*Franky Piña / Chicago Mientras mi pulgar se desliza dócilmente sobre la pantalla de mi esmartfon, comienza a brotar la ilustración de un trabajador esencial excepcionalmente grabado. La figura es reconocible; la conforman millones y millones de puntos cromáticos que se proyectan en la pantalla de cristal líquido y trazan un trabajador del campo estadounidense en esta nueva era de Acuario y de Covid-19. La forma prodigiosa y el contenido punzante hacen de una propuesta conceptual una obra maestra del grabador Carlos Barberena.
Essential Worker by Carlos Barberena. Linocut on Shopping Bag. 2020
La pieza de arte se titula “Essential — For Your Colonizer Comfort”. Mi reacción primera es de consumidora compulsiva, mas insurrecta. Comprarla para regalo fue mi impulso (“sólo podemos dar lo que ya hemos dado” subrayó el poeta Borges), el mensaje visual es agudo, un verdadero chingadazo de realidad: un cuerpo de mujer o de hombre cubierto con un paliacate que hace las veces de cubre bocas, quizá sea para protegerse de los pesticidas o acaso sea para protegerse del inmundo virus. Su postura erguida cargando una cubeta con calabazas evoca a esas miles de fotografías que por décadas hemos visto de los trabajadores inmigrantes en los campos de California, Florida, Washington, Michigan y entonces no nos decían mucho. We took them for granted!
Essential Worker by Carlos Barberena. Linocut on Shopping Bag 2020
Hoy a esos trabajadores se les denomina oficialmente “esenciales” aunque su salario siga siendo miserable y las condiciones laborales sigan siendo indignas. Me queda claro que sin el trabajo áspero de sus manos y la extenuación del trabajador inmigrante, Estados Unidos no hubiera sobrevivido la pandemia. ¿Quién está dispuesto a dejar el confort del sofá y abandonar el confinamiento para irse al campo a cosechar la naranja, el jitomate, el brócoli, la arúgula y los micro cultivos para ensaladas de productos orgánicos 100 por ciento verificados?
El Maestro Barberena lleva por lo menos tres décadas trabajando con el tema de la migración, lo hizo en Costa Rica cuando emigró de Nicaragua, 1986, y lo ha hecho en Estados Unidos desde que emigró a Washington en 2008. Ya en Chicago realizó tres grabados memorables sobre el mismo tema: Los refugiados (2010), Santo Pollero (2011) y Riding the Beast (2011).
Essential Worker by Carlos Barberena. Linocut on Shopping Bag 2020
La técnica es de factura impecable y ahora en la serie “Essential — For Your Colonizer Comfort” la calidad no podía ser menor. La obra de Barberena desconoce la involución y su temática es la del demiurgo del buril que sabe llevar el pulso del momento histórico y político que le ha tocado vivir. Así que retoma al trabajador del campo y lo reviste de dignidad, y lo coloca en el centro de la contemplación y la reflexión.
Le arrebata a “los nobles” los atributos simbólicos del retrato de los poderosos: la aristocracia y el clero, y se lo otorga a los trabajadores más expuestos al abuso y a la esclavitud moderna: el trabajador agrícola, el empacador, el estibador. Con motivos floripondiosos y barrocos honra a estos nuevos personajes esenciales en cualquier campo de cultivo, en cualquier punto del orbe. A través de estas magníficas impresiones en bolsas para el mandado elaboradas con papel de grabado, BFK Rives, el artista nos invita a deconstruir el concepto esencial y descolonizar nuestro pensamiento para en verdad observar, reconocer y respetar el trabajo y la vida de aquellas trabajadoras y trabajadores que con su labor hacen posible que en nuestra mesa no falte un alimento digno esta noche.
*FRANKY PIÑAes gestora cultural, activista por los derechos de la comunidad transgénero, escritora apasionada del arte y directora editorial de El BeiSMan. En Chicago, ha sido cofundadora de revistas literarias como Fe de erratas, zorros y erizos, Tropel y contratiempo. Es coautora del libro Rudy Lozano: His Life, His People (1991). Participó en las antologías Voces en el viento: Nuevas ficciones desde Chicago (1999) y Se habla español: Voces latinas en USA (2000). Ha editado varios catálogos de arte: Alfonso Piloto Nieves Ruiz: Sculpture (2014), Barberena: Master Prints (2016) Raya: The Fetish of Pain (2017), Wolfram: We Are Capable People (2019), entre otros.
