Social Calendar Events in and about the Caribbean arts and culture scene.

2017
Fri 19

Exhibition: Beatriz González: A Retrospective

The first large-scale American retrospective of this Bogotá-based artist’s oeuvre. At 81, González is not only an internationally celebrated Colombian artist but also one of the few extant representatives of the so-called “radical women” generation from Latin America.

Despite the fact that it spans over six decades of intensive research, her groundbreaking production is, for the most part, unfamiliar to audiences in the United States. One of the most comprehensive displays of the artist’s work to date, this retrospective seeks to remedy this lag by presenting approximately 150 works, with examples from the early 1960s through the present, all of which embody the full scope of González’s career.

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Wed 27

Exhibition: Useless: Machines for Dreaming, Thinking and Seeing

As a reaction to our current times focused on utilitarianism and profit, Useless: Machines for Dreaming, Thinking and Seeing presents a selection of curious machines created by artists with the goal of stirring dreams, feelings, critical thinking, and ironies; for seeing what microscopes, telescopes and cartographies cannot show; for flying without taking-off; in short, for doing the impossible. Organized by Gerardo Mosquera.

Participating artists include Jairo Alfonso, Wim Delvoye, Juan Downey, Peter Fischli & David Weiss, Algis Griskevicius, Shih Chieh Huang, José Iraola, William Kentridge, Chico MacMurtrie, Stefana McClure, Arnaldo Morales, Roxy Paine, Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Shyu Ruey-Shiann, Adriana Salazar, Johanna Unzueta, and Simón Vega.

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Thu 23

Conference: The Sea is History: Discourses on the Poetics of Relation

The conference and exhibition reflects on the sea and its influences on migration as a fluid, open-ended, and unresolved cultural discourse, particularly in terms of the struggle to address social inequality.

Sea currents, like humans, move back and forth connecting countries and continents, through time and history. Likewise, migration and displacement are not limited to a single geographic region or historical era. These recurring themes in the exhibition relate to a timeframe that begins begins with the trade of enslaved people from Africa and continues until today. As a symbol for movement and flows, the sea is where the world’s intertwined stories and overlapping histories unfold.

Curated and organized by Selene Wendt.

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Fri 26

Exhibition: Colored People Time: Quotidian Pasts

Quotidian Pasts, the second chapter in the three-part exhibition series Colored People Time, reconsiders the trafficking of blackness through the colonial practices of collecting, commodifying, and exhibiting people and objects from the African continent. This exhibition will be accompanied by a series of dialogues addressing these issues.

This exhibition, produced in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, turns its lens toward early-twentieth-century anthropological displays. The long history of the exploitation of both African people and their cultures is told through the configuration of a few small objects—a photograph, a journal entry, a letter. Featuring a newly commissioned work by the artist Matthew Angelo Harrison, Quotidian Pasts questions: What confers authenticity? How does an object change when dislocated from its time and place within the context of the museum?

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Fri 26

Exhibition: Pictural

Pictural — at opposite poles of a retrospective or an exhaustive panorama of Martinican painting. Brings together artists who question the act of painting, highlighting visual artists who try to conquer new territories of painting, those who explore it, and those who experiment with it: trying new tools, new pigments, new gestures, new insertion in space, mixed techniques.

The participating artists in Pictural are Victor Anicet, Alain Aumis, Christian Bertin, Julie Bessard, Ernest Breleur, Fabienne Cabord, Michael Caruge, Claude Cauquil, Thierry Cauwet, Hector Charpentier, Chantal Charron, Alain Dumbardon, Fred Eucharis, Jacqueline Fabien, Marie Gautier, Rodrigue Glombard, Habdaphai, Serge Helenon, Thierry Jarrin, Valérie John, René Louise, Louisa Marajo, Raymond Medelice, Christophe Mert, Monique Mirabel, Mounia Orosmane, Kareine Narcisse, Bertin Nivor, Ricardo Ozier-Lafontaine, Luz Severino, Karine Taïlamé, Laurent Valère, Dora Vital, and Wolfric.

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Mon 01

Ebony G. Patterson: …for those who are denied…

The inaugural visual artist for the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art’s new residency program, Patterson addresses public, grassroots memorials for otherwise unacknowledged victims of violence, as well as the denial of innocence experienced by these victims, who are oftentimes persons of Color. Working with the museum’s horticulture team, Patterson explores ideas around visibility, dystopia, and notions of innocence.

