Art Projects For The Now: LL Proyectos & Casa Ma

Art Projects For The Now: LL Proyectos & Casa Ma

—an online presentation and panel discussion on Central American based art spaces and projects
Thursday, May 18, 2023 | 6-7pm CT

In conjunction with DePaul Art Museum’s current exhibition Art for the Future: Artist Call and Central American Solidarities, Chuquimarca presents Art Projects For The Now—an online presentation and panel discussion with directors Karon Corrales and Leonardo González, from Honduran-based project space LL Proyectos, and also with Gala Berger from Costa Rican-based project space Casa Ma. Moderated by Joshua Rios, essay contributor to the Art for the Future publication.

Watch the video to learn about these two Central American based art spaces that are programming, archiving, and revising their respective localities, politics, and art histories.

About the exhibition:

Art for the Future: Artists Call and Central American Solidarities focuses on the seminal 1980s activist campaign, Artists Call Against US Intervention in Central America. Growing out of the friendships, solidarity networks, and political organizing amongst artists and activists such as Daniel Flores y Ascencio, Lucy Lippard, Doug Ashford, Leon Golub, and Coosje van Bruggen, the campaign resulted in exhibitions, performances, poetry readings, film screenings, concerts, and other cultural and educational events in over 27 cities across the United States and Canada, including Chicago. The exhibition highlights Artists Call’s history through a selection of activities and works from the 31 exhibitions and over 1,100 artists who participated in New York City and references Artists Call’s legacy today in new forms of inter-American solidarity networks and visual alliances. More info on Depaul’s website.

Panelist Biographies:

Karon Sabrina Corrales Quiñonez lives and works in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She is a cultural producer, art manager and currently independent curator. In 2016, she co-founded LL Proyectos with artist and curator Leonardo Gonzalez; an independent contemporary art project in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She has been awarded the Travel and Research grant from Foundation for Arts Initiatives (FFAI) to continue developing her independent research and curatorial projects. She was selected for the 12th Berlin Biennale Curators Workshop curated and directed by Reem Shadid; in.2021 she was part of the Young Curators Academy as part of 5th Berliner Herbstsalon of the Maxim Gorki Theatre, Berlin. In 2021 she was awarded the Prince Claus Seed Award by the Prince Claus Fund. In 2018, LL Proyectos was awarded with the “beca catalizadora” from TEOR/ética; San José, Costa Rica. She was head of programs for the Museo del Hombre Hondureño in Tegucigalpa, and Cultural producer for the Spanish Cultural Center in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Leonardo González lives in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. He is an artists, cultural manager and curator since 2003. He is currently director and co-founder of “LL Proyectos”; an independent project dedicated to producing contemporary art projects in Honduras. It focuses on experimental and collaborative projects, independent research and promotion of Central American contemporary art. He was awarded the travel and research grant from Foundation for Arts Initiatives (FfAI) for developing his independent research and work with LL Proyectos. He studied Fine Arts at the National School of Fine Arts in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and has a Bachelor degree in Social Communication.

Gala Berger is a visual artist and independent curator, currently living in Lima, Perú. Berger’s work is rooted in Latin America, and for the development of her projects she builds independent spaces. Co-founder of Casa MA [2018-2023] a community committed to the dissemination of creative practices generated by diverse identities in the territory of Costa Rica, Central America and its diaspora. In 2021-2023, the project received support from the Foundation for Arts Initiatives to develop the Relatos Extemporáneos program, a series of oral interviews with femalx artists from the recent history of Central America. These oral histories aim to recover conversations as another way to build infrastructure and create art history, reclaiming oral memory as a practice that is politically and ethically based. Berger has also worked extensively in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she is co-founder of La Ene (New Energy Museum of Contemporary Art 2010 – 2020), an experimental museum, and co-founder of the Paraguay Printed Art Fair. Also between 2012 and 2014, she directed two exhibition spaces: Inmigrante [Immigrant] and Urgente [Urgent]. She has held individual and collective exhibitions in Santo Domingo, São Paulo, Lima, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Seoul, Querétaro, Sorocaba, Medellín, Montreal, Tampere, Río de Janeiro, San Juan, among others.

Josh Rios is a founding member of Sonic Insurgency Research Group (SIRG) and faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. As a media artist, writer, and educator his projects deal with the histories, presents, and futurities of Latinx and Indigenous subjects. Recent projects have been featured at Locust Projects (Miami) and the Vincent Price Art Museum (Los Angeles). Recent publications include “What is Justice to the Dead? On Sabra Moore’s Reconstruction Project” in the exhibition catalog for Art for the Future: Artist Call and Central American Solidarities. Other projects include a series of ongoing conversations on sound and power sponsored by MARCH International: A Journal of Art and Strategy.