A Metaphor Against Oblivion
Reception: November 8, 6-8 pm
In A Metaphor Against Oblivion themes such as the impossibility of the natural landscape on an island, the excessive urban development, the abandonment of cultural heritage, and the negligence in the communities and public spaces are over layered to contrast the effects caused by failed leadership and bad management in todays society.
Los egresados Gamaliel Rodríguez y Norma Vila exponen en prestigiosa Bienal del Whitney Museum of American Art.
Norma Vila Rivero, coordinadora de la Galería de Arte de Sagrado presenta una mirada crítica a la transformación del paisaje. La artista, curadora, humanista y coordinadora de exhibiciones de la Galería de Arte de Sagrado, Norma Vila Rivero, presenta su exposición Una metáfora contra el olvido en la Galería de Arte de la Universidad de North Carolina, a partir del 8 de noviembre de 2018.
A Metaphor Against Oblivion is Norma Vilas latest conceptual body of work, inspired by two themes; landscape and absence. The exhibition consists of nine mid-size digital photographs and twelve sculptures made of Styrofoam. This collection of images and sculptures reference and criticize the notions of development by metaphorically representing the absent landscape that remains in the collective consciousness. Vila is tempted to convey the impossibility of the landscape that surrounds her by presenting a critical look at the transformation of the landscape -in the broadest sense of the word- while at the same time a contemplative view of the paradox of development in today's world.
This year's Whitney Biennial lands at a controversial time in the US. Occupy Museums, a group borne out of the Occupy Wall Street decided to focus on debt as a theme this biennial. They had a call for Debt Fair art submissions that culminated in choosing 30 artists to exhibit at the Whitney Biennial. Included in their debt theme was a special call for Puerto Rican artists affected by the Puerto Rican debt crisis. The selected artists were:
Norma Vila Rivero
Nibia Pastrana Santiago
Metro: plataformaorganizada presents two solo exhibitions: Norma Vila Riveros Desaforados and Javier Bosques Metonimia. These two exhibitions opened on May 25 and will be on view at Metro until June 16, 2012. Founded in 2011, Metro: plataformaorganizada is a space that gathers local artists, with the common goal of creating a collective base to help promote, disseminate, and facilitate art projects. This creative space is located at 174 ONeill Street (parallel to Roosevelt Avenue) in Hato Rey, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Her 2012 project Desaforados [which may be translated in many ways, including outrageous, excessive, extravagant, unbridled, out of control, or violated and transgressed, among many other meanings] includes objects, installations, and ready-mades. In this new project, by using highly symbolic objects, Vila Rivero comments on the division of power within the government, as well as abuse of power and its consequences. During all stages of humanity, people have suffered from abuse of authority by their rulers, which has caused given way to significant movements against abusive government actions; often, humans are protected against other humans, but not against the State itself, which may at times oppress with impunity, due to the coercive powers given to it by the community itself. Desaforados explores abuses of power, state protection for insiders, reaping profit, corruption, embezzlement, and the act of getting away with it, while escaping the appropriate penalties.
A political reflection on power and its hierarchy, its organization and its abuses is at the core of the Desaforados project by Norma Vila Rivero. Through several artworks created in 2012 (from objects to installations and ready-mades), the artist ponders on the relationship between the rulers and the ruled, and on the strategies put into place by the individuals to resist the domination and the excessive abuse of power of the ones who own the power. Demonstrations, riots are some of the techniques to oppose the power of those who stand at the highest ranks. Still, what can we do against the denial of justice, the corruption, the sentences that are not completed, and the impunity granted to the rulers? This endless question does not only concern one country but on the contrary concerns the whole of our leaders and is the key theme of the artworks presented by Norma Vila Rivero.
After traveling through Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, and the Dominican Republic, the Latin American emerging photography project Saltando Muros (Jumping Walls) has arrived in Puerto Rico and is being exhibited in the Museo de Arte de Ponce from November 23, 2014 until January 12, 2015.
The exhibition, organized by the FIArt Foundation and the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB for its Spanish acronym) collects the photographs of 19 artists under 35 years old, among them Puerto Ricans Julio Lugo Rivas and Norma Vila Rivero, whose works have been selected from 700 projects submitted through different national calls.
The project seeks to apply the art of photography as a tool for changing social reality and to establish an effective relationship between a museum project and the community to which it is addressed. Through an open and inclusive approach, the audience is conceived as a fundamental part of the exhibit. An interesting feature of this project is that its initiative is based on the work done on social media and the efficiency in the use and optimization of the resources to promote cultural exchange among different countries. "We urge the public to leave their comments on social media outlets using the hashtag #SaltandoMuros. Those comments will be projected on a digital screen around the exhibition" said Julio Amil, teaching artist from the Museo de Arte de Ponce.
