“You Belong Here”: Tavares Strachan

Image: Tavares Strachan, You Belong Here. Blocked out neon. Prospect New Orleans, October 25, 2014-January 25, 2015.

“You Belong Here”: Tavares Strachan in conversation with María del Carmen Carrión
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
ICI Curatorial Hub

401 Broadway, Suite 1620
FREE and open to the public

During the recent biennial Prospect 3. Notes for Now, Tavares Strachan presented a neon work that read “You Belong Here” which traveled on a barge up and down the Mississippi River. This work will be the starting point for a conversation between the New York based artist and ICI’s María del Carmen Carrión. They will discuss past and current projects and delve into a range of topics, specifically, what it means to be an artist in 2015.

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February 10, 2015

ICI Curatorial Hub
401 Broadway, Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013


Tavares Strachan

Tavares Strachan was born in 1979 in Nassau, Bahamas. He received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, where he studied glass, and an MFA in sculpture from Yale University. Recurring themes in Strachan’s work include invisibility, displacement (both physical and metaphorical), and the capacity of both persons and matter to withstand inhospitable environments. Strachan’s work emphasizes the migratory, cross-cultural nature of contemporary artistic production, and unsettles canonized histories and geographies. Most recently, Strachan created his largest work yet “You belong here” neon sculpture for Prospect.3 New Orleans, which moves through the Mississippi on a 140-foot barge. Strachan also received LACMA’s Art & Technology Lab grant that will work in partnership with Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Space X. He was featured at the 12th Lyon Biennale with a series of work titled “The Immeasurable Daydream.” In the summer of 2013, he represented The Bahamas in the nation’s inaugural pavilion at the 55th International Venice Biennale. Strachan lives and works in New York City.

Image: Tavares walking with a flag through the Arctic, 2013.

María del Carmen Carrión

María del Carmen Carrión is an independent curator and art critic from Quito, who received an MA from the Curatorial Practice Program at California College of the Arts, in San Francisco, and taught at Universidad Católica in Quito. She is currently Director of Public Programs & Research at Independent Curators International in New York. She co-founded Constructo /, an international collective platform devoted to research and debate of art and visual culture. Since 2009, she has been a member of the curatorial college of ceroinspiración, an exhibition and residency space in Quito. Recent projects include: The Life of Objetcs, VOGT Gallery, New York (2011), Materia Prima, 8va Bienal de Mercosur, Porto Alegre (2011), Otros Fueros, collaboration with Tercerunquinto, EACC, Castelló (2011), Historias Fugaces, LABoral, Gijón (2011), and The Nature of Things at the Biennial of the Americas, chief curator Paola Santoscoy, Denver (2010). Former positions include: Associate Curator at New Langton Arts in San Francisco, and Research Coordinator for Museo de la Ciudad in Quito.

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