About this Event: "POSADA: The Godfather of Latin American Printmaking" José Guadalupe Posada(1852-1913) was a Mexican Printmaker and illustrator known for his satirical and socio-political prints and cartoons. His more critical work shows us the social injustices and inequality during the Porfiriato (1876-1911) but also he illustrated with mastery the spirit and everyday life of the Mexican People. One of his well-known satirical prints is “La Calavera Garbancera or La Catrina”, a print that has become an icon during the celebration of el Día de Muertos / Day of the Dead. In this presentation Barberena will be talking about Posada’s legacy and how his social-political work has influenced artists in Mexico and Latin America until this day. About the Artist: Carlos Barberena (b.1972) is a contemporary Nicaraguan self-taught Printmaker best known for his satirical relief prints and the use of images from pop culture, as well as from political and cultural tragedies. His work has been shown nationally and internationally in Art Biennials, Museums, Galleries, Universities and Cultural Centers. He has received various awards, most notably the “National Printmaking Award 2012” given by the Nicaraguan Institute of Culture. Barberena’s work is included in numerous public and private collections. Currently Barberena lives and works in Chicago.
AAHVS Visiting Artist Series Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm Carlos Barberena (b.1972) is a Nicaraguan self-taught printmaker based in Chicago, where he runs the printmaking projects Bandolero Press & La Calaca Press. He is also a member of the Instituto Gráfico de Chicago. Barberena is known for his satirical relief prints and the use of images from pop culture, as well as from political and cultural tragedies. He has exhibited individually in Costa Rica, Estonia, France, Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain, and the USA. His work also has been shown in art biennials, museums, galleries and cultural centers around the world.
Open to the public. To join this Zoom meeting please RSVP to Bill Fick - email@example.com (RSVP must be received by 10/27) Sponsored by the Visiting Artist Series of the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies.
"Progressive Transition" - PRINT SALON - Latin American Art Triennial
"Salao" Woodcut by Carlos Barberena
"Progressive Transition" - PRINT SALON - Latin American Art Triennial Curated by Alexis Mendoza & Luis Stephenberg OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22nd, 6:00PM - 9:00PM ON VIEW: NOVEMBER 22, 2019 – JANUARY 22, 2020 BORICUA COLLEGE ART GALLERY, BORICUA COLLEGE, BRONX, NY Bronx Campus 890 Washington Ave.Bronx, NY 10451
Artists: Coco144, Liliana Avalos, Elie Angles, Carolina Bazo, Carlos Barberena, Eliezer Berrios, Betty BP Cole, Luis Cordero, Pepe Coronado, Ada Pilar Cruz, James Cuebas, Elsie Deliz, Marcos Dimas, Carlos Jesús Martínez Dominguez, Alex Fernández, Linda Fernández, Reynaldo García Pantaleón, José Gómez, Emma González, Diana-Gitesha Hernández, Rafael Lanfranco, Miguel Lescano, Rejin Leys, Vidho Lorville, George Malave, Carlos Pamparana, Lynn Ratner, Yelaine Rodríguez, Moses Ros, Fernando Ruíz Lorenzo,Roger Santiváñez, Gonzalo Salas, Juan Sánchez,René de los Santos, Minerva González Suvidad, Nicolás Tarnawiecki, Nitza Tufiño, Paola Paula, Palen Obesa, Susan Olivera, Patricia Orbegoso and Jorge Zavala.
Progressive Transition PRINT SALON Latin American Art Triennial Fall 2019
The Boricua College Art Gallery is pleased to present Progressive Transition, part of the 2019 Latin American Art Triennial organized by the Bronx Hispanic Festival Inc. This exhibition is in collaboration with El Taller Boricua de Grabado (The Boricua Printshop), Taller Cono Norte and Pepe Coronado Print Studio.
The broad range of Triennial artists includes representation from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay and Venezuela. The project will create awareness of the rich international network with Latin American artists, many with strong links to New York City.
Progressive Transition explores the action and effect of moving from one state to another. More broadly, the project shows the drive towards transformation in the arts. The artists’ need to “feel part of something” that can likewise be recognized and defined by others will be explored within the exhibition. The work on view represents the artistic transition seen against a landscape of societal progress. The project highlights cultural exchange and, at its core, examines the implications of transition on an evolving Latin American culture.
