Between Art & Design Exhibition
Exhibition runs July 15, 2023 – September 9, 2023.
Latin American Art Pavilion (LAAP) has created the exhibition Between Art and Design and as a protagonist material, the textile, seen through the works of visual artists and craftswomen, to highlight the appropriation of the material, the conceptual proposal and the reception of the work in the viewer.
The visual artists using sewing, embroidery, fabric and drawing insert them as material in the work, enhancing the message and moving the viewer. The craftswomen, using twisted threads, knots, and macramé techniques, revitalize the craft with decorative and functional pieces of high design.
Visual artists such as Sheila Fraga, incorporates sewing as an expressive element with a strong heartbreaking message. Judit Vidal Faife and the use of charcoal and graphite appropriate embroidery to paint its textures and volumes in a realistic way. Analvis Somoza, using the quilting technique and incorporating materials from the manual craft, “paints” her themes of urban characters. Sol Villanueva, resorts to embroidery to capture unique works of ethnographic interest such as Mapuche textiles (native Indians living between Argentina and Chile) and Kogin, a traditional Japanese embroidery technique (northern Japan), or tropical fauna such as the Sunbird (Southeast Asia, Africa, northern Australia) to establish the presence and rescue of endemic cultures and bird species in danger of extinction. Monica Kline, who unravels the threads of the fabric into poetic compositions similar to Haikus. Priscila Schott who with the use of felt, repetitive form and volume creates dynamism and optical movement in two-dimensional works. Felisa Prieto elaborates as she puts it “from irreparable situations and physical appearances” sculptural works where the canvas is the protagonist to express concepts such as time, loss,
memory, change, mutation, life.
The Trama group, made up of the Chileans Veronica Sastre, Fernanda Iraguen and Jose Maria Suarez, submerge their search in remote techniques such as knotting and barreling from a design re-evaluated to current tastes, allowing to revitalize the textile craft trade with an aesthetic value of exquisite design, according to the contemporary lifestyle.
Between Art and Design, an exhibition of the work of eleven Latin American artists, who focus their works on the manipulation of textile, an appropriation of craft techniques adapted by the artists to their own creative languages.
July 8th, 2023
FEELING THE HAITIAN ART EXHIBITION
Exhibition runs April 21, 2023 – July 18, 2023.
Haitian Art has remained faithful to its cultural and social roots outside its territorial limits through artists emotionally and intellectually committed to its identity. These artists, cultural makers, have explored and synthesized national symbols, daily activities, social denunciations and religious traditions with exquisite billing, validating a Haitian art of universal scope. Others have recovered from popular art its rich artisan tradition and have promoted an artistic product of high aesthetic value. All, united in showing from the diaspora a solid, own and living art of their culture.
KONSEVASYON KILTI YO
Zèv Atis Ayisyen rete fidèl ak rasin kiltirèl ak sosyal yo menm andeyò limit teritwa yo paske Atis yo rete angaje ak idantite yo sou plan emosyonèl ak entelektyèl. Atis sa yo, ki se anbasadè kilti ayisyen, te eksplore epi rezime senbòl nasyonal yo, aktivite moun fè chak jou, denonsyasyon sosyal ak tradisyon relijye yo nan yon pakèt bèl zèv ki mete zèv ayisyen yo a menm nivo ak tout lòt peyi. Gen lòt ki te pran nan zèv popilè ke atizan tradisyonèl yo fè epi fè konnen yon zèv ki genyen gwo valè pou jan yo bèl. Yo tout mete tèt yo ansanm pou yo bay yon imaj solid, pèsonèl de dyaspora ayisyen an ak yon imaj vivan de kilti yo.
Narratives of Latin American Art
Exhibition runs October 13, 2022 – January 4, 2023.
Through the concept ”narrative” latent themes in Latin American literature and the art developed in it are intertwined, which allows to poetically and artistically enhance topics present in contemporary Latin American art, increasingly projected as a place of enunciations from where the works are created, from where works are built with the language of international culture.
