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"Ars Latina 07 Features Works by 90 Artists"
2007-06-22 until 2007-08-31
CEART - State Center for the Arts
Mexicali, BC, MX Mexico

With a nourished audience that overwhelmed the ample facilities of CEART (the State Center for the Arts) in Mexicali, this visual exhibition organized by Terra dell'Arte was inaugurated on June 22 representing the central event in the program of activities that, under the motto “Being Latin in the XXI Century”, involved in addition the cities of Tecate and Tijuana. More than a hundred art enthusiasts appreciated, under the guide of one of the curatorial advisers, Cuban art critic Nelson Herrera Ysla, the enormous variety of works that constitute the exhibition that united more than ninety artists from twenty-two countries worldwide. The exhibition is an exuberant cornucopia, full of colour and diversity, representative of the present state of Contemporary Art. There the Pampean and Baja Californian deserts coexist; the abstraction and the figuration; the austere strident colour and the traditional photography’s black and white; the traditional techniques in oil, wood or ceramics, with the last tendencies in the matter of digital art.

Although it is almost impossible to make any mentions without committing flagrant injustices, we can emphasize the force and dimensions of the sculpture “Monte”, made by Argentinean artist Raúl Fernández Olivi using as main material a died tree of Baja California; the synthesis obtained by Alfonso Caputo in his digital art work based on Mexican cave painting photographs, whose complete series is being exhibited at the moment in Tijuana. Laura Castanedo has given samples of her ductility with an important acrylic work installation, which constitutes the most impressive set next to the series of ceramic hearts of Cuban artist Rafael Miranda San Juan; also in digital art, the two works presented by Valencian artist Maite Benet caught the public’s attention, as well as the cubical sculpture exhibited by Cuban artist Yunayka Martin Martinez, carefully worked with threads in blue tonalities that characterize her trowel. In another tonic, using photographic reproductions, the works of her compatriots Yossiel Barroso and Denys San Jorge stood out. Brazilian Fonthor de Luca showed his masters in collage again with an anthropomorphic figure and French artist Isabelle Ribot exhibited her delicate figuration with two minimalist canvases. The border topic art was represented by a strong installation by artist José Hugo Sánchez, from Tijuana, that included the politic thematic, also used in the impressive installation “Yo tomé agua” from the Argentine Lis Cofré, that evokes the problematic of the disappeared. Also, the monumental work of Sergio Toledo on visual contamination and consumer society. Many works also watered in humour and irony, like the ingenious installation “Política cultural” of Horacio Paturlane, constructed out of rolls of toilet paper.

The show, that will remain opened for three more months, aroused the public’s admiration and the satisfaction of the organizers, who, with this effort, demonstrated that Latin artists - without excluding creators of other origins - manage not only to produce wonderful works, but also to invent channels for the public and market’s reception.

Alberto Acosta


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