IRREVERSIBLE Presents GIANTS IN THE CITY PROME ENCUENTRO BIENAL ARTE CONTEMPORANEO DI CARIBE ARUBA, 2011-2012


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GIGANTENAN TA INVADI ARUBA

GIGANTES INVADEN ARUBA!
PROME ENCUENTRO BIENAL ARTE CONTEMPORANEO DI CARIBE
ARUBA, 2011-2012

ARTISTS : Edouard Duval Carrie | Jose Bedia | Alejandro Mendoza | Yovani Bauta | Othon Castaneda | Frank Hyder (guest artists USA) | Mariano Costa Peuser | Leonel Matheu | Blanca Caraballo

The present project aims to reflect the dynamism of today’s Caribbean, focussing diverse and pluralist points of view and modes of visual development on the region and its migrations, and its complexity – historical, economic, ethnic, social, and in terms of its identity and culture. Since the mid 1990s, an emerging avant-garde has been generating a new image that often daringly merges the dominant post-modern with aspects of the area’s original cultures and societies. The dynamics of this scenario include novel ways, aided by the new languages, of representing the problems of context; ways that interpret and prompt questioning of both the historical roots of the countries (and the region) and their daily existence. They also evince a Caribbean openness to discourse on the multi-cultural nature of context, projecting its hybrid identities.

PROME ENCUENTRO BIENAL ARTE CONTEMPORANEO DI CARIBE
ARUBA, 2011-2012 PRESS CONFERENCE

Fundacion Encuentro Prome Bienal di Aruba Curator Jose Manuel Noceda is a Cuban art historian and curator specialized in Contemporary Art from the Caribbean and Central America. Licensed in History of Art at the Havana University in 1984. Since 1985 Mr. Noceda is one of the curators of the prestigious Wifredo Lam Contemporary Art Center he specializes in Contemporary Art from Caribbean and Central America and it is recognized internationally as an experts in Wilfredo Lam´s  work. In 2009 he was the general curator of the X Biennial de Cuenca, Ecuador.

Co-curator: Alida Martínez, artist and cultural organizer, Fundacion Encuentro Prome Bienal di Aruba. Alida Martinez was born in Aruba. Alida followed courses at “Atelier 89”, by professors of the Rietveld Academie in the Netherlands between 1989 and 1993. In 2000, Alida opened “Martinez Art Studio Insight” in Paradera, Aruba. As owner-curator she organizes many exhibits in this gallery.

As part of the International Triennial of Caribbean Art: Art, Environment, and Identity Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo, Museo de Arte Moderno in 2010 she is awarded an special mention for Mega Bite Candy (MB Candy) installation with sound and video. Audio, video, objects, textile works. Variable dimensions.

Why Public Art Matters?

  • Cities gain value through public art – cultural, social, and economic value.

  • Public art is a distinguishing part of our public history and our evolving culture. It reflects and reveals our society, adds meaning to our cities and uniqueness to our communities.

  • Public art humanizes the built environment and invigorates public spaces. It provides an intersection between past, present and future, between disciplines, and between ideas.

  • Public art is freely accessible.

    GIANTS IN THE CITY artist Frank Hyder Encuentro Prome Bienal di Aruba
    “El Brujo”

    The opportunity of making an inflatable Sculpture was irresistible to me. The first one, “The Sentinel, 2008” was an experience filled with unknowns. The making process was as much a learning process. Its newness practically demanded that I stick closely to the standard process that everyone was following. The results exceeded my expectations, and the success was inspiring.

    GIANTS IN THE CITY artist Frank Hyder Encuentro Prome Bienal di Aruba
    “El Brujo” Baby Beach Aruba

    “El Brujo, 2009” a mural-sized shaman head, which would more directly connect with the main body of my life’s work. The newness of the scale, coupled with the challenge of 360 degrees, together with a short painting time, came together with the good fortune of working with Miguel Fleitas in a triumphant experience.