A través del concepto “narrativa” se entretejen temáticas latentes en la literatura latinoamericana y el arte desarrollado en ella, lo que permite potenciar poética y artísticamente tópicos presentes en el arte contemporáneo latinoamericano cada vez más proyectado como lugar de enunciaciones desde donde se crean las obras, desde donde se construyen obras con lenguaje de cultura internacional.
Culture & Identity of our America
Exhibition runs October 4, 2022 – January 3, 2023.
To talk about Latin America it is necessary to include other peoples that also make it up, that were not colonized by Spain and/or Portugal. It is for this reason that we will try through this art exhibition entitled: “Culture and Identity of our America” to use a more inclusive term ‘The New World’, encompassing the Caribbean and the Americas (North with Mexico, Central and South) to address culture as regional identity.
The cultural diversity in ‘The New World’ is complex due to the actors that make it up: aboriginal peoples of diverse cultures, European colonization, black trafficking, birth of the Creole and mestizo due to racial crossings, migratory waves of the 20th century and that still continue expanding and enriching cultures in the Americas.
This great amalgam has made it possible to speak of a culture with its own identity, which although it navigates particular routes from country to country, has within its singularities, features of the American cultural imaginary, rich in colors, smells, proverbs, folklore, religiosity , architecture, festivities, cuisine and music.
Our proposal is to show this enormous cultural wealth that gives us our own identity – per se the differences – through “Culture and Identity in our America”.
LAAP Art Curator
Exhibition runs January 14, 2022 – March 30, 2022.
When the director of the Latin American Art Pavilion project, Maria Napoles, proposed to me the idea of holding an exhibition dedicated to women through the art of loom and embroidery expressed and mixed in different artistic disciplines, the idea was attractive to me, valid and challenging because it meant bringing together a group of women artists, who would narrate stories and personal experiences through the art developed by each one of them and that at the same time their stories were interwoven to achieve as a result a great network of connection between women artists within contemporary visual arts.
For this purpose, we have brought together nine artists for this exhibition entitled Linking Strands:
Aimee Perez within sculptural ceramic and the use of rope as an expressive and conceptual element in her work.
Yudit Vidal Faife with two works belonging to his series “Between threads, wings and brushes”, where needlework, traditional in the city of Trinidad in Cuba, are revitalized along with painting and drawing to achieve unique pieces of strong character expressive and aesthetic.
Sheila Fraga incorporates in her paintings the work of the thread as an expressive element that allows her to communicate philosophical concepts.
Analvis Somoza, through the use of collage and pigments, provides us with patchworks from her pictorial series “Dandy Images”.
Sol Villanueva focuses on highlighting cultural identity and transculturation based on loom techniques such as that of the Mapuche ethnic group and Japanese embroidery such as Kogin, in which creative individuality is lost to highlight group creation.
Jane Krause who starts from collage in fabric on canvas and pigments sews and combines discordant images into a cohesive whole to find harmony in chance.
Laura Hernandez and her installation “Life Nature”, where natural pods are intervened with acrylic paint and photographic transfers to saving and recycle nature’s resources and balance their uses.
Patricia Meier with two works belonging to her series “Embroidery and Overflow” where the art of the needle and the thread are intertwined on paper and engraving to revalue this activity – renegade to the leisure of women in colonial times – that although they have an elaborate delicacy and dedication, even today they are appreciated and it is still almost entirely a work of female hands.
Linking Strands is a small display cabinet with brave artists who express themselves in their respective disciplines and dare to incorporate unconventional tools to create unique, powerful and exquisitely crafted pieces. They are voices of women murmuring their stories, weaving them with needle and thread, melting them into a very value art to be enjoyed by earthly gods.
Anaibis Yero / LAAP Art Curator/ Jan 3. 2022
I DON'T CARE
Exhibition runs October 8, 2020 – January 5, 2021.
