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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

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

2020 CIFO GRANTS & COMMISSIONS PROGRAM AWARD

 

BRAZILIAN ARTIST MARTHA ARAÚJO RECEIVES THE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

 

 

 

  

Photo: Left to right first row: Mid-Career Artist - Tania Candiani (Mexico); Emerging Artist - Rolando López (Mexico); Emerging Artist- Lucas Lugarinho (Mexico).

Left to right second row: Emerging Artist - Maria Noujaim (Brazil); Achievement Artist - Martha Araújo (Brazil); Mid-Career Artist- Simone Michelin (Brazil). 

Left to right third row: Mid-Career Artist - Adán Vallecillo (Honduras); Emerging Artist - Milton Raggi Vinueza (Cuba); Emerging Artist- Paloma Contreras Lomas (Mexico).

 

 

 

 

Madrid, Spain (February 28, 2020) — The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 CIFO Grants & Commissions Program Award. The accompanying exhibition of new works by the awarded artists will be presented in the fall of 2020. The 2020 Grants & Commissions Program Award recognizes nine (9) Latin American artists representing four (4) different countries, across three (3) categories: The Achievement Award recipient Martha Araújo (Brazil); Mid-Career Artists —Tania Candiani (Mexico), Simone Michelin (Brazil) and Adán Vallecillo (Honduras); and Emerging artists— Paloma Contreras Lomas (Mexico), Rolando López (Mexico), Lucas Lugarinho (Mexico), Maria Noujaim (Brazil) and Milton Raggi Vinueza (Cuba).

 

The Grants & Commissions Program, CIFO’s signature initiative now in its 18th itineration, has presented its accompanying exhibition at international partnering institutions since 2018. In 2018 the exhibit took place at the Centro Cultural Metropolitano (MetQUITO) in Quito, Ecuador; in 2019 the awardees presented their work at El Museo del Barrio in New York City. Further details on the upcoming exhibition will be announced at a later date.

 

The 2020 CIFO Grants & Commissions Program Award recipients are as follows:

 

Grants & Commissions: Achievement Award


The art of Martha Araújo (Brazil) emerged during the last years of the military dictatorship in Brazil. These adverse circumstances shaped an existential artistic discourse focused on the limits of the body, the play between repression and freedom, and the relationship between the “self” and the “other.” “The main issue for me has always been the “other.” My works are only complete through the “other.” Such is my problem and my redemption.”

Nominated by: Jesús Fuenmayor (Venezuela).

 

Grants & Commissions: Mid-Career Artists


The artistic strategy of Tania Candiani (Mexico) is based on the reinterpretation of elements found in ritual and artisanal traditions. In her work we see a negotiation between the past and the present, a poetics of memory that relies on the persistence of knowledge. “I find interest in translating the different elements of traditional dance, where a living and changing syncretism can be revealed, into the language of contemporary art, in order to stimulate a bridge between two artistic thoughts of a different nature.”

Nominated by: Carlos Garaicoa (Cuba).

 

The work of Simone Michelin (Brazil) is located halfway between the physical and the virtual. As part of her ongoing technological experimentation, virtual reality (VR) allows the artist to recreate aspects of the instability and violence of everyday life in Brazil. “The goal is not to represent reality, but to present possible realities, to provide encounters, diversified approaches to the Real”.

Nominated by: Berta Sichel (Spain)

 

Adán Vallecillo’s recent creative practice is based on a relationship between raw and manufactured materials. Field investigations are the starting point of his work, in which the symbolic value of the material is key to understanding the historic and social substrate of his conceptual premise. “I take art as a tool of knowledge and an excuse for spurring reflection and critical debate.”

Nominated by: Michy Marxuach (Puerto Rico) and Cecilia Fajardo-Hill (U.S.A).

 

Grants & Commissions: Emerging Artists


Field investigation is essential for Paloma Contreras Lomas (Mexico), whose work focuses in the creation of fictions that allow her to question imposed narratives. This practice of “fiction as resistance” (the artist’s terminology) is based on an expansion of writing into other media and in the positioning of the viewer as active agent in the narrative.

