El Museo del Barrio’s LA BIENAL

Featured work above -- Bernardo Navarro Tomas (La Batalla de Ideas 2009)

El Museo del Barrio's LA BIENAL: Here Is Where We Jump, is an exhibition featuring works by 37 artists who live and work in the New York City metropolitan area. LA BIENAL is the seventh edition of this prestigious exhibition. For more details, visit El Museo's website: El Museo Del Barrio

The artists and works in LA BIENAL are as diverse in their backgrounds as they are in their creative processes. From Chilean artist Julia San Martin, whose experimental expressionistic work reflects on the violence and persecution experienced by civilians living under a dictatorship, to Puerto Rican artist and Bronx native Manny Vega’s exploration and celebration of collective memory and the shared histories of the African diaspora in the Americas. Likewise, the methods and processes of the artists range from recycling materials to produce traditional objects, as is the case in Sean Paul Gallegos’s exploration of ethnography, to Cuban artist Pavel Acosta’s exploration of art and scarcity through “Wallscape,” an intervention into El Museo’s gallery walls using stolen paint. La Bienal 2013 showcases paintings, drawings, video, sculptures, installations, and performances.

LA BIENAL was designed to provide a platform for artists who have never shown at El Museo. Since its first edition in 1999, LA BIENAL – formerly known as The (S) Files – has been a significant means for creating ties between El Museo and artists, while building networks and opportunities for a wide variety of talent. La Bienal distinguished alumni include Firelei Baez, Allora & Calzadilla, Margarita Cabrera, Alejandro Cesarco, Richard Garett, Pablo Helguera, Tamara
Kostianovsky, Carlos Motta, and Iván Navarro

As a collective exhibition, LA BIENAL: Here Is Where We Jump is a research project oriented towards a better understanding of the conditions under which artists produce, present, and think through art in our city. Every edition of El Museo’s Bienal explores and supports experimental and experiential aspects of contemporary art. In this exhibition, the artists’ methods and processes are of significance, as is the context in which they are interpreted. This installation of LA BIENAL is curated by El Museo Curator Rocío Aranda-Alvarado and Raúl Zamudio, an independent New York-based curator. Brazil is featured as the guest country for this edition of the exhibition.

Featured artists include:

Alejandro Guzmán
Alex Nuñez
Becky Franco
Bernardo Navarro Tomas
Christopher Rivera
Damali Abrams
Edgar Serrano
Élan Jurado
Eric Ramos Guerrero
Ernest Concepción
Ernesto Burgos
Gabriela Salazar
Gabriela Scopazzi
Giandomencio Tonatiuh Pellizzi
Héctor Arce-Espasas
Ignacio Gonzalez-Lang
Jonathas de Andrade
Julia San Martín
Kathleen Granados
Kenneth Rivero
Lucas Arruda
Manuel Vega
Matias Cuevas
Mel Xiloj
Miguel Cárdenas
Pablo Jansana
Patricia Domínguez & Dominika Ksel
Paula Garcia
Pavel Acosta
Ramón Miranda Beltrán
Risa Puno
Sara Jimenez & Kaitlynn Redell
Sean Paul Gallegos

El Museo del Barrio, New York’s leading Latino cultural institution, welcomes visitors of all backgrounds to discover the artistic landscape of Latino, Caribbean, and Latin American cultures. Their richness is represented in El Museo’s wide-ranging collections and critically acclaimed exhibitions, complemented by film, literary, visual and performing arts series, cultural celebrations, and educational programs.

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