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, Latin American Art Pavilion presents the pop art exhibition “I DON’T CARE” as an interpretive exhibition of contemporary Latin American art in the face of an avant-garde trend such as Pop Art. The appropriation of its conceptual and formal bases served to express Latin American realities from various themes, one of them being the comic book. Examples are the works of Luis Cabrera and Mariano Lirman. In other cases, Pop Art and its “Celebrity” theme is expressed from the audiovisual approach (television and cinema) through rock as a musical genre that allowed, through its loud sound and its letters of denunciations, the protest and disagreement of the Latin American society. In contrast, the feminine sensuality of Marilyn Monroe, as a sexual and frivolous symbol of the social positioning of women. Examples are the works of Julio Molinas, Sami AKL and Micky Goldstein. The collage as a technique of mixing images and materials was showcased in pop art and Juan Vasco appropriates this to start from the acrylic pigment and the predominant color red in his work, to gather pieces of a light and trivial reality of the couple – understood between man and woman-, present in the society. The repetition of the image is a very recurring characteristic in pop art and Teo Beceiro supports his work in it to create the series Felicidad and establish a dialogue with the viewer about the concept of being happy, playing with repetition as a recurring idea of the own everyday concept that we make for our life. Marcela Solana also appropriates the repetition of the image, but this time individualizing one of them with the purpose of breaking the pattern to emphasize the differentiating element.
Anne Brunet, French artist invited to the exhibition and exponent of Surrealism Pop or Lowbrow, explores through digital art the centers of the energy system of the human body or Chakras to explore the meanings of each image with a poetic sense from a personal vision.
We can then affirm that pop art was and continues to be present in contemporary Latin American art, it has known how to drink from its techniques based on carefreeness, criticism from humor, freedom in forms and materials to contextualize them to each reality of the societies in the Latin American hemisphere.
Arts Professional | Curator
Oct 1, 2021
Guillermo Portieles: Existencia Natural
Exhibition runs October 11, 2019 – December 27, 2019.
The exhibition EXISTENCIA NATURAL | NATURAL EXISTENCE complements and summarizes the configuration of a cycle of meetings of Guillermo Portieles with the city of Havana. We attend a two-dimensional representation of the environment that is structured and balance from a rational or conceptual point of view; that it has in the proof of the immersion of direct experience and contextual exchange its main resources of artistic inquiry.
In this set of works, adjoining to the landscape genre, the best pictorial artifices of the artist is also recognized. I mean, to the fusion between drawing and painting, to geometric elucubrations, harmonic gradations of color and the use of transparencies.
The mixture between the architectural ensembles represented by the artist and the figures of the elephants, sometimes deployed in a direct way and other in simulated way, reinforce the foundation of this poetic perspective and philosophical moments that are defended in the exhibition.
We could recognize, as the first instance of that connection, of that parable, an explicit contrast, a struggle, between the wild and civilized spirit, between the sense of inadaptability and rooting.
Other symbolic behaviors associated with the animal and its capacity, such as support and compassion, self-recognition, fidelity to the paths of life, predisposition to play, inclination to duel, also contribute to diversifying readings and interpretations of the works; loaded with meanings, infinite paradoxes, these “urban environments” representative of a new state of enthronement within the intellectual life of Portieles and its symbolic production.
Roots of an Identity
Exhibition runs September 16, 2019 – October 31, 2019.
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month!
Roots of an Identity is a collective exhibition of Latin American contemporary art that investigates Hispanic process through a wide and varied proposal in interpretive languages, techniques and artistic disciplines.
Seventeen artists participate in Roots of an Identity: Octavio Cuellar, Sheila Fraga, Guillermo Portieles, Armando Tejuca, Jorge Martinez and Maricarmen Fernandez (Cuba); Carlos Martinez Leon, Marco Caridad and Vicente Diez (Venezuela), Luisa Fernandez Linares and Luis Daniel Pedroza (Colombia); Mai Yap (Panama); Julio Molinas (Chile); William Vega (Bolivia); Emilio Martinez (Honduras); Patricia Meier (Ecuador) and Felix Cordero (Puerto Rico).
