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El Local Club


El Local Club
Sunday, May 11, 2014
2:00 PM
In the upstairs Tacombi Lounge

NADA New York
Pier 36 at Basketball City
299 South Street
New York, NY 10002

FREE and open to the public

Independent Curators International (ICI) and NADA in partnership with Beta Local present El Local Club, a conversation about the influences of the Caribbean in artistic practice and production. Taking as a point of departure Radamés “Juni” Figueroa’s Tree House - Club House, 2013, a sculpture/social platform built in the tropical forest of Naguabo, Puerto Rico, Stefan Benchoam (co-director Proyectos Ultravioleta, Ciudad de Guatemala), Pablo Guardiola (co-director Beta Local, San Juan), and Radamés “Juni” Figueroa (artist, San Juan) will discuss generosity as a tool, “tropical” strategies and methodologies, site specificity, networks of influence, and the ways of working in Puerto Rico.


About Beta Local
Beta-Local is a non-profit organization based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, dedicated to supporting and promoting aesthetic thought and practice through various programs:
-La Práctica, a post-academic study and production program, through which Fellows coming from diverse disciplines take a project from concept to production.
-The Harbor: a residency program for visiting international artists, architects, designers and other cultural producers. Visitors to Beta-Local, develop projects, workshops and offer lectures on a variety of subjects related to art and other creative disciplines to the general public and to La Práctica Fellows.
-La Ivan Illich, an open experimental school through which the participating public suggests, requests and creates courses and workshops.


El Local Club has been made possible, in part, by the support of Phaidon.

May 11, 2014

NADA New York
Pier 36 at Basketball City
299 South Street
New York, NY 10002
FREE and open to the public

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Pablo Guardiola

Pablo Guardiola is a visual artist working across installation, sculpture, photography and editorial /curatorial projects. His work has been reviewed in Artforum, the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Francisco Bay Guardian, among others. He co-founded and co-edits Set to Signal, an arts and culture bulletin concerning the future. Recently he started the project The Lecturers, a series of commissioned online seminars in English and Spanish primarily focusing on the production and consumption of knowledge through the visual arts. He co-directs Beta-Local.


Stefan Benchoam

Stefan Benchoam is an artist and co-founder of Proyectos Ultravioleta - a contemporary art space based in Guatemala City, focused on experimentation and education - and co-founder of the Buró de Intervenciones Públicas (BIP). His work is multifaceted, with at least two distinct lines of investigation: one that is developed in the public realm through actions and interventions, and another one that aims to question the notion of authenticity while blurring the lines between the work of the artist and that of the curator.


Radamés ‘Juni’ Figueroa

Radamés “Juni” Figueroa lives and works in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Solo exhibitions of his work include Naguabo Rainbow, Daguao Enchumbao, Fango Fire Flies at Sculpture Center, New York (2014) The Wild Nest at El NUMU, Guatemala (2013) Sal Si Puedes at Roberto Paradise Gallery, San Juan (2012). Past projects include Tree House - Club House, a live monumental sculpture at a forest in Naguabo, Puerto Rico (2013); Triangle Eucalyptus for Meditation, 43 Salon Inter-Nacional, Medellin, Colombia (2013), Salvajismo Caribeño, an intervention on the Roof of Houses in Barrio La Perla in San Juan, Puerto Rico (2009); and Parada “Phantom”, (Tropical Bus Stop), created in a public space in San Juan (2009). Figueroa is included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial an site specific project makeshift structure that is installed in the Museum’s sculpture court serves as an open space for gathering, reflecting and celebrating. In 2011 in San Juan Puerto Rico, Figueroa was also co-curator of the first Tropical Biennial with Pablo Leon de la Barra.


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