft of the projection screen leaving the warp as a stratigraphic metaphor of the ghostly connotation of both architectural vestiges and natural geology.

Nominated by: Jesús Fuenmayor (Venezuela).

 

Ana Linnemann (Brazil) establishes circuits with an ongoing series of works to build up her project, a conducting wooden structure, in which artistic labor-related objects and tools, are brought into life by electrical connections.

Nominated by: Jesús Fuenmayor (Venezuela)

 

Yucef Mehri (Venezuela) work addresses social, political, and philosophical issues in the contemporary world. His project presents an immersive installation comprised by official reports, testimonies, and leaked data from the No Fly list, a list created and maintained by the United States federal government's Terrorist Screening Center (TSC).

Nominated by: Rodolfo Kronfle (Ecuador)

 

Nicolás Paris (Colombia) presents a modular and changing installation attached to the architectural space that examines the classroom as an idea and engages the active role of the public.

Nominated by: Oscar Muñoz (Colombia).

 

Grants & Commissions: Emerging Artists


Susana Pilar Delahante (Cuba) presents a performance that explores the footprint of the African diaspora in the Caribbean through her own family history.

Nominated by: René Francisco Rodríguez (Cuba)

 

Claudia Martínez Garay (Peru) creates a graphic installation, a mix of diverse images evoking oppression and insurrection, dictatorship and rebellion, in Latin American history.

Nominated by: Jesús Fuenmayor (Venezuela) and Gustavo Buntinx (Peru).

 

María José Machado (Ecuador) puts her fingers on the sore spots of society by approaching life in prison populations through a relational type of work, workshops and photographic documentation around the embodiment of freedom allegories.

Nominated by: Jesús Fuenmayor (Venezuela)

 

Oscar Abraham Pabón (Venezuela) presents an interactive intervention of a grand piano using recycled materials to create a precarious sounding board similar to an informal house.

Nominated by: Raquel Schwartz (Bolivia) and Kaira Cabañas (U.S.A).

 

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About El Museo del Barrio


El Museo del Barrio, founded by a coalition of Puerto Rican educators, artists, and activists, is the nation’s leading Latino and Latin American cultural institution. The Museum welcomes visitors of all backgrounds to discover the artistic landscape of these communities through its extensive Permanent Collection, varied exhibitions and publications, bilingual public programs, educational activities, festivals, and special events. The Museum is located at 1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street in New York City, and open Wednesday to Saturday from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm, and Sunday from 12:00 to 5:00 pm. Admission is suggested. For more information, please visit www.elmuseo.org.

 

About CIFO


Ella Fontanals-Cisneros established the non-profit Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) in 2002. The foundation’s mission is to support and foster cultural understanding and educational dialog among Latin American artists and global audiences. CIFO serves as a platform for emerging, mid-career and established Latin American artists through the Grants & Commissions Program, the CIFO Collection, and other related art and cultural projects in the United States of America and internationally.

For more information about CIFO exhibitions, and other programs, please visit cifo.org and follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

 

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Liz Munsell

Liz Munsell

Liz Munsell is Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston, where she has served in curatorial positions since 2009. Between 2012-2017 she held a visiting curator post at Harvard University’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. A Fulbright Scholar to Chile in 2006, Munsell holds a BA in International Letters and Visual Studies from Tufts University, minor in Latin American Studies, and a Masters in Cultural Studies from the Universidad de Chile. Some of her latest exhibitions include Cecilia Vicuña: Disappeared Quipu at Brooklyn Museum and MFA, Boston (2018-2019); Annette Lemeiux: Mise en Scène (2017-2018) and Pablo Helguera’s Club Americano at MFA, Boston (2017). Her writings have been published in numerous print and online publications.