The Opening night exhibition will be October 12, 2019 | 6:30-8:30 pm
Exhibition runs Sep 16 – Oct 31, 2019 in Miramar Cultural Center, located at 2400 Civic Center Pl, Miramar, FL 33025.
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Exhibition runs August 1, 2019 – August 19, 2019.
EROTIKA IV – Monochromatic Art of Sensuality
Stylistic ally for the thematic of the nude has been the monochrome photography for its powerful force and poetic drama that it confers on the image itself, uncovering it from its own soul to extract all its beauty, sensuality and different meanings from the associations that produce the color images.
From this perspective and incorporating different techniques and media, the photographer-artist appropriates the theme of the nude to express his/her images in contemporary language.
This exhibition was conceived starting from the female figure, as the protagonist of the theme of the nude, to pay tribute to the famous Cuban photographer Tito Trelles – recently deceased – master of this theme in his photographic production.
Exhibition runs July 11, 2019 – July 29, 2019.
DOCUMENTA III: connection between the five elements of nature & artistic expression
ALEXIS CASTILLO, Cuba
We Are Still Cavemen. The basic wiring in our brains and how we interact are the same as thousands of years ago. Nature is where we still belong.
When I am in the wild with the animals, they move me in an elemental way. I think black and white photography can communicate my feelings better. Black and white also has the potential to reveal the essence, to lift out the soul, of wild animals. It seems to capture the truth that lies beneath the surface.
Wildlife photography is about capturing a split second, when the light and the animal behavior come together to create an emotional image. The fancy light of the nature, and the special moments when a magnificent wild animal allows you to be present in its world are the simple pleasures help you to appreciate and be grateful. All worries, sadness and regrets are forgotten.
To be a wildlife photographer helps to know what kind of person you are because the animal species you choose to photograph tell about beauty, power, elegance, speed, excitement, etc.
If I can capture a moment that evokes emotion in my viewers, I consider it a success.
Why these images? The animals and the nature have a symbiotic relationship of care and respect, which helps both their conservation and the maintenance of the ecological balance.
Bald Eagle: conveys the powers and messages of the spirit; it is man’s connection to the divine because it flies higher than any other bird. … If eagle has appeared, it bestows freedom and courage to look ahead. The eagle is symbolic of the importance of honesty and truthful principles. When you are in Mississippi River, once in Dubuque (Iowa), you are in the land of Bald Eagles because rivers and lakes are frozen in Canada. They migrate from there for better fishing. January is really cold in North Mississippi, about 10 Fahrenheit, here in an empty land of people and in front of Mississippi River you are really free.
African Elephant: Many African cultures revere the African Elephant as a symbol of strength and power. It is also praised for its size, longevity, stamina, mental faculties, cooperative spirit, and loyalty. Elephants use dirt as sunscreen. This picture was taken on August-2017 in Okavango Delta, Botswana, Africa.
Bengal Tiger: for many cultural the tiger symbolizes the spirit animal of female sensuality, audacity, ferocity. When you see tiger drinks water in peaceful mood you can see a big sweet cat inside celestial ceremony that establishes between him and the nature. The animal knows that needs water to live. The union is awesome! This photograph was taken in Ranthambore National Park, State in Northern India.
DMITRY ZHITOV, RUSSIA
The Taj Mahal is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. It was built by the Emperor Shah Jahan along the river in Agra India in honor of his beloved wife, Mumtaz. When I first saw the Taj from a distance, I was stunned by its blue pearlescent glow. And the long ornamental waterway that led me to the entrance and brought me the inner peace and calm he no doubt wanted to give his dying wife.
Red is Fire… the red of blood, of flowers and the summer season.
Fire is at the heart of human celebrations… ornate garments and headdresses, color and tapestry. Fire is at the heart of life… heat, warmth, a vibrant source of energy day and night.
Are we puppets, manipulated by an invisible hand? Puppets pulled and guided by fiery unseen cords that connect us to the people and experiences we are intended to have?
Water satisfies thirsts… our child-like thirst for life, for experiencing new things. For learning and knowing.
