On Saturday, October 27, 2018, at 6:00pm, at the Museum of the Ponce Massacre [Museo de la Masacre de Ponce] will host the opening of the art exhibition “Los Albizus—Banderas mixtas” [The Albizus – Mixed Flags]. This opening is also an artistic gathering, celebrating the life and works of artist, poet, educator, and former political prisoner Elizam Escobar, in his hometown. The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, will be on view until January 13, 2019. The exhibition catalog and publications by Escobar will be available for sale at the museum, which is located on Marina Street, at the corner of Aurora Street in the Historic Zone, Ponce, Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico Art News reports:
The cultural event will begin with the inauguration of the exhibition Los Albizus: Banderas mixtas, a selection of works created by Elizam Escobar in prison and the launch of the eponymous catalog made with the collaboration of poet and editor Che Melendes. The evening culminates with music by talented artists such as Roy Brown, Antonio Cabán Vale “El Topo,” Tato Santiago, Grupo Mapeyé, Francisco Quiñones, and Karla Sohé.
“The Albizus” centers on the figure of Pedro Albizu Campos, Puerto Rican independence leader of the twentieth century, portraying the figure of Albizu in different circumstances and historical moments. One may also observe a metamorphosis and melding with other historical figures such as Emiliano Zapata, Antonio Valero (a Puerto Rican from Fajardo who was a general in Simón Bolívar’s army), Ernesto “Che” Guevara, Nicaraguan general Augusto César Sandino, and others.
“Banderas mixtas” show versions of the flags of the United States and Puerto Rico, maps of the island, and shooting targets, which—through painting and mixed media—establish links to the trajectory of political relations between the United States and Puerto Rico: the colonialism and imperialism that have lasted for more than a century.
For tours, please contact the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture [Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña] at 787-290-1530.
Excerpts translated by Ivette Romero. For more information (in Spanish), see https://www.puertoricoartnews.com/2018/10/exhibicion-de-elizam-escobar-en-el.html