Video of the Week: The (S) Files

Janelle Iglesias’ “Bridge and Tunnel” (found objects)

This week’s video feature is a bumper package of 9 short videos each relating to El Museo del Barrio’s 2011 Bienal: The (S) Files. The exhibition ran from June 2011 – January 2012 in numerous venues across New York. Although the exhibition has now ended it leaves behind this great online resource of interviews with the curators and artists involved – and a bit of funky music thrown in too.

The first video introduces the concepts and rationale behind the 2011 bienal theme of the street and features short interviews with curators: Rocío Aranda-Alvarado, Trinidad Fombella, and Elvis Fuentes.

“El Museo’s Bienal: The (S) Files 2011 is El Museo del Barrio’s sixth biennial of the most innovative, cutting-edge art created by Latino, Caribbean, and Latin American artists currently working in the greater New York area. This year’s edition spreads all over the city, showcasing a record 75 emerging artists in seven different venues.

Among the themes developed in The (S) Files 2011 are the influence of early New York street art movements, text and urban styles, and the creation of art works from urban debris. The variety of issues addressed by the artists range from daily life situations, to social behaviors, to economic distress.”

The 8 following videos each feature interviews with artists whose work was exhibited as part of the (S) Files:

The (S) files 2011: Meet Sol Aramendi

The (S) files 2011: Meet Juan Betancurth

The (S) files 2011: Meet Daniel Bejar

The (S) files 2011: Meet Firelei Báez

The (S) files 2011: Meet Edwin González-Ojeda

The (S) files 2011: Meet Marela Zacarías

The (S) files 2011: Meet COPE 2

The (S) files 2011: Meet NyK

Click here to find out more about the (S) Files exhibition on El Museo’s website

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