New figures of coexistences: Patricia Dominguez and Irvin Morazán on their artistic practice and contemporary art between Latin America and New York (19:00)

New figures of coexistences:  Patricia Dominguez and Irvin Morazán  on their artistic practice and contemporary art  between Latin America and New York  (19:00)
New figures of coexistences:  Patricia Dominguez and Irvin Morazán  on their artistic practice and contemporary art  between Latin America and New York  (19:00)
Datum konání: 
Thu, 2016-03-03

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New figures of coexistences: Patricia Dominguez and Irvin Morazán on their artistic practice and contemporary art between Latin America and New York

Patricia Dominguez (Chile) and Irvin Morazán (El Salvador) both share the experience of studying fine arts in NY and their artistic careers are fundamentally connected with transitions (migrations) between both different cultures and different layers or ages of one culture existing simultaneously. In their work references to topics such as ancient cosmogonies, animism or todays’ mythical thinking encounter with a sensitive reflection of contemporary “Western” discourse where all these topics are in the centre of heated debate related to so called ontological turn in anthropology and philosophy. Large section of the talk will be focused on sharing specific professional experiences with varying cultural environments, educational systems, with a variety of artistic residencies and creative grants.

Patricia Dominguez (lives in Santiago de Chile) is a visual artist and illustrator. Her multidisciplinary work combines her fascination with cultural botany, anthropology, animism and digital culture in thinking about actual relationships among the living. Irvin Morazan (lives in Richmond, Virginia) is a multidisciplinary artist born in El Salvador. He moved to New York in the 1980s as part of the Salvadoran civil war diaspora. He eventually settled in New York, and through pursuing art, went onto become the first in his family to go to college, earn a Master's degree and become a University professor.

Organized in cooperation of tranzit.cz and Are (are-events.org) as part of the program Parallel Formats
Free entry, held in English


PARALLEL FORMATS
In cooperation with cultural, educational and art institutions, Are develops a program of international events that are linked to current artistic projects. The second phase of Parallel Formats is based on the exhibition Apocalypse Me, curated by Jan Zálešák in Emil Filla Gallery in Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic (3 March – 15 April 2016).

The exhibition project Apocalypse Me focuses on several interconnected topics that have been discussed recently in the fields of philosophy and anthropology as well as contemporary art. Post-humanism and the critique of anthropocentrism in these fields have arrived at a supposed ontological turn. The efforts to place humans and things on the same level might seem odd at first, but it is not too difficult to find reasons for this. The need for a change of perspective, and for removing humans (at least speculatively) from the center of focus is connected both to an awareness of the ecological crisis that we seem to be inevitably aiming towards, and to developments in the fields of computing technologies, artificial intelligence, biotechnologies and financial markets. Cyborgs do not necessarily need to be ruthless killing machines from the future, they are more likely to be disguised as computer networks into which our lives are more and more embedded. Even though we might be living in a utopia today, the question remains what the future might look like, and if there remains any room for humanity. The exhibition Apocalypse Me introduces works by a younger generation of artists who respond sensitively to changes that have been undergoing on the borders of nature, culture and technologies. Most exhibiting artists are from the Czech Republic, including Josef Bolf, Aleš Čermák and Michal Cáb, Martin Kohout, Vilém Novák, Anna Slámová, Pavel Sterec. The participation of the Latin American artistic duo Palo Cháán, Patricia Dominguez (Chile) and Irvin Morazán (El Salvador), plays an important role in accenting the universal nature of the topic.
 

Parallel Formats is organized in cooperation with the Faculty of Fine Arts BUT in Brno, Cinema Hraničář in Ústí nad Labem, tranzit.cz, and UMPRUM in Prague.

Parallel Formats is supported by Prague City Hall, the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, and the Embassy of Chile in Prague. A special thanks also goes to Emblem Hotel.