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Thu 23

Exhibition: Luchita Hurtado

Perhaps best known for her canvases offering disorienting and dizzying perspectives on the female body, this exhibition will be the artist’s first institutional solo exhibition, connecting her historic work with recent pieces.

Hurtado was born in Caracas, Venezuela, moved to New York as a child, and befriended leading members of the international avant-garde circles of the late 1930s and ’40s, including Man Ray, Isamu Noguchi, and Wifredo Lam. She later moved to Mexico City, San Francisco, and Taos, New Mexico, before settling in Los Angeles in 1951. Her practice has long been interested in the ways humans relate to the nature that is all around us and the cosmos, a through-line that intensified after seeing early images of planet Earth from space in 1946.

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Fri 17

Whitney Biennial 2019

This major event, occurring every two years in New York and with a keen pulse on the global arts community and contemporary trends and sociopolitical situations, will feature 75 artists and collectives for 2019. Participation from the Caribbean and its cultural Diaspora is strong this edition, including artists Eddie Arroyo (Cuban-American), Sofía Gallisá Muriente (Puerto Rican); Simone Leigh (Jamaican-American); Daniel Lind-Ramos (African-Puerto Rican); Las Nietas de Nonó (African-Puerto Rican); nibia pastrana santiago (Puerto Rican); and Gala Porras-Kim (Colombian). Curated by Rujeko Hockley and Jane Panetta.

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Thu 16

Exhibition: Paulo Nazareth

Nazareth works in various mediums, often focusing on histories of communities, particularly indigenous, black, and Afro-Latinx ones; showcasing how these groups have intersected with colonialism, genocide, and civil-rights activism.

For his first solo exhibition at an American institution, Nazareth will present recent work, including a project where he visited various sites of the Underground Railroad, alongside new drawings that look at segregation in the United States.

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Sat 11

The 58th Venice Biennale

Featured participation from the Caribbean and its cultural Diaspora includes:
Antigua & Barbuda – curated by Barbara Paca and Nina Khrushcheva, featuring artists Timothy Payne, Sir Gerald Price, Joseph Seton, and Frank Walter
Venue: Centro Culturale Don Orione Artigianelli

Cuba – curated by Margarita Sanchez Prieto, featuring artists Alejandro Campins, Alex Hérnandez, Ariamna Contino, and Eugenio Tibaldi
Venue: Isola di San Servolo

Dominican Republic – curated by Marianne de Tolentino, Simone Pieralice, and Giovanni Verza, featuring artists Dario Oleaga, Ezequiel Taveras, Hulda Guzmán, Julio Valdez, Miguel Ramirez, Rita Bertrecchi, Nicola Pica, and Marraffa & Casciotti
Venue: Palazzo Albrizzi Capello

Grenada – curated by Daniele Radini Tedeschi and Susan Mains, featuring artists Amy Cannestra, Billy Gerard Frank, Dave Lewis, and Shervone Neckles,
Venue: Palazzo Albrizzi Capello

Haiti – curated by Giscard Bouchotte, featuring artist Jean Ulrick Désert
Venue: Circolo Ufficiali Marina

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Wed 08

Exhibition: Coffee, Rhum, Sugar & Gold; A Postcolonial Paradox

This group exhibition looks at the legacy of European colonialism in the Caribbean through the work of 10 contemporary artists. Whether connected to the Caribbean by birth or focused on the region by choice, the exhibiting artists use their work as a means of examining the relationship between the power structure, those who are controlled by it, those who benefit from it, and those who actively seek to liberate themselves from it. Curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah and Dexter Wimberly.

The exhibition title is inspired by some of the core products that have historically been produced in, and exported from the Caribbean to the rest of the world – with a focus on Europe. Coffee, Rhum, Sugar & Gold remain highly valuable commodities and commercially important goods. However, because of their ubiquity, and the passage of time, these items have lost much of their historical gravity and visibility as key drivers of European colonialism. Featuring artists Firelei Báez, Leonardo Benzant, Andrea Chung, Lavar Munroe, Angel Otero, Phillip Thomas, Lucia Hierro, Adler Guerrier, Ebony G. Patterson, and Didier William.

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Fri 03

12°N61°W Grenadian Film Festival

With this first and annual Film Festival, the 1261GFF aims to foster a thriving, supporting, entertaining culture of film in Grenada, motivating regional and international independent filmmakers and industry professionals to participate while embracing Grenadian culture.