As we grow up and become preoccupied with our adult lives, our inner child’s desires are frequently forgotten or ignored. This photo reminds us that our child selves are waiting for us to continue quenching their thirsts… their thirsts for life.
MARICARMEN FERNANDEZ, CUBA
Language is a sound expression in two senses; as thought and as oral communication, and handles not only the information received but also the abstract concepts.
A created sound is given a meaning and then acquires the value of representing something. But sound, in addition to defining things, allows us to develop abstract ideas, non-tangible concepts, and communicate directly with feelings and what we might call “soul”.
If the basic elements of the image, such as color, line, plane, are freed from physical representation, the message of concrete ideas is freed towards more abstract ideas.
In my painting I divest the object of its physical forms to let it enter the world of sensations ruled by colors, textures, and timeless concepts, which register in the human psyche a new meaning.
NATHALIA SHUMAKER, BRAZIL
As a person, I have a very strong connection with nature, receiving all the energy and peace that emanates from creation. As a biologist, I understand the essence, the evolution and the magnitude of life, relating to the 4 elements all existence. As a photographer, I have to admit everything I aspire from the depths of the soul, to the one who sees it and perceives in my images all this grandiosity.
In the grandeur of things, we are simply a spec, albeit, with unlimited freedom to expand.
The invested energy transforms peaceful and shallow waters in pulsating and out of reaches ones.
Against time, with the wind’s favor, guided by instinct, we fly.
PAMELLA HERPIO, BRAZIL
Neuroscience studies report that the immensity that the sea projects causes a state of admiration and amazement in our psyche. The meditative state that causes watching the waves of the sea strengthens and stimulates brain waves, which can even change. Contemplating the sea is a spiritual cure, which induces calm, meditation, an internal return to us. The perception of time varies, it becomes slower, even coming to have the feeling that time has stopped. The sea relaxes our mental processes activating in our brains brighter, creative, clear and original ideas.
Vulcanic Stone – Fernando de Noronha archipelago. Atlantic Ocean – BR, 2013. 542km the distance from the Brazilian Litoral.
Healing Water – Fernando de Noronha is a volcanic archipelago about 350 kilometers off Brazil’s northeast coast. It’s named after its largest island, a protected national marine park and ecological sanctuary with a jagged coastline and diverse ecosystems. It’s renowned for its undeveloped beaches and for scuba diving and snorkeling. Sea turtles, rays, dolphins and reef sharks swim in its warm, clear waters.
Creative Nature – Tapajós River. Amazon – Pará, Brazil. 2017. The Tapajós is a river in Brazil. It runs through the Amazon Rainforest and is a major tributary of the Amazon River. When combined with the Juruena River, the Tapajós is approximately 1,200 mi long. It is one of the largest clearwater rivers, accounting for about 6% of the water in the Amazon basin.
VILMA VOLCANES, VENEZUELA
Up until 1940, minerals were mined and loaded onto ships here. Like an authentic open-air industrial museum, Cala Domestica, two kilometers south of Buggerru, still preserves the ruins of warehouses, deposits and tunnels dug by the miners. One of these to the right of the cala leads to a second, hidden, almost intimate cove known as La Caletta. The larger cove is a deep and stunning inlet, almost a fjord, with a wide, sheltered beach with soft, compact sand that ranges from white to amber and gold.
This place is a corner of paradise into connection with the elements of nature that man should not allow himself to lose.
This photograph was taken in Cala Domestica Beach, Sardinia, Italy.
The connection of man with nature is of body and soul. Tells the story, that this beach called Paraiso, in Villajoyosa, Alicante, Spain, the psychiatrist Jose Maria Esquerdo built a clinic between the mountains and the beach for the mentally ill, because he was convinced that the sea air and the mountain, the proximity with the natural environment, helped to calm the spirit, the mind and body of your patients. Paradise, a piece of air, earth, water … wonderful!
