Opening Reception, Friday May 20th 7 – 10 PM
Mayami Son MachÃn< 174 NW 23 Street Miami, Florida 33127/p>
A project on Latin America, music, and gender
by Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City
The exhibition will remain on view thru July 23rd, 2011
Abner Benaim, Bhakti Baxter, Juan Brenner, BurÃ³ de Intervenciones PÃºblicas (BIP), Alfredo Ceibal, DETEXT, Juan Pablo Echeverri, RadamÃ©s â€œJuniâ€ Figueroa, Hulda GuzmÃ¡n, Jonathan Harker, Rita Indiana & Los Misterios + Noelia Quintero, Byron MÃ¡rmol, Sofia Novella, Yoshua OkÃ³n, Fabi Pina, Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa, Carla Verea/Estudio Lake Verea in collaboration with Silverio, Carlos Woods
Mayami Son MachÃn is an exhibition which aims to explore common preconceptions about Latin American identity as seen through a fantasized place called Mayami, a city cloaked in a mystic haze of glory and glamour. The title of the exhibition is derived from The Miami Sound Machine, a 90â€™s era music group, which epitomized the notion of what it means to be latino living in Miami.
Maymi Son MachÃn departs from three principal notions;
1. â€œMayamiâ€ as a referent and final destination of Latin American aspirations; both in terms of those who experience it via forced migration (economic, political, etc.) and those individuals for whom Miami becomes a Mecca of shopping and glamour.
2. â€œEl Sonâ€ referencing the intrinsic rhythm of certain Latin American countries, music in general as the identifying characteristic of Latino cultures, along with the dances formed alongside these rhythms and their relationship to a sexual identity as characterized by a Latin American exoticism.
3. â€œMachÃ®nâ€ derived from â€œmachoâ€ which encompasses those works that construct and destroy the idea of the Latin American male, both in terms of an overly inflated notion of masculinity, alongside a stereotypical and caricature-like notion of female identity.
This exhibition was organized by Proyectos Ultravioleta, an artist run exhibition space located in downtown Guatemala City. The organizers were introduced to the gallery via New Methods, a symposium presented at The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, organized by Ruba Katrib.
Carla Verea/Estudio Lake Verea in collaboration with Silverio Silverio, Ciudad de Mexico 2010 D print on metallic paper polyptich, 24″ x 16″ each