Artists

Puerto Rico

Marta Mabel Peréz
Dream and Long

13.08.08 26.09.08

Marta Mabel is an artist and museologist who uses photography as one of her main means of expression. Since 2005 she is Manager of the Artist Assistance Program (PROA), Art Museum of Puerto Rico. San Juan, Puerto Rico. Researcher for excellence, she travelled to Argentina for the first time to carry out an exploration residency. Her research focused on getting to know the culture of the city, exploring the citizen territory with her camera to record and capture its spirit through the photographic image.

With images from her photographic archive brought from Puerto Rico, she is working on the design of the future installation Sueña y Anhela that will be exhibited in the Polyglot Hall at the end of her residency.

BIO
Marta Mabel Pérez
1968 | Lares, Puerto Rico.
Lives in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

STUDIES
1997 | MFA, Academy of San Carlo, National Autonomous University of Mexico. Mexico DF, Mexico.
1991 | BFA, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus. San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Seminars on Modern American Art and Architecture American University, Washington DC. USA.

EXHIBITIONS
2006 | Between Islands: Island Issues, Casa Aboy. San Juan, Puerto Rico.
2006 | Road Project. Canary Islands, Spain.
2002 | Enfrascados, Raices Gallery. San Juan, Puerto Rico.
1999 | Urban Garden, X Cerveira Biennial. Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal.
1999 | Infrastructure / PR under construction, Untitled Gallery. San Juan, Puerto Rico.
1998 | Insularismo, Untitled Gallery. San Juan, Puerto Rico.
1997 | Lo Cotidiano, Untitled Gallery. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

AWARDS
2006-2007 | Scholarship. Basic Grant Program for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Institute of Puerto Rican Culture. San Juan, Puerto Rico.
2005-2006 | Scholarship. Basic Grant Program for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Institute of Puerto Rican Culture. San Juan, Puerto Rico.
2002-2003 | Scholarship. Basic Grant Program for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Institute of Puerto Rican Culture. San Juan, Puerto Rico.
2001 | Best Contemporary Media Installation. International Association of Art Critics, Chapter of Puerto Rico. San Juan, Puerto Rico.
2000-2001 | Scholarship. Basic Grant Program for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Institute of Puerto Rican Culture. San Juan, Puerto Rico.
1998-1999 | Scholarship. Puerto Rican Fund for the Financing of Cultural Activities, Institute of Puerto Rican Culture. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

COLLECTIONS
Academia de San Carlo, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico.
San Ángel Cultural Center, Mexico.
Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito de Arecibo. Arecibo, Puerto Rico.
Museum of Contemporary Art of Puerto Rico. San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Ponce Art Museum. Ponce, Puerto Rico.
Museum of Art of Puerto Rico. San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Museum of History, Anthropology and Art, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus. San Juan Puerto Rico.

Related Activities

Exhibitions

Dream and Long
Marta Mabel Peréz

13.08.08 26.09.08

Pérez stands out in photography. Her work deals with both the migratory processes of Puerto Ricans and the situations that affect the Puerto Rican society. She currently lives and works in San Juan, Puerto Rico where she works as Manager of the Assistance Program (PROA) at the Museum of Art of Puerto Rico.

DREAM AND LONG (por Alicia Candini)

Puerto Rico was a Spanish colony since its discovery in 1493. For centuries, the British Empire fought for possession of the island until in 1898, as a consequence of the Spanish-American War, the territory was given to the United States of America. Five decades later, in 1952, the island obtained the status of Free Associated States, a territory not incorporated into the United States but governed by its own Constitution.

Many believe that after more than 400 years of history under the colonial system, the Puerto Ricans have made a historic feat in their attempt to adapt to this contradictory reality, assuming the duality or cultural fragmentation to which they were and are exposed. While discovering the complexity of these migratory processes, the dichotomy of speaking Spanish in an English-speaking country and of feeling Latin American while carrying a US passport; the artist constructs a fragmented and multiple identity that replaces the uselessness of trying to define it in a linear way. Thus, the exhibition Sueña y Anhela is made up of the photographic work of Marta Mabel Pérez Entre Islas: ISLOS ISSUES and a select series of videos: The reception (2006), The arrival (2006), The tour (2006), Exam for American Citizenship (2007) and Fully Bilingual (2005-2008). The works present the Canarian, Dominican and Puerto Rican migratory movements where emigrants yearn for the past and dream of the new life that the American dream promises. In the documentation of her father’s trip to return to the Canary Islands, the artist tells us their story – the story of immigrants relocated to new territories – but, while doing so, she inevitably refers to us – herself and the members of her generation appropriating and re-signifying a culture with one foot on each coast of the Caribbean Sea─ finally articulating the you (us) who, as Latin Americans and in a world of permeable borders and global implications, share many of those processes of plurality and polysemy identity.

Related artists

´aceNITE, Encounters, Exhibitions

We, You, They
XV Open Get Togethers - Festival of Light

13.08.08

Proyecto´ace
Artist-in-Residence International Program

View map

International Airport

Ministro Pistarini- Ezeiza (EZE)
Buenos Aires
45' to 60' trip

Domestic Airport

Aeroparque Jorge Newbery
Buenos Aires

Buses

38, 39, 41, 42, 59, 63, 65, 67, 68, 151, 152, 161, 184, 194 and 168 (stop in the front door)

Subway/Metro

D Line (Green)
Olleros Station (4 blocks, 4')

Train

Mitre Line (either to Leon Suarez or Mitre)
Colegiales Station (1 block, 1')

The Latin America's Paris

Buenos Aires is Argentine Republic's capital city. With 15,000,000 inhabitants, it is one of the largest cities in Latin America and one of the 10 most populous urban centers in the world. Its cosmopolitan and urban character vibrates to the rhythm of a great cultural offer that includes monuments, churches, museums, art galleries, opera, music and theaters; squares, parks and gardens with old groves; characteristic neighborhoods; large shopping centers and fairs. Here we also find a very good lodging facilities, with accommodation ranging from hostels to five-star hotels of the main international chains. Buenos Aires also show off about its variety of restaurants with all the cuisines of the world, as well as to have cafes and flower kiosks on every corner.

A neighborhood founded on the Jesuit farms in the 17th century

We are located in Colegiales neighborhood where the tree-lined streets, some of which still have their original cobblestones, invite you to walk. Although the apartment buildings advance, low houses still predominate. It is a district of the city where about 20 TV production companies, design studios, artist workshops and the Rock&Pop radio have been located. The neighborhood also has six squares, one of which pays homage to Mafalda, the Flea Market, shops, restaurants and cafes like its neighboring Barrios de Palermo and Belgrano, with which it limits.

Proyecto´ace
Artist-in-Residence International Program

Open Call #3
Residencies 2021-2022
Deadline July 31th, 2021

 

Available SLOTS

Check FAQs

 

Subscribe to our newsletter