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BIAC Martinique set to run until 15 January

Fort-de-France (Martinique), 4 December 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).

The 1st edition of the BIAC Martinique (Martinique International Biennial of Contemporary Art) opened on 22 November 2013 and is to run until 15 January 2014.

The theme for the biennial, “The resonance of literary voices in the visual arts”, is designed to inspire dialogue between different artistic disciplines. The event coincides with the 100th anniversary of the birth of celebrated Martinican writer and politician Aimé Césaire.

With the aim of highlighting the contemporary art scene in the Caribbean region, the biennial is comprised of two main pavilions: the Pavillon International, curated by Tumelo Mosaka, who has curated exhibitions for the Krannert Art Museum (KAM) Illinois and the Brooklyn Museum; and the Pavillon Martinique, where visitors can watch local Caribbean artists creating work in situ, curated by artist Holly Bynoe, co-founder of Arc Magazine.

Tumelo Mosaka has said: “By working on resistance, rejection and retention, the artists use metaphors to call into question racial categories and their hierarchy, through intimate visual narrations, going from the literal to the imaginary.”

Margarita Aguilar named director of Museo del Barrio

New York, 3 August 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA)

Margarita Aguilar has been named director of the Museo del Barrio. She will take up her post on 12 September 2011.

The Museo del Barrio in Harlem promotes the art and culture of Latin America and the Caribbean. The institution was founded forty years ago by the artist Raphaël Montañez Ortiz and a group of artists and activists who realised that traditional museums were still not accessible to Latin-American artists. The Museo del Barrio boasts a permanent collection of more than 6,500 objects, covering more than eight hundred years of the history of Latin America and the Caribbean.

For Margarita Aguilar, this appointment is almost like a homecoming. Currently the vice-president and senior specialist of Latin-American art at Christie’s, she was a curator at the Museo del Barrio from 1998 to 2006. She will replace Julien Aguliar Zugazagoitia who tendered his resignation in March after being appointed director of the Neson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City.

According to the Art Newspaper, Tony Bechara, chairman of the board of trustees, said: “Margarita brings a unique combination of proven curatorial excellence and a long connection with El Museo, as well as a broad perspective on the Latin American art world, to her new position as director. We are delighted to welcome her back.”

MFAH to digitalise archives of South-American contemporary art

Houston, 28 June 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).

The Museum of Fine Arts of Houston (MFAH) and the International Center for the Arts of the Americas (ICAA), have decided to digitalise all their archive documents on South-American contemporary art.

Both institutions have spent $50 million on South-American and Hispanic art and have been active in this domain for the past fifty years.

More than 10,000 documents collected by a hundred researchers in sixteen different cities in the USA will thus be digitalised. The data base will boost research in this domain. The archives will be available for free throughout the world. The MFAH and ICAA aim to perpetuate knowledge about contemporary art in South-America by diffusing it on the Internet.

The archives comprise unpublished correspondences, writings and essays, as well as newspapers excerpts and reviews written by artists, art critics and academics. These documents trace twentieth-century art in South-America, the Spanish-speaking Caribbean and the American Midwest.

The project is expected to take several years and will initially focus on documents from Argentina, Mexico and the Midwest. Thirteen tomes of paper publications will also be digitalised. The digitisation of the archives will continue as long as the institutions have sufficient funds.