Centro Cultural Español

A Solo Show by Santiago Espeche. From May 2nd through May 23rd, 2008.Centro Cultural Español. Miami ArtsTears from the thaw is the latest of a series of great impact compositions by Santiago Espeche, created from images obtained by Argentinean satellite SAC-C and manipulated with a special software. The show reports in a subtle way the effects of climatic change in the Argentinean Antarctica.

“For this series I choose a metaphoric form to discuss thaw, a very difficult issue, as one of the effects of global warming. I like to do it in a subtle way”, say Espeche, the son of a diplomatic couple born in Rome. “I was analyzing satellite images for months and found rich palettes that lead me to believe that there was art to be exploited. The variety in tones gives me the variety of the floor, from its topography as the energy that elements irradiate”. Espeche’s relationship with “satellite art” began soon after he started working as an administrative for the National Commission of Space Activities (CONAE, in Spanish).

Tears from the thaw will feature images in photo paper and vinyl and a video work with the launch of the SAC-C satellite and images taken in Antarctica and other places in 2000. Related to the exhibition there will be the screening of the documentaries Atrapados en el fin del mundo (Trapped at the End of the world), by Eduardo Sanchez on Tuesday, May 6th at 7:00 p.m. and The Thin Green Line on Tuesday May 13th at 7:00 p.m. Schedule is subject to changes. All activities have limited seating.

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From Feb 1st through Mar 7th, 2008.

Centro Cultural Espa?±ol. Miami ArtsCentro Cultural Español presents a photo exhibition by legendary photographer Gilles Larrain entitled Flamenco Paisajes del Alma or Flamenco: Landscapes of its Soul, which will coincide with the Flamenco Festival taking place at the newly re-named Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. (more…)

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By Dinorah Perez Rementeria

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In regards of cultural activities, November is a very busy month. Art exhibitions, conferences, literary workshops and the opening of new art galleries and alternative spaces take place in Miami, altogether. Centro Cultural Español Miami is one of those institutions that provide their public with exceptional projects like visual art shows, theatre play montages, video art cycles, performance art presentations, music concerts and dance demonstrations. The center has programmed an eloquent agenda for the month of November, comprising the overture of the exhibit “Outsider, an internal art,” the launching of the book with the same title, and the screening of documentaries related to it.

Forty-seven pieces of mentally handicapped artists from different countries, including Spain, UK, Mexico, US and Cuba, have been collected for the show.  The display contravenes the social prejudices that still persist in the art world, presenting works that may cause an undeniable visual impact on the viewers.

Joseph Beuys referred once to the importance of being consciously aware of the art making process when one is involved in it. However, we do have heard of artists who have to go through other kinds of suspicious procedures to help themselves develop their pieces. Mysteriously, the sense of “unconsciousness” gives the artist the chance to travel for more unexpected scenarios which may be translated into their work.

“Outsider, an internal art” (the book) contains written pieces by renowned authors who expose their opinions through reflective essays and poems. For example, the Spanish writer Leopoldo María Panero communicates his real experience after staying confined for several days in a mental institution. Panero’s poems testify the way a recluse feels and perceives his isolation. The essayist Ramon Almela highlights the outsider’s process of creative assimilation as an alternative aesthetic to transform reality while critic Lyle Rexer reveals the affinities between the “outside art” and contemporary artistic practices, engaging the reader in a journey to the most genuine roots of expression, the art matrix itself. Historic revelations offered by Thomas Röske prove the interconnection of surrealism with the art of the outsider. Finally, gallery owner Andy Antippas points out the need for identifying an essential space where multiple realities can coexist. The book also includes a preface by Ricardo Viera, curator of the show, as well as a summary of the artists’ biographies in words of art historian Luisa Espino.

Two documentaries will be presented as part of the program. “Un tal Eusebi,” directed by Iban del Campo, was considered the best film seen on Spanish TV in 2006, receiving numerous prizes. After his retirement from work, an elderly man feels he wants to commit suicide, but he becomes a painter instead. “What’s under your hat” written and directed by Lola Barrera and Iñaki Peñafiel tells the story of Judith Scott, a 62 year-old American sculptor who gets public recognition after living for a long period of time in a mental institution.

 

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Cara a Cara / Face to Face. From Sep 7th through Oct 26th, 2007.

Centro Cultural Español. Miami ExhibitionsCentro Cultural Español in Coral Gables is presenting the exhibition Cara a Cara / Face to Face, which showcases documentaries and a roundtable that aims to establish a series of reflections and dialogues through theoretical analysis and political experiences a well as cultural ones between both sides of the Atlantic, old colonies and ancient metropolis nowadays turned into global villages. (more…)

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