FRESCOS:Ciudadanos de Ninguna Parte (5 años después)
Frescos: Ciudadanos de Ninguna Parte (5 años después) / Fresh: Citizens of Nowhere (5 years later), reviews the recent work of most of the artists profiled in the book. The title of the exhibition refers to how their narratives, like professional practice, are constantly in transit. FRESCOS are citizens of here and there, holding a vocation for ubiquity and his works are proof of this.
In 2010, book editor Celina Nogueras Cuevas published the book FRESCOS: 50 artistas Puertorriqueños menores de 35 años (FRESH: 50 Puerto Rican artists under 35 years) with the intention to make known to a wide audience the contemporary art production of the Island and to document it for history. The publication chose 50 artists who, in the opinion of 10 local and international curators, showed great development potential. At that time, Nogueras explained how artists of that generation called FRESCOS (FRESH) showed some intellectual and aesthetic concerns, different from the Puerto Rican plastic of various decades and earlier periods, this generation was more uprooted from a national discourse and with sights set on concerns of a global nature.
It is significant how some are active, representing the island internationally in galleries, exhibitions, museums and biennials, while more than half of these artists are living in cities such as Berlin, Boston, Chicago, Mexico City, Kuwait, Los Angeles, Miami and New York, so that contact with global themes and issues are inherent to their works. Even in those works where direct reference to the local context is made, it is part of a “glocal” perspective (Glocal..said of the global perspective that could easily adapt to the local context)
Selected works fall into thematics and axes that synthesize the intellectual concerns of the artists. Today, we see how some make political comments relevant to everyday situations of the country and others about global policies of inequality under the theme, Distopías (Dystopias). On the other hand, we can identify a handful of artists interested in building Mundos Fantásticos (Fantasy Worlds), drawn to the impossibility of modern standards, they create nostalgic or parallel worlds to their reality. Finally, under the theme known as SuperSuperficies (SuperSurfaces), a group chooses to start a game of perception where under the surface of their works hides something much deeper than what is perceived.
The curators that participated in the book were: Pablo León de La Barra, Elvis Fuentes, Cheryl Hartup, Marianne Ramírez Aponte, Juan C. López Quintero, Paco Barragán, Marimar Benítez, Silvia Karman Cubiña, Marysol Nieves.
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