2018 Grants & Commissions Exhibition

6 October–25 November 2018

Exhibition Overview


The 2018 Grants & Commissions exhibit, which has traditionally been presented in Miami at CIFO Art Space, will become an international traveling exhibition program this year. The award recipients will have the opportunity to present their work at the Centro Cultural Metropolitano in Quito, Ecuador. The exhibition will be on view and open to the public from October 6 through November 25, 2018, with a preview taking place on October 4.

Grants & Commissions: Emerging Artists
For the 2018 Grants & Commissions Program, Achievement Award winner Horacio Zabala has proposed Hypothesis for 20 Paintings and 19 Signs, a continuation of his ongoing investigation into the combination of monochrome painting and mathematical signs. His work juxtaposing multiple paintings and multiple signs seeks to uncover previously unseen relationships: “To intuit minimal possible relationships is to perceive much more than what is actually seen,” he says. “Less is not more, but much more.”

Grants & Commissions: Mid-Career Artists
Magdalena Atria’s proposed work, Cogollo de Toronjil (Lemon Balm Shoot), will be a large plasticine mural that will emerge naturally and decisively from direct and intuitive manipulation of the material, taking its inspiration from the “simplicity and perfection” of the growth of a cluster of lemon balm. Lázaro Saavedra’s work, Mártires (Martyrs), takes as its subject the mutations of the concept of martyrdom as it relates to Cuban revolutionary ideals. With regard to martyrdom, says the artist, “In the Cuban context of the sixties and seventies, the sacrifice of life for ideals was invoked. At present, the social conscience perceives that ideals are sacrificed in the name of economic survival and that the former revolutionary guerrillas and their relays have been transformed into conservative entrepreneurs.” The performance-installation will be presented inside a constructed and enclosed golf course.

Grants & Commissions: Emerging Artists
Fredman Barahona’s Machete Dress is a performance art piece that takes the form of a dress constructed of machetes and knives, co-opting a symbol of Nicaraguan working class liberation to highlight the erasure of LGBTIQ identities from Latin American revolutionary narratives. Gala Berger’s Resistance Alliances adopts the form of a board game to explore the social history of feminisms in Latin America. Víctor del Moral’s paLíndro is a living installation that explores text in its graphic, sculptural, choreographic and sound dimensions. Laura Huertas Millán’s Mirages, part of her film series “Ethnographic Fictions,” is a four-channel video installation built around the multiple uses and identities of the coca leaf in the Colombian Amazon. Rubén D´Hers’ sound installation, Faint Music, examines the duality of music and noise in sounds produced by domestic or household devices; while Daniela Serna Gallego’s installation, Periphrasis, uses the mechanism of flip clocks to deconstruct and reconfigure a series of words and signs to reflect on how the text-time relationship is experienced in the world today.

(Photo: Courtesy of CIFO)

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