On Art, Politics and Athletics: Javier Bosques & Norma Vila Rivero at METRO

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

Javier Bosques. Nueve Policías, 48” x 56”, 35mm photo in digitial C-Print

What is gained by the aesthetization of crime, politics and/or activism? In Puerto Rico, just as in many other countries around the world, many visual artists are preoccupied with the political issues at hand; not in an utopic attempt to find solutions to the problems, but rather to use art as a mirror in which, hopefully, we can see ourselves, each other and our surroundings. For Puerto Ricans, crime and politics are without a doubt an inescapable reality of everyday life. In his seminal essay on the continuous conundrum of Puerto Rican identity published in 1934 titled Insularismo, Antonio S. Pedreira  eloquently states that “since we breathe politics and live politics… we have developed an electoral attitude to measure things”[1] More than 75 years later not much has changed.[...]

The Dialectic City: Document | Context at Laboratorio de Artes Binarios

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Hey there! Below you can find the catalogue essay for the exhibition The Dialectic City: Document | Context that closed last November at Laboratorio de Artes Binarios. Enjoy! -Carla Acevedo-Yates “To capture a city in an image means following its movement.” Nicolas Bourriaud, The Radicant The city is comprised of colliding elements; conflicting mechanisms that through [...]

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