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Thu 02

Exhibition: Tessa Whitehead: “…there are always two deaths.”

The NAGB presents the interdisciplinary Bahamian artist’s first solo institutional show. The exhibition tracks Whitehead’s observations of the landscape, everyday life, and the inner working of nature in conjunction with the sacred feminine.

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Thu 02

Exhibition: Chan Pratt: Resurrection

The NAGB brings to life a collection of over 110 works from the master Bahamian artist, celebrating posthumously his life, works, and creativity with this expansive solo retrospective.

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Wed 01

Exhibition: Diálogos: Celebrating Latinx and Latin Art in the Global Art World

Celebrating El Museo del Barrio’s 50th anniversary, this themed section at Frieze New York focuses on art by contemporary Latinx and Latin American artists. Featuring 13 solo presentations by both established and emerging artists, all who have played a significant role in El Museo’s history and who represent the next generation of cultural leaders. Including works from Marta Chilindron, Ken Gonzales-Day, Ana Mendieta, and Chemi Rosado-Seijo among others. Organized by Patrick Charpenel and Susanna V. Tempkin.

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Wed 08

Caribbean Art Salon: The Caribbean in Venice: Connecting South

Caribbean Art Initiative hosts its first Talks Program, coinciding with the opening of the 58th Venice Biennale. Curated by Giscard Bouchotte and entitled “The Caribbean in Venice: Connecting South”, the salon focuses on the Caribbean representation within this meeting point of historically Western European arts. As capacity is limited for the salon, RSVP is required to attend.

Panel 1 – The Caribbean in Venice: Beyond the Oceans
Featuring Marianne de Tolentino, Jean Ulrick Désert, Susan Mains, and Billy Gerard Frank. Moderated by Giscard Bouchotte.

Panel 2 – Decolonize the Connections Between the Islands
Featuring Jean Ulrick Désert, Caryl Ivrisse Crochemar, Barbara Paca and Blue Curry. Moderated by Cristina Sanchez Kozyreva.

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Fri 01

Triennale di Milano: Arte e Rivoluzione – Las Escuelas de Arte, La Habana

The Cuba pavilion presents the National Art Schools of La Habana, an icon of the Cuban revolution’s architecture and a unique example of the artistic discipline’s instruction. Produced by Norma Rodriguez Derivet.

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Thu 11

Exhibition: Fernanda Gomes

Since the 1980’s, Fernanda Gomes has channeled the constructivist sense of form and play prominent in her homeland, coupled with a haunted sense of loss or uncertainty. Wood from old furniture, along with commonplace materials like glass, paper, hair, or cigarette butts, appear monumental in 2D and 3D works that recall Arte Povera and Brazilian Constructivism.

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Fri 26

Exhibition: Deborah Anzinger: An Unlikely Birth

The debut U.S. institutional solo exhibition of the Jamaican artist, An Unlikely Birth gathers Deborah Anziger’s interdisciplinary prowess into Black feminist thought, geography, and space. The exhibition explores a variety of issues facing civilization most urgently, including the environment, economy, and human rights, and will be accompanied by a catalogue. Curated by Daniella Rose King.

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Wed 13

Exhibition: Nari Ward: We the People

The first New York solo institutional survey for Nari Ward, whose interdisciplinary approach and sculptural emphasis reflects the folk traditions and creative recycling methodology of his Jamaican homeland, coupled with the material textures of Harlem, where Ward has lived and worked for the past 25 years. The artist’s public participatory work, Naturalization Drawing Table, will be activated for periods of time throughout the exhibition’s run, on April 13, April 26, May 11, and May 24. Curated by Gary Carrion-Murayari and Massimiliano Gioni.

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Sat 12

Exhibition: La Huella Múltiple | The Multiple Print

A collaborative project developed in 1996 by artists Sandra RamosBelkis AyónAbel Barroso, and Ibrahim Miranda, and institutional collaborators, La Huella Múltiple aims to gather the best graphic works produced by established and emerging Cuban artists. 

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Tue 23

Exhibition: PÒTOPRENS: The Urban Artists of Port-au-Prince

In conjunction with Haitian Heritage Month, this exhibition features over 20 artists working in the Haitian capital, highlighting diverse centers of cultural production, informal street life, religious heritage, and mythologies to create a compelling portrait of a historically significant, polyphonic city of change and growth.  Curated by Edouard Duval-Carrié and Leah Gordon.

