"boricuba 2x2," curated by Miguel Trelles and Alexis Mendoza
Miguel Trelles and Alexis Mendoza
November 6-December 18, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday November 6, 2015 6-9pm
Opening Night Reception presented by Rums of Puerto Rico
LES Gallery, 1st floor
Abrazo Interno Gallery, 2nd floor
107 Suffolk Street (Rivington & Delancey Streets)
New York, NY 10002
Gallery Hours: 3:30-7:00pm daily
Exhibition is Free and Open to the Public
Contact: Rebecca Weiss, email@example.com 212-260-4080
New York, NY—The Clemente is pleased to announce boricuba 2x2, celebrating the work of over twenty artists of Puerto Rican and Cuban origin. The visual arts component of the annual BORIMIX Festival, which celebrates Puerto Rican Arts and Culture each November, boricuba 2x2 explores the relationship between the two island nations of Cuba and Puerto Rico and their respective diasporas. Cuba and Puerto Rico have often been referred to as “wings of the same bird,” sharing a strong Taino strand in their pre-Colombian history and common Spanish colonial heritage. The fraternal exhibition aims to strengthen the bonds of history, mutual respect and solidarity that bind both islands.
As the United States re-establishes diplomatic and cultural relationships with Cuba, Curators Alexis Mendoza and Miguel Trelles advocate for re-invigorating the cultural dialogue among Caribbean island nations. boricuba 2x2 explores how contemporary Cuban and Puerto Rican art and artists reflect these current developments, and how these artists engage with or detach from the past of both nations.
“We are excited to see this exhibition come to fruition as part of the our yearly Borimix celebration, and are eager to see what partnerships and opportunities it brings to Cuban and Puerto Rican artists alike,” added Dr. Manuel Moran, CEO of Society of the Educational Arts, and Borimix co-creator (along with Miguel Trelles). “We have decidedly chosen Cuba, which, after all, has the oldest art academy in the Caribbean (San Alejandro Academy, founded in 1818) as the country to be recognized in our overall Borimix celebrations. We are confident of the relevance the exhibition has in the shifting historical arena of both islands,” concluded Moran.
Click HERE for a full list of participating artists. This program is supported, in part by public funds form the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the governor and the New York State Legislature.
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