    GIANTS IN THE CITY artist Frank Hyder

    Encuentro Prome Bienal di Aruba
    “El Brujo”

    Inflatables are reinterpretations of a popular parade form transforming and challenging traditional concepts of monumental sculpture. Needing so much less, they offer contemporary artists a new possibility

    Baby Beach| Alice C. Van Romondt Chief of staff to the Minister of Economic Affairs, Social Affairs and Culture, member of the board Mr. Roly Sint Jago & Co-curator: Alida Martínez, artist and cultural organizer, Fundacion Encuentro Prome Bienal di Aruba

GIANTS IN THE CITY artist Othon Castaneda

Encuentro Prome Bienal di Aruba

Arcade’s Cavity

Arcade’s Cavity creates an ambiguous territory between the public and the private world, articulates intimacy, inaugurates a door, and creates a path. It is an inside-outside space which creates a private passageway that opens a door and set a chambered structure in the unlimited space.

GIANTS IN THE CITY artist Leonel Matheu

Encuentro Prome Bienal di Aruba GIANTS IN THE CITY
“Good Intentions”

GIANTS IN THE CITY artist Leonel Matheu

Encuentro Prome Bienal di Aruba GIANTS IN THE CITY
“Good Intentions”

Baby Beach Aruba

GIANTS IN THE CITY artist Jose Bedia

Encuentro Prome Bienal di Aruba GIANTS IN THE CITY
“Moby Dick is Back”
“The contribution of my work, if there is any, is not to meant to give a focus on the arts, or fine arts as we know them, but to try to focus to the parallel light of other areas, such as anthropology and social studies on Afro-Cuban reality, Afro-amerindias cultures. I want to incorporate every cultural presence of archaeological significance into contemporary art.”

GIANTS IN THE CITY artist Jose Bedia

Encuentro Prome Bienal di Aruba GIANTS IN THE CITY
“Moby Dick is Back”

GIANTS IN THE CITY artist Jose Bedia

Encuentro Prome Bienal di Aruba GIANTS IN THE CITY
“Moby Dick is Back”

GIANTS IN THE CITY founder artist Alejandro Mendoza

Encuentro Prome Bienal di Aruba GIANTS IN THE CITY
“Milk”

GIANTS IN THE CITY founder artist Alejandro Mendoza

Encuentro Prome Bienal di Aruba GIANTS IN THE CITY
“Milk”

GIANTS IN THE CITY founder artist Alejandro Mendoza

Encuentro Prome Bienal di Aruba GIANTS IN THE CITY
“Milk”

Baby Beach Aruba
Baby Beach is located in Seroe Colorado, on the southeast end of the island of Aruba, and is frequented by locals and tourists alike. It is named Baby Beach as the water is so calm it is safe for very small children.

Anker at Seroe Colorado Aruba
To all seaman in memeory of charles Brouns Jr. 1941-2004

Anker at Seroe Colorado Aruba
To all seaman in memeory of charles Brouns Jr. 1941-2004

GIANTS IN THE CITY founder artist Alejandro Mendoza & Noor Blazekovic with Fundacion Encuentro Prome Bienal di Aruba Curator Jose Manuel Noceda (Centro Wilfredo Lam Havana Cuba & Havana biennial )

— LATEST NEWS & EVENTS —

Giants take over Aruba!

to read full article www.visitaruba.com

http://news.visitaruba.com/manageArticle.do?dispatch=view&id=2307

WE WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND A GIANTS THANK YOU to artist Luis Salazar (Venezuela) for his unconditional support to the project!!!

Luis Salazar (Venezuela) PROME ENCUENTRO BIENAL ARTE CONTEMPORANEO DI CARIBE ARUBA, 2011-2012  children interacting with artist works.

Minister of Economic Affairs, Social Affairs and Culture, Minister Michelle Hooyboer-Winklaar, Co-curator: Alida Martínez, artist and cultural organizer, Fundacion Encuentro Prome Bienal di Aruba, GIANTS IN THE CITY founder artist Alejandro Mendoza & Noor Blazekovic founder publisher/editor IRREVERSIBLE

Member of the board Mr. Roly Sint Jago With Minister of Economic Affairs, Social Affairs and Culture, Minister Michelle Hooyboer-Winklaar & Alice C. Van Romondt Chief of staff, Co-curator: Alida Martínez, artist and cultural organizer, Fundacion Encuentro Prome Bienal di Aruba & GIANTS IN THE CITY founder artist Alejandro Mendoza and Curator Jose Manuel Noceda

Annechr & Pieter Siebinga (directeur van het Restauratiefonds) with (in white) Jody  de Jong

is someone having a good time?

enjoy our video Zeerover!

