Mapping Central America: Panama

Posted on August 17, 2012

Installation view Postpanamax by Proyectos Ultravioleta. Courtesy Proyectos Ultravioleta.

DiabloRosso is a creative think tank and space based in Casco Viejo, the historic old quarter of Panama City. It is a community that supports and promotes young artistic talent in its most broad and multidisciplinary definition as well as a multifunctional space that can be experienced in many ways: the gallery; the café (which transforms into an indie movie house every Tuesday); and the concept store filled with innovative items from young independent designers both local and international. The gallery’s yearly program, which includes not only art exhibitions but screenings, artist lectures, dance performances, music experimentation and community art-based projects, reflects both the flexibility of the space and the diverse interest of its creators.

Los del Patio
Also located in the historic neighborhood of San Felipe, Casco Viejo, Los del Patio is a cultural center created to support and develop both self-initiated projects and those by other artists or groups. Projects include workshops, seminars, discussions, exhibitions, and presentations that contribute to the formation of artists and the general public through high quality proposals coming from visual arts, photography, film, dance, and performance.

Panama Art Biennial
The Panama Art Biennial is the most prestigious event for the advancement of the contemporary visual arts in Panama. It offers creative individuals a non-commercial space within which to produce and exhibit their art, providing contact with the general public and with critics, as well as promoting their work through a bilingual catalog published after the exhibition, which is distributed nationally and internationally.

Founded by Irene Escoffery and Monica Kupfer, the Biennial has been held in Panama’s Museum of Contemporary Art since 1992. Over the past 16 years the Biennial has experienced a process of constant evolution, from its initial stages as a painting competition to its status today as a contemporary art exhibition that includes all artistic media. It is a show that does not attempt to survey contemporary art in Panama, but rather to contribute to its renewal in a significant way.

Reflecting the evolving landscape of the art scene, this platform will be updated as new information becomes available. Thanks to the artists and curators who have helped to shape and enrich the project to date.

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