Artists / Critics

Irvin Aguilar

Mexico/Aruba

lrvin Aguilar / 4EWFA (Born 1992, Puebla, Mexico) graduated from the Institute of Visual Arts of the State of Puebla with a degree in Fine Arts (2011-2016).

Identity; mystical narratives; stories of the past and present that forge our future day by day; the mask of truth that questions us about our own ephemeral reality; these are the subjects Irvin Aguilar’s work questions, to which the viewer relates by reflection and dialogue.

Influenced by Baroque city architecture and volcanic landscapes, Aguilar’s core inspiration comes from a nexus with nature, which reveals itself in each piece he creates.

In the beginning of Aguilar’s career, the concepts of dot, line and graphic symbols manifested in print through his handmade stickers and posters, serving as his entry point into urban art. Today, he continues to professionalize his craft as a printmaker and artist by experimenting in new outputs concurrently to problematize his creative process.

His work has been exhibited in several cities of Mexico such as Puebla, Oaxaca, Mexico City, Guanajuato, Michoacan, Tlaxcala as well as abroad in countries like Aruba and Spain. It is part of the workshop and gallery COOPERATIVE AVE, in the city of Puebla. Aguilar is currently working on projects for reintegrating social fabric through art with Stichting RANCHO in Oranjestad, Aruba in collaboration with ARTFAMA Studio & Project Space in Aruba.

 

Franz Caba

Dominican Republic

Franz Caba (Born 1991, Santo Domingo) is an architect and self-taught artist, born and raised in the Dominican Republic. Since he was little, he found in art a safe place for self expression and a tool to understand his world and the others. While Studying Architecture at Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, Caba continued developing his artistic interests, constantly drawing in notebooks and looking for a visual language of his own.

Paper, inks, pencils or paints; for him everything is valid to narrate stories about the human condition, identity and belonging, these being the leading threads of his work. In his own words: ¨I use my work to understand myself and to connect with others, to find a merge point between my experience as a person and the viewer.¨

 

Kriston Chen

Trinidad & Tobago

Kriston Chen is a freelance graphic designer who makes books and websites in Trinidad and Tobago. He runs a risograph print and design workspace called Toof Press. He graduated in 2010 from Parsons The New School of Design in New York with an Associates degree in Applied Graphic Design. He also holds a Masters in Public Health from Tulane University in New Orleans. His work has been published and mentioned in ARC Magazine, Small Axe Journal, Caribbean Beat, Draconian Switch, and Caribbean Review of Books. He is also the co-founder/director of Sticks In De Yard, a stilt-walking/moko jumbie project in Trinidad and Tobago, and also Douen Islands, a digital publishing and performance project exploring new ways of reading in the Caribbean.

 

Sharelly Emanuelson

Curaçao

Sharelly Emanuelson (Born 1986, Curacao) is a filmmaker based in the Dutch Caribbean. She acquired her B.A. in Audiovisual Media from the School of Arts, Utrecht, followed by a M.A. in Artistic Research at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague. In addition to her films, Emanuelson creates video installations where she engages in the documentation and representation of the many perspectives and experiences of the Caribbean region. She also founded “Uniarte”, a non-profit, artists led organization on Curacao and The Netherlands that works to contribute to a fertile and sustainable environment for art to flourish in a contemporary Caribbean context.

 

Gwladys Gambie

Martinique

Gwladys Gambie (Born 1988, Martinique) lives and works in Fort-de-France, Martinique. She graduated from Campus Caraibéen des Arts of Martinique in 2014. She has shown her artwork in collective shows and in a solo show Pwézi kô, Poesia del cuerpo at the Centro provinvial de artes plasticas de Santiago de Cuba (2017), and is currently finishing her residency «Création en cours» in Guadeloupe with the Ateliers Médicis.

Gambie’s work questions the condition of black women through her drawing practice. She is inspired by nature in the Caribbean which she combines with the imaginary, and adds an oneiric dimension with her graphic writing. Creole, strong visual language becomes a main element in creating a specific iconography within her work about the black body. She invented the figure of Manman chadwon, inspired of Manman Dlo, the goddess of oceans in Afro Caribbean culture. For Gambie, Manman chadwon is a personal mythology. She is an erotic, black deity, with a powerful body. Manman Chadwon is the representation of the black woman in her beauty, her complexity and her strangeness. This is a decolonial questioning about the black female body.

 

Adam Patterson

Barbados

Adam Patterson is a Barbadian visual artist and writer based in Barbados and the Netherlands. He completed his BA (Hons) Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, London, in 2017. His work emerges from imagining strategies of resistance in the face of neo-colonial encounters and desires that affect Barbados and the Caribbean region. His work has been exhibited at Tate Exchange at Tate Modern, London and he participated in “Sonic Soundings / Venice Trajectories,” a sound art project coordinated with the Diaspora Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale. He has contributed to panel presentations at the “Caribbean Diasporic Dialogues” conferences at Goldsmiths University and the British Library. He has written for Fresh Milk, ARC Magazine and Sugarcane Magazine.

