June 10–June 19, 2015

A Rehearsal by Felipe Mujica and Johanna Unzueta

Artists and Beta-Local collaborators Felipe Mujica and Johanna Unzueta will present original artworks and documentation of work by Margarita Azurdia, Felipe Mujica, Jorge González, Ana Maria Millan, Javier Tellez and Johanna Unzueta in ISCP’s exhibition galleries. The exhibition will reveal contrasts between Geometric Abstraction, with its idealistic and formalist characteristics, and more personal, exotic and political forms of expression. Works include a video of a flying body crossing the US-Mexico border in a semi-circle trajectory, a ceramic turtle resting over a neo-geo-style cube, and a group of photographs of Minimal-like sculptures and paintings with the artist fashionably posing next to them, among others. This presentation is a prelude “test-drive” or “rehearsal” for an exhibition scheduled for later this year in Santiago, Chile at Die Ecke Arte Contemporáneo.

Margarita Azurdia (Antigua, Guatemala, 1931–1998) studied at Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas, Guatemala City and at McGill University of Liberal Arts-College of San Francisco, California. She exhibited her work in Mexico, the United States, France, and Central America. She was also part of a generation of Guatemalan artists who experimented with performance art in the 1970s.

Ana Maria Millán was born in 1975 in Cali, Colombia. She lives and works between Bogotá and Berlin. Millán’s work explores different forms of transmission of information in relation to subcultures, violence and exclusion discourses. Her work has been shown at El Matadero, Madrid; Video Sector, Miami Art Basel; Instituto de Visión, Bogotá; Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo de Cartagena de Indias, Cartagena; 12th Bienal de Cuenca, Cuenca; SFMoMa, San Francisco; and Creative Time, New York.

Jorge González was born in 1981 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he currently lives and works. González has exhibited at Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Germany; Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Jardín Borda, Cuernavaca, México.

Felipe Mujica is a New York-based artist born in 1974 in Santiago, Chile. In 1997, he co-founded the artist run space Galería Chilena, which operated between 1999 and 2005, first a nomadic and commercial art gallery and later as a collaborative art project, a curatorial “experiment”. He has exhibited his work  at Museo Experimental El Eco, Mexico City; Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City; Galeria Nuno Centeno, Porto; Fundazione Merz, Turin; Galeria Luisa Strina, Sao Paulo; Biennial of the Americas, Denver; 3rd Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou; and most recently at the 12 Bienal de Cuenca, Ecuador.

Javier Tellez is a New York-based artist born in 1969 in Venezuela. His work reflects a sustained interest in bringing peripheral communities and invisible situations to the fore of contemporary art addressing institutional dynamics, disabilities and mental illness as marginalizing conditions. He has exhibited in major institutions worldwide and recently had solo exhibitions at the Kunsthaus Zurich, SMAK, Ghent; San Francisco Art Institute and REDCAT,Los Angeles. His work has been included in exhibitions such as dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel, Whitney Biennale, Manifesta, Sydney Biennale and Venice Biennial.

Johanna Unzueta is a New York-based artist born in 1974 in Santiago, Chile. Working primarily with sculpture and installations, her work focuses on the notion of labor. She has exhibited at Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City; Christinger De Mayo, Zürich; David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Universidad de Chile, Santiago de Chile; The Queens Museum of Art, New York, and Or Gallery, Vancouver.

Opening Reception: Jun 10, 2015

June 2, 2015

Jorge González: Understory

Artist Jorge González will present several projects including a video, a structure of botanical specimens, and various archival documents. In addition, González will be conversing with local fabricators and artisans, encouraging an open distribution of knowledge−ranging from oral history, ancestral techniques, and collective practices−not only to enliven the gallery space, but also to foster an ongoing learning environment. The subtitle for this event, “understory,” is an ecological term that refers to plant life that grows beneath a forest’s canopy, at the same height where standing conversations might take place.

González is based in Puerto Rico, and this is his first exhibition in New York. His activities at ISCP are a component of Beta-Local’s institutional residency, which began in April. González’s work is rooted in gathering knowledge about land use and artisanal practices. His ongoing activities include the study of botany, archival procedures, oral history, and tropical modernist architecture. Since 2012, he has worked with Beta-Local to forge pedagogical connections with the public university system of Puerto Rico.

May 26, 2015

Discussion: Societies in Movement: Defending the Land and Living Sin Patron

Please note: This talk will be conducted entirely in Spanish.

During this live broadcast from San Juan, and as part of as part of Beta-Local’s residency at ISCP, Marina Sitrin will initiate a discussion by sharing stories from a number of recent horizontal movements from around world, where people look to one another for power and transformation. Through self-organization, these movements not only resist but also create alternative ways of being and living. Examples include struggles to defend the earth in Argentina−such as the recent victory against Monsanto and the mining companies in La Rioja−to the recuperation of workplaces in Latin America and Europe and the creation of alternative forms of health care in Greece. The discussion will be based on Sitrin’s experiences and collaborations with these movements.

Marina Sitrin is an activist, writer, militant and dreamer. She is the author of Horizontalism: Voices of Popular Power in Argentina, Everyday Revolutions: Horizontalism and Autonomy in Argentina and the co-author of They Can’t Represent US: Reinventing Democracy from Greece to Occupy. Her writing and activism focuses on movements that organize, grounded in forms of social organization such as autogestión, horizontalidad, prefigurative politics and affective social relationships.