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A look at contemporary art from Puerto Rico and other Caribbean countries that critically reflect on imposed notions of tropicality, sensuality, and images created for tourist consumption. This talk will discuss the cultural and material context in which some Caribbean artists have developed their practice in recent years and provide some background and references for them.
The talk will focus on artists who directly deal with post-colonial social structures of foreign privilege, local servitude, and the inescapable reality of climate change, as well as craft as artistic practice. Marina Reyes Franco has been traveling, researching and writing on the cultural impact of tourism and the construction of ideas of paradise as it relates to art, exhibition-making, taxes, real estate, and the lives of artists and other cultural producers since 2015.
About the presenter
Marina Reyes Franco is a curator at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico (MAC). 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. In 2010, she cofounded La Ene, an itinerant museum and collection. Some recent projects include De Loíza a la Loíza, a MAC en el Barrio public art commission by Daniel Lind Ramos; Resisting Paradise, at Pública, San Juan and Fonderie Darling, Montreal; Watch your step / Mind your head, ifa-Galerie Berlin; The 2nd Grand Tropical Biennial in Loíza, Puerto Rico; Calibán, MAC in San Juan; C32: Sucursal, MALBA in Buenos Aires, and numerous exhibitions at La Ene.
As curator and researcher, she has focused on the work of Esteban Valdés, artistic and literary manifestations on the frontier of political action, 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.
This event is presented with support from the Ellen H. Johnson Endowment for Contemporary Art.