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  • Writer's pictureJosely Carvalho

Absence/Presence:Latinx and Latin American Artists in Dialogue | June 9 – October 9, 2021

group exhibition featuring:

Laura Aguilar, María José Arjona, William Camargo, Josely Carvalho, Carolina Caycedo, William Cordova, María Adela Díaz, Marcos Dimas, Dominique Duroseau, Christina Fernandez, Coco Fusco, Regina Galindo, Jay Lynn Gomez, Ken Gonzales-Day, Alicia Grullón, Martine Gutierrez, Hudinilson Jr., Magali Lara, Guadalupe Maravilla, Narsiso Martinez, Patrick Martinez, Ana Mendieta, Joiri Minaya, Delilah Montoya, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Claudia Peña Salinas, Claudio Perna, Manuel Antonio Pichillá, Sophie Rivera, Sandy Rodriguez, Miguel Ángel Rojas, Francisco Toledo, unknown: pre-Columbian Huari hat, Juana Valdes, Patssi Valdez, Patricia Valencia.

"ANOTHER SPACE is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition Absence/Presence: Latinx and Latin American artists in Dialogue. Guest curated by independent curator and art historian Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, the exhibition examines the dynamics of exclusion and violence affecting Latinx and Latin Americans, as well as artists’ strategies to embody justice and creative and personal freedom. Scheduled to open on June 9th, ­­2021 Absence/Presence will feature artists from twelve different countries, diverse ethnicities, and multiple generations in a conversation around three intersecting themes: affectivity, justice and self/being.

Taking a decolonizing approach, Absence/Presence presents works by 36 artists from the Caribbean, Central and South America, as well as artists of Latin American/Caribbean descent born or residing in the U.S. Challenging conventional representations of Latinx and Latin American identity, the exhibition examines the system of forced absence and conditional presence, as well as a history of creative and poetic presence beyond societal restrictions. In addition to documenting violence and oppression, Absence/Presence highlights the participating artists’ shared legacy of political activism, artistic experimentation, and their search for alternative, decolonized futures."

Vessel #41 / Affectio photo credit: Javier Tellez

Affection is a sweet fragrance, syrupy notes of coumarin, maltol, amber. A smell that transports us to childhood moments where burnt sugar, condensed milk, and balsamic scents become fond memories of what was left behind. Affection, intense and caramel, a provocation of desire and an open appetite. The intuitive smell incites breaking frontiers.

The smell of Affection, a bodyless body, an invisible presence, an affirmation of being.

By affect, I understand affections of the body by which the body’s power of acting is increased or diminished, aided or restrained, and at the same time, the ideas of these affections. Espinosa, Benedictus de, Ética III, Def 3


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