ALEXIS ALLEYNE-CAPUTO, BAHAMAS-USA
The two images belong to the project Afro Diaries that I have been presenting interdisciplinary elements of since 2012. Afro Diaries represents a diasporic collective body of work by, for and about women of color. The work is centered, compelling and offers a window into the landscape of miscarriages women endure. Whether addressing the critical issue of identity, cultural differences, social, political, and human rights issues, these and other concerns create conflict and inequality in society.
The present visual iteration establishes as a starting point, the environment of nature such as bird nests, as a foundational space, with the focal element of the egg as a symbol of life, as a representation of the creative power of light, as a symbol of resting values; values like the house, the nest, the shell or the breast of the mother. At the center are human femininity traits, i.e., robust, secure, positioned and in control of its importance as a being that gives life, provides ideas and stimulates its own growth to not only change its universe, but the environment it inhabits.
Nested: endurance, resistance strategies, an articulate silence and posture of confidence is all that is needed to become an unapologetic architect of my future. I can therefore build or occupy a nest, or engage in methodic nesting before my eggs (ideas) and intended movement is ready to be hatched.
Hatched: the element of time and other known and unknown variables dictate, or rather, prompt a readiness for exposure and an emergence from confinement. In this instance, Hatched represents a right and rite of passage from being restricted in one area, i.e., spaces, places, natural, man-made environments or in a community; a community of people and particularly black women, who contribute to horizontal and vertical forms of oppression against one another. This type of oppression creates a psychological scarring and incarceration manifesting as a cultural illness as a result of slavery. Under the right temperature with these added pressures, resistance is birthed, hence the term hatched.
IVONETE LEITE, BRAZIL
I have always been amazed by nature for its simple and organic shapes and how it integrates creating incredible patterns rich in textures, movements, lights and shadows.
Through this series entitled Elements I decided to capture that compositional harmony that are created from undulating lines and irregular volumes, which integrated with other elements of nature such as water, earth , stone and the light make up a gentle, melodic, unique and unrepeatable landscape, which for its beauty does not go unnoticed for the eye of a photographer.
I am what I see and the camera is the projection of my sensibilities.
MIGUEL SALAS, PUERTO RICO
I call South Florida my home, a state surrounded by sandy beaches and filled with miles of rivers of grass. What a great place to be for a photographer!
Back in 2017 I wanted to take my portrait photography to the next level. I wanted to do environmental portraits; I wanted to tell the story of the person who I was making the portrait of, and not just photographing just a body but rather to capture the essence of the person. Until I ran into J.L.McGee, an Environmental Biologist with international research experience, and a conservation leader that specialize on aquatic animals and ecosystem health.
We spent two days together hiking North Florida’s forest in search of a hiding spring. Finally, on our last spring I found the landscape; vibrant, fertile, and unique.
I wanted to see her, where she belongs, where she likes to be, in the water.
J.L.McGee is an advocate of the wildlife.
Metamorphosis is a photographic image that evokes protection and respect for wildlife.
It is an image that aims to locate man in the animal’s habitat to raise awareness of the importance of caring for the environment and wildlife as life fountain.
OZZY SAMPER, CUBA
Fire is an ancestral symbol in the history of man. Ancient civilizations worshiped it as a sacred element and in most cases it was represented in mythologies through divinities. In the Bible it is associated with the Holy Spirit, symbol of the pure and true love of the presence of God, instrument of his judgment and sign of his power. In most cultures there are rituals, legends, paintings, all kinds of writings and artistic representations alluding to fire.
Fire, a noble and voracious element present in nature, I represent as a symbol of learning in my profession as a painter (painful and fruitful teachings) and smoke as a freedom of expression assimilated.
In the book Genesis, God creates the life on Earth, creates the man and woman.
In Greek mythology, the twelve titans, powerful deities, were also associated with the creation of life in this world.
In ancient Chinese philosophy the world is a holistic and harmonious entity. According to its vision, no being or thing could exist unless it was seen in relation to the environment that surrounded it. By simplifying these relationships, they tried to explain the complex phenomenon of the universe.
