Posted on March 14, 2014
Residency Frontera Compartida/Migrante, 2010. Courtesy of David Flores-Hora and ceroinspiración.
The 2012 Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Travel Award for Central America and the Caribbean is given in honor of curator Virginia Pérez-Ratton (1950-2010) who was internationally renowned for her work with contemporary artists in Central America and the Caribbean. Pérez-Ratton was the founder of the art space, library, and foundation TEOR/éTica. As part of this edition, the Travel Award has partnered with TEOR/éTica to grant a 4 week curatorial residence to María del Carmen Carrión.
Carrión’s curatorial interests focus on exploring exhibition histories and institutional critique, contemporary practices in the public realm, and the connection between territory, communities, and politics. During her residency she will explore geography as a social category by considering the complexity of practices that determine conditions of acceptability within systems of exploitation of nature. Carrión will also research artistic projects and scholarly research that examine the relation between social space and the space of nature, and look at artistic practices in Costa Rica that consider the connection between space and movement, multiplicity and forms of appropriation and uses of territory that generate specific ideas and approaches toward power.
Carrión arrive at TEOR/éTica on August 15th. She will be giving a presentation on her curatorial practice on August 23rd, and present two video screenings on August 29th and 30th.