 

Velvet Zoe Ramos

Aruba

Velvet Zoe Ramos (Born 1988, Tulsa Oklahoma, USA) spent her childhood on the Caribbean island of Aruba where she currently works and lives. She graduated in 2011 with a BA Honours in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, London, UK. Ramos has been involved in a number of exhibitions as well as site-specific and community projects.

She has coordinated and participated in Translucent moon III with Muchi Mondi, an art-collective of artists and creatives presenting expressive narratives with site-specific art interventions & exhibitions within Aruba’s abandoned structures.

She is currently developing ArtFama studio/project space with art collaborations, workshops, performance, installations and experimental art sketch/scratch nights with local and international creatives. She has participated in Arquetopia, Printmaking Art residency, Puebla, Mexico. 

Ramos has an interdisciplinary practice which includes performance-related and sculptural installations as well as printmaking and wearable art.

 

Averia Wright

The Bahamas

Averia Wright (Born 1987, Nassau, The Bahamas) is an interdisciplinary artist known for her sculpture and ceramic artworks.  Wright graduated from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio with a Masters of Fine Art in Sculpture and Expanded practice and a BFA from the University of Tampa, Florida.

Upon graduating from UT in 2009, Wright worked at Doongalik Studios Art Gallery as a curatorial assistant under the expert guidance of cultural activist Pamela Burnside and the late artist/architect Jackson Burnside.  In 2011, Wright moved to The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas on the curatorial team and left in 2015 in the position of assistant curator and registrar to pursue her masters.

Inspired by folklore and Bahamian history, Wright’s previous sculptures draw from tribal imagery and organic forms.  Familiar forms resemble local flora and fauna, deep sea creatures and dancing bodies, but they do not fully reveal themselves; always becoming, but never being.  Wright’s current practice delves into a criticism of the geopolitical nature of the Bahamas and other countries in the region using her upbringing through the straw market industry.

Wright participated in the Transforming Spaces 2010 Art Tour in a collaborative show with Toby Lunn at Doongalik Studios Art Gallery entitled Earth to Flight.  She has since participated in numerous other Transforming Spaces exhibitions. In 2013, she had her first solo exhibition in the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (Project Space Gallery) titled Explosure. She has also participated in group exhibitions in the Ohio area.

Wright co-curated alongside Ashley Knowles, the Bahamian Domestic in the Permanent Exhibition of the NAGB. More recently she co-curated the From Columbus to Junkanoo exhibition with Jodi Minnis for the Bahamian delegation that traveled to Santiago de Cuba for the Fiesta del Fuego 2015. The exhibition was then shown at the NAGB and is now a published catalogue From Columbus to Junkanoo: An overview of Bahamian History through Art.

In 2015, she was awarded the Harry C. Moore Scholarship for the Arts from the Lyford Cay Foundation.

 

Raily Yance

Venezuela

En Espanol:

Raily Yance es Licenciado en Artes Plásticas en la Universidad del Zulia desde el 2017. En 2017 participó junto a Christian Vinck y Juan Pablo Garza en la exposición Días ejemplares/recordando la causa de H.R en Santiago Chile. De 2013 a 2015, junto a Fabio Bonfanti conformó  el dúo Yance-Bonfanti con el cual Participaron en exposiciones colectivas en Venezuela y recibieron premios como Premio Eugenio Mendoza (2015) y PIVO (2014). En el 2016 Yance ha recibido los premios Premio Regional en el XII Salón de Jóvenes Artistas del Zulia (2016), Premio Otro de Jóvenes Con FIA en Maczul (2016) y también crea el espacio de arte independiente Consul Toría-Rota en un cuarto de su residencia en Maracaibo. El artista lo define como una escultura-espacio en constante formación donde instala pequeñas exposiciones en colaboración con otros artistas. A principios del 2018 ha realizado una muestra individual en el Maczul titulada  “40 pájaros o la seducción de la moraleja o el titulo tentativo.”

In English:

Raily Yance obtained his degree in Visual Arts from the University of Zulia, Venezuela in 2017. In 2017, he participated in the exhibition Días ejemplares/recordando la causa de H.R with Christian Vinck and Juan Pablo Garza in Santiago, Chile. From 2013 to 2015, along with fellow artist Fabio Bonfanti, he formed the duo Yance-Bonfanti with which he participated in group exhibitions in Venezuela and received awards such as the Eugenio Mendoza Prize (2015) and PIVO (2014). In 2016, Yance received the Regional Prize in the XII Salón de Jóvenes Artistas del Zulia (2016), Premio Otro de Jóvenes Con FIA en Maczul (2016) and also founded the independent art space Consul Toría-Rota in his place of residence in Maracaibo. The artist describes this as a sculpture-space which is constantly being shaped in collaboration with other artists, where he installs small exhibitions. In March 2018,  he had a solo show at El Museo de Arte Contemporáneo del Zulia (Maczul) titled 40 pájaros o la seducción de la moraleja o el titulo tentativo.

