Monthly Archives: March 2014

WE’RE SO VERY MIAMI! at Diablo Rosso

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Fabrizio Arrieta | Stefan Benchoam | Otto Berchem | José Castrellón |
Donna Conlon / Jonathan Harker | Karlo Ibarra |Miky Fábrega | Pilar Moreno | Humberto Velez

Diablo Rosso Presents – We’re So Very Miami!



Panamá, four hours south of Miami as the plane flies, is the new “Hub of the Americas”: a global link for world commerce, a city proud of its rapid economic growth and booming construction industry, and a popular destination for residential tourism (mainly for American retirees).

Panama City has always looked up to Miami, but the Miami it aspired to become is the Miami of fantasies, that mysterious place in the United States somewhere near Disney World where your aunt lived, where your wealthy friends went shopping, where the best Carnaval in the world happened (because it’s the Capital of Latin America), the city of Miami Vice that Gloria Estefan calls home, and a place so nice it had a type of window named after it. Therefore, we really have no trouble when we’re told (derisively) that our city looks just like Miami.

We must be doing something right. This may not be the only city that aspires at becoming Miami —and it’s always Miami, never New York—but in our hearts and minds it’s the one that’s gotten the closest. Panama, full of aspirations and ever striving to become a first world metropolis, has in the last decade been blessed by constant growth and emerged largely unscathed from the global economic meltdown, thus becoming a city that is “more Miami than Miami itself.”

The real Miami, on the other hand, has been the proud bearer of epithets like “the magic city” ever since being conceived by Julia Tuttle, and remains a fertile fount of stereotypes that still inform our tropical glamorous Latin American identities.


SOME VARIABLE MEASURES at Espace Culture, Université Lille

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10.03.14 – 18.04.14

Opening: 10.03.14 at 6:30pm

Espace Culture – Université Lille 1

After putting your perception and knowledge to the test (Otto Berchem, Magdalena Fragnito di Giorgio), and discovering works which scrutinise measurement in order to better cast it into doubt (Jean-Pierre Raynaud, Stanley Brouwn), you will plunge into evaluation, critique and the caustic views of three artists on contemporary art (Ben, Marcel Broodthaers, Présence Panchounette). It will then be up to you to feel that you have shed your complexes to be able to evaluate contemporary art according to your own criteria!

Université Lille 1

Cité Scientifique, 59655 Villeneuve d’Ascq, France

+33 (0)3 20 43 69 09

Opening hours: Monday-Thursday, 9h30-18h00

Friday, 10:00am-1:45pm