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