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Fri 01

Exhibition: Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago

The exhibition proposes an “archipelagic model” — defining the Caribbean from the perspective of its archipelago of islands, as distinct from the continental experience—to study issues around race, history, the legacy of colonialism, and the environment. Relational Undercurrents emphasizes thematic continuities of art made throughout the archipelago and its diasporas, challenging conventional geographic and conceptual boundaries of Latin America.  Curated by Jaime DeSimone for PMA; Organized by the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), Long Beach, California, a project of the Getty Foundation’s PST:LA/LA Initiative.

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Tue 23

Exhibition: Le Discours antillais d’Édouard Glissant: Traces et paysages| Édouard Glissant’s Caribbean Discourse: Traces and Landscapes

The International Center for Studies on Édouard Glissant and the Institut du Tout-Monde hosts its first international colloquium of the year in honor of the legacy of Glissant, among the most influential figures in Caribbean thought and cultural commentary. With the French poet and philosopher’s pivotal work Le Discours antillais (Caribbean Discourse, 1981) at its centerpoint, this exhibition and conference begins at FMSH, with further iterations at Université de Cambridge (Magdalene College) in June and at Université des Antilles (in Glissant’s homeland of Martinique) in November.

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Sat 13

Exhibition: Jonathas de Andrade: One to One

The subjects of Jonathas de Andrade’s videos, photography, and installations are “urgencies and discomforts,” as the artist has put it — issues related to identity, labor, and colonialism, specifically as they impact the artist’s homeland of Recife in northeastern Brazil. Curated by José Esparza Chong Cuy and Nina Wexelblatt.

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Fri 19

Exhibition: Simone Leigh: Loophole of Retreat

Winner of the Hugo Boss Prize 2018, Simone Leigh explores the writings of Harriet Jacobs (1813–1897), a formerly enslaved abolitionist who pseudonymously published an account of her life. In a new body of work, encompassing Leigh’s powerful sculptures and a sound installation, the Jamaican American artist explores narratives of communal nurture, resilience, and resistance. Curated by Katherine Brinson and Amara Antilla.

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Sun 07

Exhibition: Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas

Organized into thematic “constellations”, this exhibition brings together artists from throughout the Caribbean, continental Latin America, and the United States who have tapped into science fiction’s capacity to imagine new realities. Mundos Alternos in Queens is particularly salient, considering the vicinity of the past New York World’s Fairs to the museum, as well as the current dialogue around immigrant futures. This iteration expands with satellite programming throughout New York City, including at Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling (Harlem); The New York Hall of Science; the Museum of the Moving Image; and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. Organized by Hitomi Iwasaki and Joanna Szupinska-Myers.

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Fri 12

13th Bienal de la Habana – La Construcción de lo Posible (The Construction of the Possible)

Postponed due to damage from Hurricane Irma in 2017, the 13th edition of the Havana Biennial expands its reach across the city and nation, featuring over 200 artists from nearly 50 nations (including 70 Cuban artists, including Cuban National Art Award winners Manuel Mendive and René Francisco Rodríguez, alongside younger talent like Rocío García and Tamara Campo). Likewise, Detrás del muro (Behind the Wall), one of the past Biennials’ most popular public art projects, returns as a nearly six kilometer presentation, produced by Juan Delgado and featuring some 70 invited artist participants.

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Fri 05

Havana Film Festival New York

AMC Loews 34th Street (most screenings); special events at SVA Theatre; Museum of the Moving Image; New York Institute of Technology; and Directors Guild Theatre

Havana Film Festival New York (HFFNY) is an internationally recognized film festival and the longest running Latino film festival in New York, celebrating 20 years of Latin American cinema. Over 35 films from Cuba, Latin America, and Latino filmmakers in the U.S., many in their global debut, are showcased in this edition.

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Wed 08

Caribbean Art Salon No. 1 Caribbean in Venice: Connecting South

Coinciding with the 58th Venice Biennale, this debut project devotes dialogue to cultural exchanges and creative projects, while embracing this art world meeting point between the historic Western European representation in Venice and resonant voices from all across the globe. Led by Haitian curator Giscard Bouchotte, this event emphasizes how contemporary artistic expressions unite people, rather than calling out solely their differences. Our aim is to cherish and strengthen our communal culture; to foster our exchange and friendships; and to strive beyond insularity. We intend to develop and consolidate the network between the islands, especially through such cultural initiatives as this salon.