 

Monday, 26 November 2018 20:03

Jesus Fuenmayor

Jesús Fuenmayor

Jesús Fuenmayor is an academic curator with more than twenty-five years of experience in the field of modern and contemporary art exhibitions. From 2005–2011, he served as Director of the contemporary art space Periférico Caracas in Venezuela, and from 2012–2015, he was Director and Curator of the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO). Some of his exhibitions include Impulse, Reason, Sense, Conflict (2015), which focused on abstract art in the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection. In 2015, he also curated the retrospective Eugenio Espinoza: Unruly Supports 1970-1980 at the Pérez Art Museum, Miami in addition to Gego: Autobiography of a Line at the Dominique Lévy Gallery in New York. At CIFO he also organized Permission to Be Global: Prácticas Globales (2014) with curators Jen Mergel and Liz Munsell from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. He is currently the general curator of the 14th Cuenca Biennial (Ecuador, 2018).

 








 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

 

THE CISNEROS FONTANALS ART FOUNDATION (CIFO) PRESENTS

STRATEGIC IMMERSIONS: FIRST STOP

THE EXHIBITION OF THE 2018 CIFO GRANTS & COMMISSIONS PROGRAM

 

October 6 - November 28, 2018

Centro Cultural Metropolitano (MetQUITO), Quito, Ecuador

 

Photo: Courtesy Centro Cultural Metropolitano, MetQUITO.

 

 

 

 

Quito, Ecuador (September 18, 2018) – The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) is pleased to present Strategic Immersions: First Stop, the exhibition for the 2018 CIFO Grants & Commissions program. Strategic Immersions: First Stop, featuring new works by the nine recipients of the 2018 Grants & Commissions awards, will be on view at the Centro Cultural Metropolitano (MetQUITO) in Quito, Ecuador, from October 6 – November 28, 2018. This marks the first year that the CIFO Grants & Commissions exhibition will be presented as an international traveling exhibition. Strategic Immersions: First Stop is a CIFO exhibition organized by Centro Cultural Metropolitano (MetQUITO).

 

Strategic Immersions: First Stop features new works by artists representing seven countries across Latin America, and divided into three categories: the Achievement Award recipient, Argentinean artist Horacio Zabala; Mid-Career Artists—Magdalena Atria (Chile) and Lázaro Saavedra (Cuba); and Emerging Artists—Fredman Barahona (Nicaragua), Gala Berger (Argentina), Víctor del Moral (Mexico), Rubén D´Hers (Venezuela), Laura Huertas Millán (Colombia), and Daniela Serna Gallego (Colombia).

 

“For this, the 16th edition of the Grants & Commissions Program, CIFO is proud to support such a strong and diverse array of voices in contemporary Latin American art,” said Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, founder of CIFO. “We are thrilled to be partnering with the Centro Cultural Metropolitano de Quito to present Strategic Immersions: First Stop, and are looking forward to engaging deeply with the art community of Quito and beyond.”

 

“On this first stop, the works come together as strategic immersions that reveal other ways to delve into topics that echo collective anxieties, revealing correspondences in the space we inhabit and allowing for an awareness of this space,” said exhibition organizer Pily Estrada Lecaro. “They plunge into the world so that we can shed its certainty and remain on alert.”

 

Horacio Zabala (Argentina) is the winner of the 2018 Achievement Award. Zabala’s work draws on the lineage of conceptualism, one of the essential elements of the Latin American art scene. For Zabala, conceiving art as a system of signs by rehearsing works as ideas, questions, and answers, has been a discursive strategy for almost fifty years. With Hipótesis para 25 Signos y 17 Monocromos (Hypothesis for 25 Signs and 17 Monochromes), Zabala gives continuity to his combinations of monochromes and mathematical signs in the manner of linking two systems belonging to different categories. In his own words: “Relating differences does not mean reducing the complexity, it rather means uncovering secret encounters. Intuiting minimal possible relationships is to perceive much more than what is actually seen. Less is not more, but much more”.

 

Mid-career winners Lázaro Saavedra (Cuba) and Magdalena Atria (Chile) have throughout their careers achieved an aesthetic symbiosis between global and local, tradition and rupture. In Mártires (Martyrs), Saavedra shows a conceptual vocation of popular lineage in Cuban art using quotation and parody as artistic languages. The historical irony is revealed with the crisis of the old paradigms of the revolutionary hero, whose ideals are sacrificed today in the Caribbean island for economic survival.

 

From a very personal perspective, Magdalena Atria uses wall painting with plasticine to deliver a renewed vision of abstraction, another language widely developed in modern Latin American history. In Cogollo de Toronjil (Lemon Balm Shoot) the Chilean artist interweaves the geometric and the organic, interested in redefining abstraction “through a close and direct connection with the world, given by the material and the manufacturing process.”