Nominated by: Yoshua Okón (Mexico)

 

Through the photo-essay, Rolando López (Mexico) reflects ironically on the contradictions that exist between the lucrative activities of the Guggenheim family businesses, and the noxious environmental impact of these industries in Mexico.

Nominated by: Yoshua Okón (Mexico) 

 

Operating from a multidisciplinary methodology, Lucas Lugarinho (Mexico) proposes the image as a living and self-sufficient organism that functions within a sort of postmodern digital ecosystem, in which human beings and machines participate.

Nominated by: Guillermo Santamarina (Mexico)

 

The recent work of Maria Noujaim (Brazil) has focused on the origins of language and its connections with drawing and calligraphy. In an attempt to fuse form and language through the body, Noujaim articulates sculpture and performance in her creative discourse.

Nominated by: Kaira Cabañas (U.S.A)

 

Milton Raggi Vinueza (Cuba) focuses on the recycling and repurposing of objects as a narrative of Cuban socio-cultural behavior. Within his project, the process and the context are two fundamental variables that contribute to the construction of meaning.

Nominated by: Cristina Vives (Cuba)

 

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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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The Government of Spain does not come to an agreement with the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) in the context of the negotiations for the creation of the Contemporary Art Collection of the Americas that the Tabacalera complex in Madrid would receive.

 

 

  
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Photo: Ella Fontanals-Cisneros. 

Credits EFE /Emilio Naranjo 

 

 

 

Madrid, Spain (February 6, 2020) - The Government of Spain and the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) have not reached an agreement in the context of the creation of an exhibition space located in the Tabacalera in Madrid, Spain.

 

On February 21, 2018, Ella Fontanals-Cisneros and the then Minister of Culture, Iñigo Méndez de Vigo, signed a memorandum of understanding for the creation of an exhibition space that would be hosted at the Tabacalera complex in the city of Madrid. In this way, part of the Collection, which is one of the most important in the world, would give rise to the new Collection of Contemporary Art of the Americas. The planned donation included more than 400 art pieces by leading international artists, in addition to a long-term loan of around 600 more pieces.

 

Last October 2019, Fontanals-Cisneros received a letter from the Minister of Culture, José Guirao, in which he communicated that it was not possible to comply with the signed agreement, under the previously agreed terms.

 

Thus, more than 9 years of negotiations between Ella Fontanals-Cisneros and the Government of Spain came to an end. “It is a great disappointment because we have dedicated time, effort and resources to turn the Contemporary Art Collection of the Americas into reality. We have always been available and open to all kinds of requests that have been made to us by the different agencies and it is very disappointing that, in the end, they did not want to comply with the agreement," says Ella Fontanals-Cisneros. “Despite this setback, I am still convinced that Spain and, particularly Madrid, is the ideal place to host part of my personal collection. Therefore, our intention is to explore new ways to obtain private funds in order to analyze different options and possible partnerships.” she added.

 

 

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About Ella Fontanals-Cisneros


The Founder of the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Ella Fontanals-Cisneros is a philanthropist, entrepreneur and businesswoman in new technologies and other industries, and a collector of contemporary art. She began collecting art in the 1970s and her collection has an international profile, encompassing emblematic figures of modern and contemporary art, with a focus on Latin American art. Fontanals-Cisneros is a former or current board member of a wide range of arts and educational institutions, including the Tate Americas Foundation; United Artists; the Cintas Foundation; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami; the New Museum; the Fulbright Program; and Princeton University’s Program in Latin American Studies.

 

About The Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection (EFC)


Ella Fontanals-Cisneros began collecting art in the early 1970s, with a primary interest in work from Latin America. As the collection has grown and developed, its scope has expanded. What began as the acquisition of works of art for personal enjoyment has matured into an ambitious life project. In a way, there are several collections within the collection. Four main areas of interest have been systematically increasing in recent years: geometric abstraction from Latin America; contemporary international and Latin American art; contemporary video; and modern and contemporary photography.

 

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. More information is available at www.cifo.org.

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Thursday, 16 January 2020 20:46

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.








 

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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

 

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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.

 

 

 








 

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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.

 

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