Cuentos Retablados: Cargo
Cuentos Retablados: Cargo by Jahaira Ríos Campos y Gálvez and Carolina Cueva
Saturday, November 14th, 2020
Performed Live via Zoom and Facebook Live
‘Cuentos Retablados: Cargo' was a live online performance by Miami-based artists Jahaira Ríos Campos y Gálvez and Carolina Cueva, and the closing activation of Edison Peñafiel’s ‘Land Escape’ Exhibition at Piero Atchugarry Gallery.
‘Cuentos Retablados: Cargo’ is a site-specific performance consisting of two individuals walking alongside the characters in Eddy Penafiel’s ‘Land Escape’ paintings. The individuals perceive themselves as alone and isolated despite the presence of others in the space. The piece is about things carried; transgenerational, societal, and childhood traumas, things that every human being experiences. Cuentos Retablados look at them through the lens of the immigrant experience. The individuals are carrying significant objects that represent their own ties to the past, present, and future. The turning point for them is the acceptance of these burdens that weigh them down. Once we fully acknowledge and give proper care to our traumas, can we really see one another in all our beauty. When, at the end of the performance, the individuals get back in line, it is with this understanding gained of togetherness in a shared experience.
About Jahaira Ríos Campos y Gálvez
Born in the village of Rancheria in Chinandega, Nicaragua, Jahaira Ríos Campos y Gálvez immigrated to the U.S. in 1979 with her parents, fleeing the effects of civil war. Her practice is currently focused on photography, fiber arts, and performance; creating work that often intertwines the three. Jahaira creates work out of a love for investigation, experimentation and introspection. Through her artwork she delves into themes pulled from childhood experiences, motherhood, and reflections on her mixed indigenous heritage. She desires to touch on delicate subjects in a way that provokes reflection and conversations. She believes art is medicine. Jahaira received her B.F.A. from New World School of the Arts/ University of Florida and her M.F.A. from Barry University. She is one half of the Cuentos Retablados project team which Carolina Cueva and she developed after numerous conversations about their experiences growing up.
About Carolina Cueva
Carolina Cueva was born in Lima, Peru and lives and works in Miami, Florida. Cueva studied at the School of Visual arts and graduated with a BFA in 2007. Cueva is a multidisciplinary artist working in sculpture, performance, and 2D works of art. Her work examines identity, ancestry and displacement through personal narrative, history and the transcendental. Selected group exhibitions include Photo L.A, Los Angeles, CA (2017), Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, Port Angeles, WA (2019), Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, FL (2019). Selected
performances include NADA Miami, Miami, FL (2018), and Doral Contemporary Art Museum, Doral, FL (2019).
About the Exhibition ‘Land Escape’ at Piero Atchugarry Gallery
Through a piercing play on words Edison Peñafiel’s ‘Land Escape’ at Piero Atchugarry Gallery, introduces viewers to larger than life masked characters navigating the confines of their abstract backdrops. Fenced in by a barrier of barbed wire, viewers approach these portraits as outsiders and traverse the same colored planes—the forbidding partition making even more evident the separation between the viewers and the displaced characters. As a complement to this main installation, a multi-channel video displays journeys in graphic, black-and-white triptychs—simultaneously telling the beginning, middle, and end of this stories side-by-side. This exhibition opened to the public on September 16th, 2020 and will be on view until Saturday November 14th, 2020.
About Edison Peñafiel:
Edison Peñafiel creates experiences about those on the underside of the world’s major conflicts: the migrant, the laborer, the surveilled. He draws the eye to odd angles that our world often intersects at — using sculpture, animation, video, and space to create disturbing reflections of the realities we participate in and witness every day. Peñafiel was born in Ecuador and came to the U.S at seventeen years old. He is a South Florida based artist with a BFA in interdisciplinary arts and art history from Florida International University. He has presented his work at the Bass Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, when receiving the South Florida Consortium Fellowship, and the Orlando Museum of Art, where he was the recipient of the 2019 Florida Prize in Contemporary Art. For his exhibition Land Escape, currently on view at Piero Atchugarry Gallery, he was one of the winners of the Knight Foundation Arts Challenge. His work is currently on view as well at the Contemporary Art Center New Orleans in the exhibition ‘Make America What America Must Become’, and at USF Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, in the exhibition ‘Life During Wartime: Art in the Age of Coronavirus’ curated by Christian Viveros-Fauné.
About Piero Atchugarry Gallery
Piero Atchugarry Gallery presents a contemporary art program and modern art survey. The gallery opened to the public in September 2013 with a Post-War Italian art exhibition. By January 2014 the gallery moved to a large stable adapted as an exhibition space in Garzón. On December 2018, the program expanded to North America with a second location, a 9000 square feet warehouse on 5520 NE 4th Avenue in the Design District neighborhood. The participation of the gallery in what is a boiling art community that connects Europe, Latin America and both coasts of the United States represents the commitment of the program to support and present the work of local and international artists with an institutional approach.