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On the Visitor Economy Regime

Left: Marina Reyes Franco. (Photo: Raquel Perez Puig). Right: Ilaria Conti. (Photo: Daria Paladino)

Marina Reyes Franco in conversation with Ilaria Conti

Dec 8, 2022
6:30–8 pm

New York, NY, USA
Americas Society

680 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065

 

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
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Left: Marina Reyes Franco. (Photo: Raquel Perez Puig). Right: Ilaria Conti. (Photo: Daria Paladino)

Join Marina Reyes Franco (Curator, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Puerto Rico) in conversation with Ilaria Conti (Curator, American Federation of Arts) for an event in conjunction with Reyes Franco's exhibition Tropical Is Political: Caribbean Art Under the Visitor Economy Regime, currently on view at the Americas Society in New York. The two curators will discuss Reyes Franco's research and curatorial process, delving into the connections between works in the show and their diverse reflections of what Reyes Franco terms the "visitor economy regime" – the unique amalgamation of tourism and finance that has profoundly impacted cultural production, identity, and policy across the Caribbean.  

The result of expansive research undertaken across the Dominican Republic, Panama, the Bahamas, Jamaica, Trinidad, and in diasporic communities, partially through ICI's 2017 CPPC Travel Award for Central America and the Caribbean, Tropical is Political highlights ideas and experiences both specific to the Caribbean and translatable to global contexts in which natural and fiscal paradises coalesce. In this talk, Reyes Franco and Conti will explore how these ideas and curatorial framework can expand beyond the Caribbean to encompass other countries and regions contending with similar dynamics.

Read a review of Tropical is Political in Hyperallergic!

Live ASL interpretation will be available at this event.

This program is free and open to the public. RSVP recommended.

Presenters
Marina Reyes Franco

Marina Reyes Franco is a Curator at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Puerto Rico (MAC).

Ilaria Conti

Ilaria Conti is Curator at the American Federation of Arts, advancing frameworks of decentralized and sustainable exhibition-making focused on contemporary art and social and cultural justice.


Credits
This program is presented in collaboration with the Americas Society and 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 Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.