Coinciding with the 58th Venice Biennale, this debut project devotes dialogue to cultural exchanges and creative projects, while embracing this art world meeting point between the historic Western European representation in Venice and resonant voices from all across the globe. Led by Haitian curator Giscard Bouchotte, this event emphasizes how contemporary artistic expressions unite people, rather than calling out solely their differences. Our aim is to cherish and strengthen our communal culture; to foster our exchange and friendships; and to strive beyond insularity. We intend to develop and consolidate the network between the islands, especially through such cultural initiatives as this salon.


Connecting Islands Beyond the OceanMay 8, 2019 from 11 – 17hNavy Officers Club, Venicecurated by Giscard Bouchotte, in collaboration with MyArtGuides and Caribbean Art Initiative


Further details on panelists and salon topics will follow.

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Thu 07

Exhibition | Group Show | The Sea is History

Opening March 7 at 6 pm. The show is on view from March 7 to August 18, 2019.

The Sea is History features work by contemporary artists who address issues of migration and displacement from both a historical and contemporary perspective. The exhibition title is inspired by the seminal poem by the St. Lucian Nobel-laureate poet Derek Walcott. The reference serves to emphasize the poetic undercurrent of the exhibition, while also highlighting the relevance of great Caribbean thinkers such as Derek Walcott, Stuart Hall, and Édouard Glissant within a wider geographical and theoretical context. At a time when forced migration is affecting the lives of an ever-increasing number of individuals worldwide, the question is how contemporary artists can address the topic of displacement in ways that contribute to increased awareness, tolerance, and understanding. Through a combination of site-specific works, installations, videos, works on paper, and performance, the exhibition conveys a nuanced picture of migration.

Participating artists include: John Akomfrah, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Andrea Chung, Christopher Cozier, Manthia Diawara, Isaac Julien, Naiza Khan, Hew Locke, Nyugen E. Smith, Cosmo Whyte.

The exhibition is Curated by Selene Wendt. With generous support from Fritt Ord, Goethe-Institut and The Norwegian Cultural Council.

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Sun 24

Artist Talk | Felipe Mujica

The talk starts at 4 pm.

Artist Talk with Felipe Mujica in the exhibition: All Tomorrow’s Parties.

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Thu 07

The Armory Show | Julien Creuzet

The Armory Show will be open from March 7 to 10, 2019.

A selection of works of Julien Creuzet and other artist will be on view in Pier 94 at Document Gallery.

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Wed 27

ARCOmadrid | Jorge González and Claudia Peña Salinas

ARCOmadrid is open from February 27 until March 3, 2019.

A presentation of Jorge González and Claudia Peña work will be shown at booth 9OP07 with Embajada. The presentation is part of the program organized by curators Tiago de Abreu Pinto and Ilaria Gianni

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Wed 27

ARCOmadrid | Oscar Santillán

ARCOmadrid is open from February 27 until March 3, 2019.

A solo presentation of Oscar Santillán’s work will be shown in booth 9OP13 at Copperfield.

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Fri 25

Exhibition | Felipe Mujica | All Tomorrow's Parties

The exhibition is on view until March 9, 2019.

Appropriating its title from a 1967 Velvet Underground song, the exhibition presents three projects which intertwine and complement each other, conceptually, spatially and historically: a selection of recently commissioned curtain-works, a collection of studies made by the artist since 1995, and an artist-book in the form of homage to the Argentinean concrete artist Claudio Girola.

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Fri 25

Exhibition | Laura Castro | No hay que hacerle mucho caso a nadie

The show is on view until February 3, 2019.

Laura Castro’s exhibition displays different artistic strategies emerging from observing oneself through exercising universal memory. The selection of works are showcased in Casa Quien, are curated by Juan Canela.

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Sat 23

Exhibition | Group Show | Terremoto

Event starts at 7 pm.

This one-night event brings together the work by the tandem Joanna Selinger & Mayar el Hayawan and Derzu Campos.

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Fri 12

13th Havana Biennale

Press Conference takes place April 6 at 2 pm at the Wifredo Lam Centre of Contemporary Art. The Biennale is on view until May 12, 2019.

Sat 09

Exhibition | Group Show | to hold universes in our hands

The opening is at 6 pm.

With works by Chris Castañeda, Lara Lars, Mariana Motoko and Nuria Riaza.On March 9th, Nastasia Louveau will carry out a live wall-painting action throughout the day.

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Tue 31

Launch of the CARI website

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