VISUAL ARTS EXHBITION

Stone Yucayeque/El Yucayeque de Piedra

The visual arts exhibit of Borimix Puerto Rico Fest 2021: San Juan 500 @ the Abrazo Interno and LES Gallery, The Clemente.
Co-curated by art historians Melissa M. Ramos-Borges, Irene Esteves Amador and Carlos Ortiz with Miguel Trelles.

Friday, Nov. 12 @ 7pm – Inauguration

This year’s Borimix visual art exhibition focuses on the 500 hundred year anniversary (1521/22 – 2021) of the foundation of the capital city of Puerto Rico, San Juan.

At the start of the encounter which devastated innumerable indigenous civilizations throughout the Americas to establish a large European overseas colony, the Antillean archipelago -the Taino and Caribe homestead- was precocious. The Spanish Caribbean that remains began to take shape in the 1500s. Juan Ponce de León establishes la Villa de Caparra in Puerto Rico in 1508 and by 1521 the Spanish abandon Caparra and dedicate themselves to “privileging” a small island off the North coast as their permanent base in the island: San Juan de Puerto Rico. From then on Puerto Rico is the site of a duality that endures: the Island and the islet, the native civilization and the invaders, mud floors and cobblestones and mud floors, the country (nature) and the city (urbanism). “Stone Yucayeque” aspires to reflect on how San Juan was erected on the islet, the evolution of its iconicity throughout these past 5 centuries of representations while it also seeks to honor the indigenous (naborias) and the stolen Africans, the “entrusted” and the enslaved, anonymous laborers all, responsible for carrying out the construction of a new city or stone yucayeque.

En los albores del encuentro hist rico que arrasó con numerosas civilizaciones indígenas de las Américas para erigir colonias europeas de ultramar, nuestro archipiélago antillano poblado principalmente por Taínos y Caribes fue precoz. El Caribe “hispano” de hoy empieza a tomar forma en los 1500’s. Juan Ponce de León establece la Villa de Caparra en Puerto Rico en el 1508 y en el 1521 los españoles abandonan Caparra para dedicar todos sus esfuerzos a “privilegiar” una isleta en la costa norte como su asentamiento permanente en la isla: San Juan de Puerto Rico. Inmediatamente surge una dualidad que nos acompaña hasta nuestros días: La Isla y la Isleta, la civilización autóctona y la invasora, el suelo de tierra y la loza, el campo (naturaleza) y la ciudad (urbanismo). “El yucayeque de piedra” invita a reflexionar sobre como San Juan fue erigida en la isleta y la evolución de su iconicidad a través de estos 5 siglos a la vez que honra a los naborias y africanos, mano de obra encomendada y esclava, manos anónimas, forzadas a erigir una ciudad nueva o yucayeque de piedra..

Sunday, November 13 @ 3pm: Guided curatorial virtual tour with Borges, Esteves and Ortiz. Via LATEA Remoto, LATEA FB Live and LATEA’s YouTube Channel.

HECHO IN PUERTO RICO

Four Generations of Puerto Rican Puppetry

Curated by Deborah Hunt & Manuel A. Morán

Exhibition Opening, November 18th, 2021
Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry
1 Royce Circle, Suite 101B, Storrs, CT 06268

Puerto Rico is a small island in territory but very large in talent. This exhibition presents us with a sample of the works of 4th generations of Puerto Rican puppeteers in the last 5 decades. A young both thriving puppet movement, that despite economic and political turmoil as well as natural disasters, it continues evolving and growing.  

Guided curatorial virtual tour with Borges, Esteves and Ortiz

Visita virtual curatorial guiada con Borges, Esteves y Ortiz

Saturday, Nov. 13 @ 3pm
Sábado, 13  de Nov. @ 3pm

Via LATEA Remoto, LATEA FB Live and LATEA’s YouTube Channel.

Visita Virtual curatorial guiada con Borges, Esteves y Ortiz.  LATEA Remoto, LATEA FB vivo,y  LATEA’s Canal de Youtube