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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.


Encapuchada at Art Lima

La Central, Bogota presents
A project by Otto Berchem

part of
Project Rooms at Art Lima.
April 24-28
Curated by Octavio Zaya

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On February 20th, 1980 the Colombian guerilla group M19 overtook the Embassy of Dominican Republic in Bogotá. This lead to a standoff, with the hostages and guerillas remaining inside for over a period of sixty days, which produced a huge amount of coverage in the media. With their theft of Simon Bolivar’s sword six years earlier, the M19 Group exposed a talent for sophisticated and creative actions of resistance, that could also be perceived as performance art.
For Art Lima, inspired by the images of the Toma de la Emabajada, Otto Berchem works with his own chromatic code to explore one of the classic symbols of the semiotics of the Revolutions.

Un proyecto de Otto Berchem

El 27 de febrero de 1980 el M19 se tomó la sede de la embajada de la República Dominicana en Bogotá. Allí estuvieron recluidos rehenes y guerrilleros por sesenta días en los cuales hubo gran atención mediática.
Desde el robo de la espada de Simón Bolívar en 1974 el grupo M19 utilizó estrategias combativas que bien podrían ser confundidas con acciones perfomáticas.

En esta ocasión el trabajo de Otto Berchem parte de las imágenes que se difundieron durante el período de la Toma de la Embajada y, usando su propio código cromático, explora los lugares comunes de la semiótica revolucionaria.

Raw Material / Materia Prima

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Participating Galleries:
Sultana (París)
La Central (Bogota)
DiabloRosso (Panama City)
Proyectos Ultravioleta (Guatemala City)
Yautepec (Mexico City)

Participating Artists:
Stefan Benchoam, Otto Berchem, Buró de Intervenciones Públicas, Pia Camil, Aníbal Catalán, Donna Conlon + Jonathan Harker, Radamés “Juni” Figueroa, Jacin Giordano, Federico Herrero, Annie Lapin, Natalia Ibáñez Lario, Melvin Laz, Gretel Joffroy, Rachel de Joode, Jorge de León, Olivier Millagou, Sofia Novella, Gavin Perry, Calixto Ramirez, Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, Ana Roldán, Sally Ross, Diana de Solares

Raw Material” is a five-day group exhibition collaboratively developed by five galleries: Sultana (Paris); La Central (Bogota); DiabloRosso (Panama City); Proyectos Ultravioleta (Guatemala City); and Yautepec (Mexico City).

The project arose from a conversation between Sultana’s Guillaume Sultana and Yautepec’s Daniela Elbahara in Los Angeles in January and quickly transformed into an effort to bring a small international group of like-minded galleries from three continents together, in order to coordinate a single exhibition during Mexico City’s most important week for contemporary art.

The title “Raw Material” assumes a wide variety of meanings within the context of this exhibition, from the geopolitical to the poetic to the literal. Its curatorial system was thus designed to be open enough to allow each of the galleries to contribute and collaborate with a high degree of autonomy, yet without sacrificing the visual and conceptual cohesiveness of the overall exhibition. Essentially, each of the works showcased in “Raw Material” reflects a clear concern with the aesthetics and significance of its own material and materiality, although these works bridge a variety of artistic intentions and media, including sculpture, installation, painting, drawing, and video.

The exhibition will take place in an historic Porfirian-era house located at Puebla 124, in the Roma Norte neighborhood, and will be accompanied by a series of artist talks and other events throughout the week.

The exhibition will be open to the public from Wednesday to Sunday, from 12:00 – 19:00 hrs and is free of charge.

More Information: info@yau.com.mx | +52-55-5256-5533