“All Inclusive” [Group Show] – Dominican Republic
Reception: June 15th
_VIGILGONZALES Santo Domingo
Arzobispo Nouel 209, Ciudad Colonial, República Dominicana
All Inclusive, first exhibition by VIGIL GONZALES SANTO DOMINGO is a group show including works by Gonzalo Hernandez, Karlo Andrei Ibarra, Jose Luis Martinat, Charlie Quezada, Javier Barilaro, Karina Aguilera Skvirsky, Adrian Balseca and Amy Hussein.
The axis that brings together these works is a position that critically addresses social processes such as gentrification, migratory processes, subalternity and new forms of contemporary power, but at the same time also evidences a new voice that is becoming present in an encouraging and strong way from the Caribbean and Latin America, which seeks to place the contemporary art of this region in the sights of the whole world.
The work of Adrian Balseca, Amy Hussein, Karlo Andrei Ibarra, Charlie Quezada, Jose Luis Martinat, Gonzalo Hernandez, Javier Barilaro and Karina Skvirsky evokes from the personal a new way of approaching and resignifying processes of creation of history and national imaginaries from the own voice of those who inhabit and make in spaces and nations that are in times of change. Similarly, in the face of processes of extractivism, both cultural and of resources, and also how historical truths are constructed based on the vestiges and those who are capable of creating this narrative. This can be achieved through the transformation of the composition of objects into other material forms or experiences.
The space of contemporary art can be shown as a political arena where there are elements that are in dispute. From a Latin American position, this selection of works seeks a way of answering with a possibility of creation and agency that allows to reflect an artistic production that reflects the local social panorama and at the same time invites to a process of reflection and global dialogue. In the midst of the complexity of current challenges, these works represent a bold and courageous response to contemporary issues in Latin America. They stand as a space for resistance and the creation of new narratives. As the region faces profound changes and urgent challenges, these artists remind us of the importance of artistic expression as a form of resistance and social transformation.
Finally, the title refers to the all-inclusive resorts that increasingly occupy the Caribbean space and tourist areas around Latin America, often generating processes of displacement flows, this exhibition seeks a return of the gaze to the local, which gives life and value to the space and can also be seen as a point of creation and production.
Karlo Andrei Ibarra
José Luis Martinat
Karina Aguilera Skvirsky