In this work, I fused multiple interpretations about Creation collected through the history of man and I offer them to the public (as a bird’s vision perspective) to motivating the debate and stimulating in the public a new reading.
¡SOMOS VIDA! WE ARE LIFE!
Exhibition runs April 9, 2021 – June 30, 2019.
In April 2009, the UN General Assembly designated April 22 as International Mother Earth Day (resolution 63/278), recognizing that the Earth and its ecosystems is our home and highlighting the need to promote harmony with nature and the planet. In addition to alleviating overpopulation, pollution and making responsible use of natural resources.
Mother Earth is a common expression for the planet earth in a number of countries and regions, which reflects the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and the planet we all inhabit. Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 and now it
is celebrated annually in 192 countries.
For this occasion, Latin American Art Pavilion joins in the celebration of International Mother Earth Day with the art exhibition entitled We are life! ¡Somos Vida!
We are Life! ¡Somos Vida! Is an artistic proposal that comes together to celebrate the month of Mother Earth through the art of seventeen Ibero-American creators in the disciplines of painting, photography and sculpture. Nature and animal themes have been present throughout the history of art and once again, the contemporary artist is attracted to them, but in this instance from activism and the understanding of their symbiotic relationship. The artist addresses these issues from the awareness of their existence to provide first the contrast and then valid solutions that help maintain balance in ecological systems and care for the planet. Art rises from a voice committed to safeguarding Mother Earth.
The human through his own history has paid worship and respect and thanks to Mother Earth for good harvests and the provision of natural materials such as wood, mud, stone for the construction of buildings, furniture and home accessories to support their permanence in the planet.
Latin American Art Pavilion proposes a tribute to Mother Earth with artists from its platform through the exhibition Somos Vida / We are life to address issues such as:
- Misuse of natural resources
- Greater interrelation with nature
- No water pollution
- Protection and conservation of flora and fauna
- Control in the mechanization of agriculture
- Control of toxic gas emissions
Caribbean Art: Affinity & Contrast.
Exhibition runs May 9, 2019 – June 29, 2019.
While the cultures that converge in the Caribbean area are of multiple origins and forms of expressions.
January 30th, 2019 – MIRAMAR FL- Latin American Art Pavilion (LAAP) in cooperation with Miramar Cultural Center is proud to announce its next Art Exhibition, CARIBBEAN ART: Affinity & Contrast.
While the cultures that converge in the Caribbean area are of multiple origins and forms of expressions, they are also connected to each other. This interrelation (permeability of other cultures in the same territory), racial and idiomatic mixtures provoke changes in the base of original cultures and create a way of saying and doing that unifies them, giving rise to the birth of Caribbean culture, rich, varied, colorful, authentic and peculiar.
The exhibition will feature emerging contemporary artist from various islands of the Caribbean. Opening night will feature a dance performance by the Haitian dance group NSL Danse Ensemble, and an art tour performed by some of the participating artists.
“By holding this event with our valued partners at Miramar Cultural Center we hope to highlight all the talent that exists within the Caribbean archipelago , leading to a stronger representation of that region within the visual arts,” explained LAAP founder and director Maria Napoles.
Patrons will also have special engagements to interact with the artists as well as other performing acts. Such as a May 25th meet and greet, with West Indies Variety artist Majah Hype, who is currently touring in support of his musical comedy, “Are You Dumb?” Majah Hype will be performing his act that night and tickets will be available for purchase at the box office, or online.
With special hours on the following dates:
May 9th (Opening Night) 6 pm – 8:30 pm
May 25th (Meet and Greet with Majah Hype) 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
May 31st (Art talk with artists, curators, and journalist)
Documenta II: Religiosity and Civilization
Exhibition runs October 26, 2018 – January 4, 2019.
Religiosity responds to the religious activity, devotion and belief of each person. It is the inner reflection that each believer offers about what he venerates in a spiritual way.
Documenta, an annual exhibition that Latin American Art Pavilion has created as a social message through the visual arts. This year 2018 the theme has been “Religiosity & Civilization”.