https://vimeo.com/home/myvideos

The event Encuentro Prome Bienal Arte di Caribe, Aruba 2011-2012 organized by Fundacion Encuentro Prome Bienal di Aruba receives the support from the following institutions:

GIANTS IN THE CITY ARUBA JULY 19 2012

Presenting GIANTS IN THE CITY to the Minister of Economic Affairs, Social Affairs and Culture, Minister Michelle Hooyboer-Winklaar with us Co-curator: Alida Martínez, artist and cultural organizer, Fundacion Encuentro Prome Bienal di Aruba & GIANTS IN THE CITY founder artist Alejandro Mendoza and Jose Manuel Noceda Centro Wilfredo Lam Havana Cuba & Havana biennial Curator

Presenting GIANTS IN THE CITY to the Minister of Economic Affairs, Social Affairs and Culture, Minister Michelle Hooyboer-Winklaar

Presenting IRREVERSIBLE to the Minister of Economic Affairs, Social Affairs and Culture, Minister Michelle Hooyboer-Winklaar

GIANTS IN THE CITY PROME ENCUENTRO BIENAL ARTE CONTEMPORANEO DI CARIBE
ARUBA, 2011-2012

ARTISTS : Edouard Duval Carrie | Jose Bedia | Alejandro Mendoza | Yovani Bauta | Othon Castaneda | Frank Hyder (guest artists USA) | Mariano Costa Peuser | Leonel Matheu | Blanca Caraballo

“I AM HERE” Yovani Bauta
Oranjestad, Aruba Fundacion Encuentro Prome Bienal di Aruba & GIANTS IN THE CITY founder artist Alejandro Mendoza & artist Frank Hyder
Artist Edouard Duval Carrie
“ANTI ART MAN” artist Mariano Costa Peuser
Arcade’s Cavity artist Othon Castaneda
“Moby Dick is back” artist Jose Bedia
“Good Intentions” artist Leonel Matheu

The Caribbean is the setting for a few established biennials and triennials in an island setting, and fosters collective exhibitions of some importance, which in various ways and on different scales display the region’s contemporary artistic activity. Establishing a new, regular exhibition on Aruba thus implies taking account of these preceding events, publicizing them and the related exhibitions, and participating in a wider dissemination of contemporary Caribbean art. The Aruba biennial is planned to function as a platform or stage: a cycle of activities over some months will reflect a variety of thematic interests related to the current Caribbean milieu and its art. It will also foster the area’s relations with other geocultural zones having similar characteristics and problems; and it will invite, as special guests, recognized creative people from the Caribbean and elsewhere, to exhibit their work on Aruba and share the fruits of their experience with the Aruban artists.

Oranjestad, Aruba Co-curator: Alida Martínez, artist and cultural organizer, Fundacion Encuentro Prome Bienal di Aruba & GIANTS IN THE CITY founder artist Alejandro Mendoza & Jose Manuel Noceda

“Giants in the City” is a monumental public art show series & a traveling exhibit that includes performances and interactive programs committed to attract national and international cultural exchanges implementing cultural diversity through the involvement of international, national, and local artists and/or collaborations with community organizations accomplished through our diverse programs: each year we have the opportunity to be part of international cultural exchanges allowing “Giants in the City” to consistently foster the development of harmonious relationships between artists, through deepening awareness in the arts, and contributing to the world diversity at vast with a creative monumental message.

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GIANTS IN THE CITY Inflatable Sculptures Public Art Project: An International Traveling Exhibition
Mission
To incorporate giant inflatable art sculptures within the city in public spaces. To propound the importance of art in the existing urban landscape. To celebrate the possibilities offered by this giant format, giving to the community and to the general public a contemporary visual art experience as never seen before.
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GIANTS IN THE CITY  founder Alejandro Mendoza

“The creation of Giants in the City was born out a desire and necessity to express my work on a giant scale and to allow access to a massive interaction within all sectors of the community.”

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PRESS CONFERENCE
Oranjestad, Aruba Co-curator: Alida Martínez, artist and cultural organizer, Fundacion Encuentro Prome Bienal di Aruba & GIANTS IN THE CITY founder artist Alejandro Mendoza

Artist and cultural promoter Nelson Gonzalez PRESS CONFERENCE PROME ENCUENTRO BIENAL ARTE CONTEMPORANEO DI CARIBE

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