 


Curators/critics

Marina Reyes Franco

Puerto Rico

Photo credit: Victoria Tomaschko

Marina Reyes Franco (b. 1984) is an independent curator living and thinking from San Juan, Puerto Rico. She received a BA in Art History from the University of Puerto Rico and a MA in Argentine and Latin American Art History at IDAES-UNSAM in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her master’s thesis expanded the notion of politically motivated art and literature in 1970’s Puerto Rico, as evidenced by gestures, performances and publications that have had an unrecognized yet lasting impact up to the 2004 San Juan Poly/Graphic Triennial. She is co-founder and former director of La Ene, a museum-as-project in Buenos Aires. Recent curatorial projects include: “Watch your step / Mind your head” ifa Galerie-Berlin; co-curating The “2nd Grand Tropical Biennial”; in Loíza, Puerto Rico; “Calibán,” a selection of Puerto Rican contemporary artists at the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Juan (2014) and co-curating “Sucursal,” an exhibition of the collection of La Ene, at the Museum of Latin American Art in Buenos Aires. As curator and researcher, she has focused on the work of Esteban Valdés, artistic and literary manifestations on the frontier of political action, new museology, and the impact of tourism in cultural production in the Caribbean. She received the 2017 CPPC Travel Award for Central America and the Caribbean, and was nominated for ICI’s 2014 Independent Vision Curatorial Award.

 

Miguel Lopez

Peru/Costa Rica

Photo credit: Daniela Morales L.

Miguel A. López (Lima, 1983) is a writer, researcher, and co-Director and chief Curator of TEOR/éTica in San José, Costa Rica. His work investigates collaborative dynamics and feminist re-articulations of art and culture in recent decades. He has published in periodicals such as Afterall, ramona, E-flux Journal, Art in America, Art Journal, Manifesta Journal, Journal of Visual Culture, among others. He has recently curated “The Words of Others: León Ferrari and Rhetoric in Times of War” (with Ruth Estévez and Agustín Díez Fischer), REDCAT, Los Angeles, and PAMM, Miami, 2017-2018; “Balance and Collapse. Patricia Belli, Works 1986-2016” at TEOR/éTica, San José, Fundación Ortiz Gurdián, Managua, and Fundación Paiz, Guatemala, 2016-2017; “Teresa Burga. Structures of Air” (with Agustín Pérez Rubio) at the MALBA, Buenos Aires, 2015; and the project “God is Queer” for the 31th Bienal de São Paulo (2014). His recent books includes Robar la historia. Contrarrelatos y prácticas artísticas de oposición (Metales Pesados, 2017) and Agítese antes de usar. Desplazamientos sociales, artísticos y educativos (with Renata Cervetto, TEOR/éTica and MALBA, 2016; in Portugueses published SESC, 2018). In 2016 he was recipient of the Independent Vision Curatorial Award from ICI, New York.

 

Alex Martinez Suarez

Dominican Republic

Alex Martínez Suárez is a Dominican architect, researcher and educator. He holds a Master in Advanced Architecture from Berlage Institute, The Netherlands, and a Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies at Harvard University, USA. He is also alumni from the curatorial studies program Curando Caribe. He is an active member of DoCoMoMo Dominicano, Erwin Walter Palm Foundation and ICOM. His work has been published extensively and is presently a columnist and member of the Editorial Board of Arquitexto Magazine while collaborating in other editorial projects.

Along with his independent curatorial practice, he is currently general coordinator and museographer at the Museo Fernando Peña Defilló, a private museum in Santo Domingo. He has curated several exhibitions on the subject of modernism and in 2014 he was co-editor of the book “Architecture in the path of the Sun: Understanding Dominican Modernity”, published for the 2014 Architecture Venice Biennale. Since 2009 he is an adjunct professor at the School of Architecture of the Universidad Iberoamericana – UNIBE and since 2016 an International Academic Leader at Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey, México.

He has taught and lectured at Universidad Piloto de Colombia (Bogotá), Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico (Ponce), the AA Haiti Visitng School (Port-au-Prince) and Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña (Santo Domingo). He has been awarded with several research prizes, scholarships and grants, recently receiving the 2018 National Youth Award of the Dominican Republic (​​Cultural Development field). He is principal of Archipiélago, an interdisciplinary and collaborative platform focused in Architecture, Academia, and Art & Cultural Management.