"Saltando Muros", which documents the artists reality and includes an element of criticism and condemnation, will continue its Latin America tour throughout 2015. After passing through Puerto Rico, it will be exhibited in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, and Spain. The official website is www.saltandomuros.org
The participating artists are: Evelyn Merino Reyna (Peru), Miguel Francisco Rueda (Peru), Julio Lugo Rivas (Puerto Rico), Norma Vila Rivero (Puerto Rico), Francisco Pancho Rodríguez (Dominican Republic), Yael Duval Liriano (Dominican Republic), Chi-Hua Salinas (Chile), Víctor Anacona Ortiz (Chile), Gabriela Portaluppi (Ecuador), César Morejón Castillo (Ecuador), Sebastián Arce Manrique (Mexico), Fernando Manuel Escarcega Pérez (Mexico), Paula Jiménez (Argentina), Lola García Garrido (Argentina), Santiago Sebastián Salles (Uruguay), Vitor Pontes de Souza (Brazil), Raphael Alves (Brazil), Nicolás Combarro García (Spain), and Alberto Herrero Barceló (Spain).
Group Show- 35 Puerto Rican contemporary artists will be showing their pieces in The Gallery, located at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts in the city of Boston, Massachusetts. The opening of the exhibition is Friday, September 23 at 6:00 pm.
In collaboration with Galería Yemayá, Villa Victoria Center for the Arts present works by 35 Puerto Rican contemporary artists exploring portability through painting, sculpture, photography and video.
Guest Curator: Beto Torrens. Artists: Aby Ruiz, Abey Charrón, Admín Torres, Alberto Mier, Anabel Vázquez, Aslan, Alexis Bousquet, Bobby Cruz, Beto Torrens, Celso González, Chemi Rosado Seijo, Gerardo Cloquell, Elsa Meléndez, Edgardo Larregui, Héctor Rafael, Iván Girona, Ismo, Jorge Rito Cordero, Jason Mena, Joelly Rodríguez, Juan Negroni, Karlo Ibarra, Norma Vila Rivero, Nina Méndez Martí, Nepo, Manuel Rodríguez, Myritza Castillo, La Pandilla, Omar Velázquez, Omar Banuchi, Omar Obdulio, Quique Rivera Rivera, Vincent Diaz Negron, Yolanda Velázquez, and Zinthia Vázquez Viera.
Art in the middle: 35 years of photography in Puerto Rico is a panoramic display where, through some 130 works exploring the artistic development of photography in our island since Ramón Aboy to the Facebook generation and how they have dedicated themselves to break the mold .
This exhibition will allow you to tour over 35 years of artistic photography in Puerto Rico. You will appreciate the vision, aesthetics, experimentation and aesthetic and political commitment of the photographers who are dedicated to this art.
What began in 1977 as the National Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture is now the National Art Show. A project that has been known for presenting the best of current affairs in the arts.
In previous editions the selection of works was the responsibility of a group of professionals that made up the jury who, under the strictest criteria evaluated and selected the works and proposals submitted by local artists through open tender. On this occasion, the sample stands out as a curatorial and research devoted to a single medium, photography.
Under the curatorial approach of Dr. Mercedes Trelles Hernández, comes this extensive exhibition devoted to one of the most neglected artistic media for academic study
Brief Review by Trance Liquido Blog about Norma Vila's Solo Show at Área.
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On the shore - 9 September - 1 October 2011
Open: Wed - Fri 10 - 12 and 14 - 18 clock / Sat 10-16 clock
Selected works by Momar Seck, Nadja Athanasiou, Rittiner & Gomez, Norma Vila Rivero, Carola Cintrón Moscoso and Richard Zangger, combined with idiosyncratic Shoowa-Webmatten, luminous fishing nets and Adele Bachmann's thematic residential island.
All works have a tactile quality, which opens only when you visit the exhibition!
Norma Vila is presenting "Los Top Five" a photography series about migration at Peripher- Cultural Magazine Gallery in Zurich, Switzerland, from May 4 -29, 2011
Concrete Illusions : Public & Private Spaces in Puerto Rico / Explorando las dimensiones urbanas del Caribe est une exposition curatée par les deux artistes portoricaines Norma Vila Rivero et Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez.
Cest la première fois que la collection dart de José Hernández Castrodad est présentée aux États-Unis. Les deux commissaires ont choisi de montrer les uvres « provocantes » de vingt artistes portoricains.
Artistes participants : Karlo Andrei Ibarra, Rogelio Báez, Jesus Bubu Negrón, Michelle Gratacos, Radamés Juni Figueroa, Edgardo Larregui, Michael Linares, Sofía Maldonado, Carlos Marcial, Josué Pellot, Raquel Quijano, José Quique Rivera, Quintín Rivera Toro, Aby Ruiz, Garvin Sierra, Renier Torres, Sebastian Vallejo, Omar Velázquez et Norma Vila Rivero.
La Galería, à la Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 W. Newton St., Boston, Etats-Unis.