"The Jungle" (after Lam)
Linocut by Carlos Barberena, 2010
In a globalized setting, Progressive Transition seeks to understand the particular need for affirmation in search of healing with regards to the spaces left behind within the sphere of immigration. Transition moves forward both for society and on a personal level. The flowering of change —of transition — is to be seen everywhere in the field of creativity. Just as muralism in Mexico marks a reflection of national content, newly emerging cross-cultures expand into multiple, sometimes competing identities. New terms used in the United States such as Newyorican, Chicano, Dominica-ish or Latinx, all impact the artistic and personal sense of identity. The inability to continue relying on traditional identities encourages an interest in emerging new identities. The artists represented in Progressive Transition belong to a variety of different generations. They have found motivation as regards to notions of immigration, religion, social justice, history and environmental awareness-raising, examining problems relevant to them, and underscoring that Latin American art has its roots in the sociopolitical. Latin American art benefits from the recent increase in the number of artists— – linked by language— who live and work all over the world. They circulate internationally and influence the rising generation, making ever more types of communication possible in a world of ever-expanding, transitioning identities.
Progressive Transition is organized by Alexis Mendoza, New York Latin American Art Triennial Chief Curator, and Luis Stephenberg, New York Latin American Art Triennial Director.
"THE PETTY BIENNIAL.2" Curated by Courtney Cintron, Sabrina Greig, and Adia Sykes
OPENING RECEPTION: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7th, 5:00PM - 7:00PM ON VIEW: NOVEMBER 7, 2019 – FEBRUARY 14, 2020 GLASS CURTAIN GALLERY, COLUMBIA COLLEGE, CHICAGO Gallery Hours: Monday-Wednesday, and Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
With more than 100 biennials and triennials around the world, the large-scale international events have been a valued mode of artistic display in contemporary exhibition practices that have fueled the mass production and consumption of contemporary art. Used as a means to flex global status and distinction, the hegemonic format is a frequent topic of debate and critique. The Petty Biennial.2 is an exhibition project that seeks to challenge and reimagine dominant biennial culture by centering multiple cultural diasporas as a nexus of local exchange and dialogue for marginalized and queer communities.
The Petty Biennial.2 engages with pettiness as an act of seizing agency within the telling of one’s own story. Pettiness is a claiming of space. Pettiness creates a space where one asserts themselves unapologetically, confronting a society that values and privileges whiteness above all, while finding solidarity from a community of peers. Pettiness is therefore a performative gesture that seeks liberation through exposing, and finding humor in oppressive social systems.
The Glass Curtain Gallery will serve as the project’s anchor site, with two satellite locations at Heaven Gallery in Wicker Park and NYCH Gallery in Pilsen. The exhibition will feature the work of sixteen participating artists across the disciplines of painting, drawing, printmaking, performance, photography, sculpture, installation, and video.
Participating Artists include: D. Denenge Duyst-Akpem, Alexandria Eregbu, Liz Gomez, Jacquelyn Carmen Guerrero, Jesus Hilario, Jennifer Ligaya, Damon Locks, Zakkiyyah Najeebah, Carlos Barberena de la Rocha, Amina Ross, Luis A. Sahagun, Edra Soto, Yasmin Spiro, Raelis Vasquez, Rhonda Wheatley, and Santiago X
The Petty Biennial.2 Glass Curtain Gallery – Columbia College Chicago 1104 S Wabash Ave, 1st Floor, Chicago, IL 60605 November 7, 2019-February 14, 2020 Opening Reception: November 7, 2019 5-7 p.m. Gallery Hours: Monday-Wednesday, and Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.Thursday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Heaven Gallery 1550 N Milwaukee Ave, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60622 December 6, 2019-January 19, 2020 Opening Reception: December 6, 7-11 p.m. Gallery Hours: Friday & Saturday 1-6 p.m. Sunday 1-5 p.m. or by appointment
NYCH Gallery 2025 S Laflin St, 1st Floor, Chicago, IL 60608 Opening Reception: January 10, 6-10 p.m. Gallery Hours: Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
About The Petty Biennial
The Petty Biennial, co-founded by La Keisha Leek and Sadie Woods, is not a biennial itself, but a curatorial investigation towards queering the canon of traditional biennials. Every two years, the founders pass the curation of the project on to a new team. This exhibition project that complicates dominant narratives of contemporary cultural, social, political norms. Inspired by digital media, this project embodies “petty” or “clapback” culture as a disruption in respectability politics and a performative assertion in the contemporary art world. It is a response to classist views towards communities of color and peripheral art practices. At the intersection of race, gender and sexuality, featured artists showcase a range of regional and national perspectives unique to North and Central America and the Caribbean. In 2017, Leek and Woods worked with academics, cultural producers, and curators to select artists for the inaugural Petty Biennial. The project selected seventeen artists for its exhibition produced Arts + Public Life of the University of Chicago along with an additional nine artists for ancillary programming produced in partnership with The Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry, Black Cinema House, and OpenTV.