 

The Emerging Award winners’ works represent the variety of artistic discourses by young artists in Latin America. The Germany-based Venezuelan artist Rubén D’hers proposes Faint Music, a sound installation exploring the duality of music and noises produced by appliances and gadgets from the home environment. Victor del Moral (Mexico) merges performance and installation in paLíndro, a live installation about the concept of text and its graphic, sculptural, choreographic and sonorous dimensions. Del Moral builds a visual palindrome that plays with reflections and duplication of geometries and letters. He is devoted to “destabilizing (risking) all conventional logics of writing, disrupting the order of objects or putting a speech at risk.”

 

In a different way, the Colombian artist Daniela Serna is attracted to the behaviors of the reading processes in contemporary society. Perífrasis (Periphrase) is a machine created by the artist to explain how the immediacy of information and the constant flow of content provoke the self-annihilation of the linguistic system.

 

Other artists present the social role of art through their activism and criticism. Machete Dress, by Nicaraguan Fredman Barahona, functions as a reminder that queer experiences have always challenged the construction of a revolutionary liberation process of his country to its core. A performance art piece that takes the form of a dress constructed of machetes, the piece co-opts a symbol of Nicaraguan working class liberation to highlight the erasure of LGBTIQ identities from Latin American revolutionary narratives.

 

Alianzas de la Resistencia (Resistance Alliances), an installation by Gala Berger (Argentina), is set up as a human-scale interactive board game meant to rewrite history. “Narrating a history that has been omitted by sexist and patriarchal culture means invoking the strength and power of representation, by playing a game to overthrow the normalized forms of violence against women and normative models of gender and sexuality.

 

Espejismos (Mirages), by Laura Huertas Millán (Colombia) is a multichannel video-installation that critically explores the multiple functions of coca in the Colombian Amazon. This work, halfway between cinema and video art, reveals the creative strategy of its author: “on the one hand, ethnography becomes fiction and, on the other hand, fiction is enriched by anthropology.

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About the CIFO Grants & Commissions Program

 

The CIFO Grants & Commissions Program offers emerging, mid-career and established contemporary Latin American artists the opportunity to develop and present new work to international audiences. To date CIFO has awarded more than 120 artists and dedicated over $1.5 million in funds through the program. Each year, artists are nominated by CIFO’s Honorary Advisory Committee, which is comprised of leading art professionals, curators and artists from Latin America, the United States and Europe. After a rigorous review process, the winners are chosen by the Selection Committee and ratified by the CIFO Board of Directors. The program has been known to springboard its recipients to the next level of their careers.

 

About CIFO

 

Ella Fontanals-Cisneros established the non-profit Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) in 2002. The foundation’s mission is to support and foster cultural understanding and educational dialog among Latin American artists and global audiences. CIFO serves as a platform for emerging, mid-career and established Latin American artists through the Grants & Commissions Program, the CIFO Collection, and other related art and cultural projects in the United States of America and internationally. 

 

For more information about the exhibitions and other programs, please visit cifo.org, and follow CIFO on Facebook, Instagram and  Twitter.

 

About Centro Cultural Metropolitano – (MetQUITO)

 

The Metropolitan Cultural Center of Quito, MetQUITO (Centro Cultural Metropolitano, MetQUITO), is a cultural institution of the capital city of Ecuador, founded in 2000. MetQUITO includes spaces such as the Alberto Mena Caamaño Historical Museum, the Municipal Public Library Federico González Suárez, and five gallery halls dedicated to hosting national and international temporary exhibitions of art, social sciences, and history. It also holds an important collection of local cultural heritage, including art and objects from antiquity to the present day.

 

MetQUITO is housed in a historic building built in the 17th century by the Jesuit priests (Colegio Máximo Jesuíta), which later housed a military center (Cuartel General de Lima), and the first public university in the country (Universidad Central del Ecuador). Located in Quito’s historic downtown area, MetQUITO is one of the most frequented cultural centers in the city, welcoming about 700,000 visitors per year.

 

 

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