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Janelle Iglesias
Janelle Iglesias, Bridge and Tunnel Kids Have More Fun, 2010, El Museo del Barrio, courtesy of the artist


May 18, 2011

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In less than a month, El Museo del Barrio launches its sixth biennial survey of cutting-edge art by Latino, Carribean and Latin American artists -- and the show is bigger than ever. “El Museo’s Bienal: The (S) Files 2011,” June 14, 2011-Jan. 8, 2012, presents 75 artists at the Fifth Avenue museum and six additional venues.

Curators of the expansive show are Rocío Aranda-Alvarado, Trinidad Fombella, Elvis Fuentes and guest curator Juanita Bermúdez. In a show that emphasizes Street Art movements in New York, the city serves “as creative setting as well as a source of materials,” noted Fuentes. Aranda-Alvarado said, “We are interested in how these social borders mix and dissolve in urban environments, and how artists use these social alterations as points of creative departure.” 

The six satellite venues feature artworks grouped by theme and media. Video and photo documentation of performance and political art at BRIC Rotunda Gallery; Works made of found objects, colored sand, crocheted plastic bags and glitter at chashama at the Donnell, the window space at the now-closed library across from the Museum of Modern Art; animation and illustration at the Lehman College Art Gallery; graffiti art and works made from recycled materials at the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance; large scale works at Socrates Sculpture Park; and temporary street installations in Times Square, courtesy of the Times Square Alliance.

The show also features a special selection of works from the “Biennial of the Central American Isthmus,” which reflects the growing contemporary art scene in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.

Artists in the show include Marcos Agudelo, Sol Aramendi, Firelei Báez, Base Collective, Daniel Bejar, Patricia Belli, Francisca Benítez, Juan Betancurth, Alberto Borea, Javier Bosques, Priscila de Carvalho, José Castrellón, COCO144 (Roberto Gualtieri), Donna Conlon, COPE2(Fernando Carlo Jr.), Christian Curiel, Abigail DeVille, Dister (Dister Rondon), Flo Drake del Castillo, Alexis Duque, Gerard Ellis, Feegz, Firo173 and Figaro (Carlos Jesús Martinez Dominguez), Felipe Galindo, Daniel González, Edwin González Ojeda, Julio Granados, Alicia Grullón.

Yasmín Hage, Jonathan Harker, Las Hermanas Iglesias, Juan Hinojosa, Janelle Iglesias, Lisa Iglesias, INDIE184 (Soraya Marquez), Gisela Insuaste, Jessica Kairé, Jayson Keeling, Lady Pink (Sandra Fabara), Thessia Machado, Sandra Mack Valencia, Sofía Maldonado, J. Manuel Mansylla, Mare139 (Carlos Rodriguez), Armando Mariño, Jessica Mein, Leonor Mendoza, Carlos N. Molina, Irvin Morazán, Felix Morelo, Mösco (Alvaro Alcocer), Rachelle Mozman, Felipe Mujica, nikoykatiushka.

Angel Otero, Geandy Pavón, Antonia A. Perez, Lina Puerta, Ronny Quevedo, Lee Quiñones, Hatuey Ramos-Fermín, Ishmael Randall-Weeks, Justine Reyes, Ryan Roa, Joaquín Rodríguez del Paso, Rafael Sánchez and Kathleen White, Rafael Sánchez, Carlos Sandoval de León, TOOFLY (Maria Castillo), Johanna Unzueta, Rider Ureña, VJ Demencia (René Juan de la Cruz), Adán Vallecillo, Simón Vega, Elena Wen, Marela Zacarías.

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