Image: Karina Aguilera Skvirsky.
Hybrid Topographies - Encounters from Latin America
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
ICI Curatorial Hub
401 Broadway, Suite 1620
FREE and open to the public
Curatorial Intensive alumna Monica Espinel will be in conversation with artists Carlos Castro Arias, Nicole Franchy, and Karina Aguilera Skvirsky to discuss the exhibition, Hybrid Topographies (on view February 13–May 14, 2018 at Deutsche Bank Gallery).
Hybrid Topographies presents narratives by fourteen contemporary artists from Latin America whose work stems from a place of encounters as a means to understand the other and as potential sites for change and transformation. The agency of artists is at play in works ranging from Claudia Andujar’s documentation of the Yanomami people of the Amazon to Jesús “Bubu” Negrón’s use of the marimbula, a percussion instrument from the Caribbean, as a tool for community building.
Central to the artist’s practice is a strong interest in history, the legacy of colonialism, a quest for their roots and an engagement with the landscape, whether urban or rural. Combining both new and historical sources and materials, the artists employ hybridity not only as a conceptual framework but also as a way to blur the boundaries across media to address questions of representation, identity, invisibility and otherness. Artists like Carlos Castro Arias, William Cordova and María Elvira Escallón bring symbols from the past into the present, collapsing temporalities to signal the cultural hybridity and diversity of Latin America’s people, and a modern vernacular forged by shared co-existence.
This event is accessible to people with mobility disabilities. Please contact ICI for additional accessibility needs.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.