Saturday, 30 January 2010

CIRCA LABS, CURATED BY PABLO LEON DE LA BARRA IN SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO



sketches for proposal


Pablo Leon de la Barra’s proposal for CIRCA LABS proposes a laboratory to explore possible cultural scenarios in Puerto Rico, it functions as a kind of Village Fair/Market/Open Museum, where invited galleries, some of the most interesting young contemporary galleries from the American continent, take over containers which become ‘rooms’ of an open air museum which doesn’t exist in Puerto Rico yet. In the space between the containers, a social space is created where different local artists and organizations will create an oasis-activation zone. There will also be a space with hammocks, a bulletin board for cultural proposals for Puerto Rico, a reading area, a hanging painting exhibition and an outdoor cinema. With this, within the art fair CIRCA LABS provides an opportunity to envision future possibilities for cultural life in Puerto Rico and creates a different scenario for market and culture to coexist.

Invited Galleries:
La Central, Colombia
http://lacentral.com.co/

Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City
http://www.proyectosmonclova.com/

Diablo Rosso, Panama
http://www.diablorosso.com/

Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala
http://www.proyectosultravioleta.com/

Revolver, Peru
http://www.revolvergaleria.com

PRETEEN, Hermosillo, Mexico
http://preteengallery.net

In the Outdoor Cinema there will be videos of the following Puerto Rican artists:
Beatriz Santiago, Monica Rodriguez, Michael Linares, Javier Bosque...

In the Outdoor Painting exhibition works by:
Radames Juni Figueroa, Bobby Cruz, Melvin Martinez, Chemi Rosado, Fernando Pintado, Josue Pellot...

Radames Juni Figueroa will create a tropical garden with plants, a coconut fountain and a rainbow...

Esteban Gabriel will create the furniture for the reading room...

Jesus Bubu Negron will create the hamock zone...

Natalia 'Bambi' Valencia http://www.nataliavalencia.com/ will sing her songs...

There will be a reading table containing the printed material from the past puerto rican triennal curated by Adriano Pedrosa, Julieta Gonzalez and Jens Hoffman...

There will also be a reading cart with Puerto Rican art magazine Conboca http://www.conboca.org/ as well as another reading table containing e-flux journal http://www.e-flux.com/journal.

Finally, Beta Local http://www.betalocal.org/, an independent art-school-project residency in San Juan, headed by Michy Marxuach, Bea Santiago and Tony Cruz will create a bulletin board for cultural proposals in Puerto Rico.

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