Exhibition: “Viajeros” [Travelers]

This month Casa Cortés inaugurated “Viajeros” [Travelers], an exhibition that opens up the local artistic “panorama,” by matching up artists from Puerto Rico with their Argentine counterparts.  The exhibition, which opened on December 21, 2009, and ends on February 10, 2010, is on view at Casa Cortés, located at 210 San Francisco Street in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.

“Viajeros,” curated by Marina Reyes Franco, gathers 5 artists from Argentina—Itamar Hartavi, Ramiro Oller, Nicolás Ozuna, Mario Scorzelli, and Valeria Vilar—and 4 from Puerto Rico—Radamés Figueroa (Juni), Anaís Melero Pinette, Fernando Pintado, and Chaveli Sifre Riestra.

This exhibition arises not only from a desire to establish a cultural exchange between Argentina and Puerto Rico, but also to see that certain affinities and interests that unite these artists are brought to the fore. The participating Argentine artists have never gone to Puerto Rico but their works can travel for them. San Juan and Buenos Aires, both port cities, although facing different coasts, are not so different.   The intention is to produce “portable” sampling of works that will embark on the voyage that these artists are not yet taking. This show underlines issues such as the prohibitive cost of the trip that cannot be performed and the colonial framework in which the entry and exit of passengers through Luis Muñoz Marín airport little depends on the government of Puerto Rico, but rather U.S. Customs. Thus, the work is doing what artists cannot do –travel. “Viajeros” refers to travel, real or imagined. It considers two thematic axes—landscapes and exotic characters that artists encounter and memories of trip already taken in the past. These artists seek to appropriate and tame the exotic.

The exhibition is on view Tuesdays from 2pm to 6pm, Thursdays from 11am to 2pm, Saturdays from 11am to 6pm, Sundays from 11am to 6pm. It will be closed on December 31, 2009. You may also arrange other viewing times by contacting Marina Reyes Franco at (787) 960-5351 or marinaorangina@gmail.com.

For more information, see http://viajerospr.wordpress.com/

Poster featured here by Lorraine Rodríguez.

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