Thursday evening, Instituto Cervantes New York unveiled “Calibán,” an art exhibition highlighting Puerto Rican artists Chemi Rosado Seijo, Karlo-Andrei Ilbarra, Melvin Martinez, Radames ‘Juni’ Figuerora, Jesus ‘Bubu’ Negron and Alia Farid.
Named after Calibán, one of the main characters in William Shakespeare’s play The Tempest, the art exhibit was created to explore the way one expresses his or herself in the art world. It was designed to do two things: be an exhibition platform as well as a space where the narrative of the local art scene can be discussed by those who build it.
All of the artists featured are renowned figures in the Caribbean island, who works with both traditional and nontraditional media. They all share two distinct qualities: they have a commitment to experimental art and a dedication to the local setting by exploring their heritage and the island’s contemporary viewpoint. The artwork on display at the exhibition address diverse topics.
While experiencing the showcase, which featured a drawing, an installation, a sculpture, a video and painting created and inspired by Puerto Rico, guests were enjoyed complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Additionally, guests had an opportunity to hear from the artists through a panel discussion.
Ingrid I. Rivera Rocafort, PRTC executive director, said, “The Puerto Rico Tourism Company is proud to be a sponsor ‘Calibán,’ an exhibition that portrays the talent of our contemporary artists, who are the reason San Juan was selected among the top 12avant-garde cities in the world of contemporary art, contributing to the perception of the All-Star Island as a cultural destination.”
“More than an instance to show work, it is an opportunity to redefine how artists and the art scene in Puerto Rico are understood and represented locally in addition to demonstrating their relevance to the art scene worldwide. The works displayed here explore various approaches, themes, collaborative works, not only in the realization of parts, but in participation of the public, either through positioning of the body or with the activation of works in the room,” said Marina Reyes Franco, guest curator.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of monthly gatherings to discuss significant moments and individuals, who has been involved in the Puerto Rican art scene over the last 15 years.
Calibán will be open through Aug. 29th.
Check out the photos from the exhibit.