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
ON VIEW: November 1st – December 1st, 2019 Pilsen Outpost Gallery Artist Talk and Printmaking Demo: Thursday, November 14th, 6-9PM
Pilsen Outpostcordially invites you to an outstanding exhibition, titled: "Graphic Resistance" Relief Prints by Carlos Barberena
Artist Talk & Printmaking Demo: Thursday, November 14th, 6-9PM
Carlos Barberena is a Nicaraguan self-taught Printmaker based in Chicago, where he runs the printmaking projects: Bandolero Press & La Calaca Press. He is also a member of the Instituto Gráfico de Chicago.
Barberena is known for his satirical relief prints and the use of images from pop culture, as well as from political and cultural tragedies. He has exhibited individually in Costa Rica, Estonia, France, Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain and The United States of America. His work also has been shown in Art Biennials, Museums, Galleries and Cultural Centers around the world.
He has received various awards including: SPARK’s Grant, Chicago Artists Coalition & the Joyce foundation; the “National Printmaking Award 2012” given by the Nicaraguan Institute of Culture in Managua, Nicaragua; “Parchemin d’Honneur”, 8 Triennale Mondial de l’Estampe et de la Gravure Originale, AMAC, Chamalieres, Auvergne, France and the award- poster for the Ecology and Human Rights in Banana Plantations in Costa Rica, given by GEBANA in Berlin, Germany.
He has been in such residencies as the Taller de Formación y Producción Gráfica, Antiguo Colegio Jesuita, Patzcuaro, México and Cross Currents: Cultural Exchange, Chicago-Havana. Barberena’s work is included in various public and private collections.
"Madre de Ayotzinapa"
Exhibition runs from November 1st through December 1st, 2019
Tonight: an Artist talk at the Chehalem Cultural Center at 6:00PM & a Solo Exhibit at the Minthorne Gallery, at 7:00PM in the George Fox University
NEWBERG, Ore. – A free art exhibit featuring the work of a Chicago-based printmaker, Carlos Barberena, will be on display in George Fox University’s Minthorne Gallery beginning Monday, Sept. 16, through Friday, Oct. 25. The gallery is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit, titled “Graphic Resistance,” features relief prints by Barberena, a native of Nicaragua who runs two printmaking projects, Bandolero Press and La Calaca Press. The event begins with an artist talk on Monday, Sept. 16, at the nearby Chehalem Cultural Center, 415 E. Sheridan St., from 6 to 7 p.m. A reception follows in George Fox’s Hoover Academic Building from 7 to 8 p.m. Barberena is known for his satirical relief prints and the use of images from pop culture, as well as from political and cultural tragedies. He has exhibited individually in Costa Rica, Estonia, France, Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain and the U.S., and his work has been shown in art biennials, museums, galleries and cultural centers around the world. “In my art, I have consistently reflected on the cycles of repression and resistance and its relationship to the diaspora in which I have lived, throughout dictatorship, revolution, erasure, renewal, hope, dictatorship and repression,” Barberena said of his work. “I create to counteract the great silence around repression occurring globally, believing we are all intimately connected to it. I seek to demystify the ‘foreign’ experience, to bridge the distances that life across the border or wall produces, but also, the difference in the content of these experiences.” More information on the exhibit is available by contacting Jennifer Salzman, university director of exhibitions and collections, at 503-554-2634.
Resistencia Gráfica: The Prints of Carlos Barberena
Saturday, August 10, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM Museum of Latin American Art
Resistencia Gráfica: The Prints of Carlos Barberena Viva Events Center Artist printmaker Carlos Barberena will discuss his development as a self-taught artist as well as his involvement with a number of artist collectives and studio workshops, including Instituto Gráfico de Chicago. Barberena's print, Mater Dolorosa, is featured in MOLAA’s current exhibition, Gráfica América and depicts the mother Álvaro Conrado, a student killed at a protest against Nicaragua’s repressive government. A printmaking demonstration and opportunity to create a print with the artist will follow the presentation. Free with paid museum admission / Members Free Gráfica América workshops are sponsored in part by the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. About the artist: Carlos Barberena is a Nicaraguan-American printmaker currently based out of Chicago, Illinois. He is founder of Bandolero Press, La Calaca Press, and co-founder and member of Instituto Gráfico de Chicago. His works examine the effects of historic and contemporary political events throughout the Americas, particularly on his homeland of Nicaragua.