LAAP to address this broad and complicated issue that affects social life, the philosophical world and the religious aspect of the human being has focused on different religious expressions through the artist’s vision of contemporary visual arts. For this, photographers and their record of different religious scenes and the interpretation of the painters have been gathered. The result is a great mosaic of faith that although its rituals are specific to each of the religious beliefs, they all point towards the same goal: the worldview of the world through the different human communities that create the varied cultures and that condition and define the social and philosophical development of the individual.
LAAP Art Curator
Exhibition runs October 26, 2018 – January 4, 2019.
Luis Castañeda had the privilege of photographing the emblematic figures of the National Ballet of Cuba in the staging of world classical ballets such as El Lago de los Cisnes, Gisell, Carmen, Spanish classics such as La Casa de Bernarda Alba and Cuban classics such as Cecilia Valdés . Alicia Alonso, Josefina Mendez, Aurora Bosch, Marta Garcia, Loipa Araújo, Dania Tristá, Orlando Salgado and foreign ballerinas such as Maya Plisetskaia are part of this photographic collection from the second half of the 60s and the 70s of the Cuban National Ballet . This collection is also made up of dancers like Sonia Calero in El Guije. Rumbera, dancer and choreographer, recognized throughout the world as one of the best dancers of her time, and in turn the best exponent of Cuban dances of the world famous dancer and choreographer, her late husband Alberto Alonso. The Master Fernando Alonso (1914-2013), co-founder of the National Ballet of Cuba and director of the famous Camaguey Ballet, teacher, dancer, ex-partner of Alicia Alonso is part of this impressive photographic collection, unpublished until today, 2018, with a limited edition of 5 copies and its certificate of authenticity.
Coblan Art Space
Exhibition runs October 25, 2018 – December 20, 2018.
The idea of combining industrial design and visual arts as a response to a modern, comfortable lifestyle.
With this objective, LAAP and Coblan have created a common meeting space between visual artists belonging to the Latin American art platform of LAAP and the refined and sophisticated Italian design of kitchens and bathrooms represented by this Venezuelan firm located in the area of Doral, Florida.
Exhibition runs September 6, 2018 – September 14, 2018.
Language is a codified sign system that allows man to communicate, think, preserve, express and transmit ideas and knowledge. Although cultures are the heritage of humanity, they are the product of existence of language. In addition, language is culture itself because it founds the community on which all human culture is built, that is, language, or more specifically, the language shared by a community becomes a precondition for culture. Therefore, wherever we find cultural works we will find the language of the group of speakers as a prior condition.
On the other hand, culture is what allows society to be built, to define the conditions of coexistence, codes of recognition and identity providing the organization between all individuals. Hence, the culture developed by a specific community has differentiating characteristics and its own identity to other social groups, even if they have been or are developing in the same period of time and / or address the same topic. This allows us to say that the way in which a phenomenon is interpreted translates differently in each region and culture of the planet.
Starting from this approach, the art curator Anaibis Yero of Latin American Art Pavilion propose an exhibition entitled Language Autonomy as a cultural expression.
Eight artists from four Latin American countries express through their artistic language their own realities. Luis Daniel Pedroza-Roldan, Colombia finds current social codes to transmit his answering message; Cristina Portocarreo, Peru, is interested in the generational transmission of losses, mutations and incorporations of new information that improves the DNA code in the new generations. Maricarmen Fernandez, Cuba, and Gabriel Juarez concerned about the evolution of the human species from its prehistoric beginnings to identify more with a biological vision of culture; Patricia Meier, Ecuador, attracted to decoding cultural symbols of other human stages to contextualize them, experienced and reinterpret from a cultural anthropological perspective; Beatriz Sala Santacana, Teo Beceiro, and Guillermo Portieles, Cuba, from a sociological and philosophical cultural perspective, are more focused on the stimuli of the environment that forge the socialization of man and the creative production of it. That allows the environment that surrounds it to be transformed and in turn, this modifies it.