Latin American art has been well represented in Art Marbella. Several galleries in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the United States attended the fifth edition of the international fair of modern and contemporary art, which was held, between July 30 and August 3, at the Palace of Fairs and Congresses of that Spanish city.
One of the unconditional of this artistic event on the Costa del Sol is Rofa Projects, a platform based in Maryland (United States), which promotes “the social and cultural awareness of Latin American contemporary art”. Its director is Gabriela Rosso, an old acquaintance of Arte por Excelencias, whom, of course, we have once again greeted.
Consequently, we learned that this year her proposal revolves, mainly, around the work of women artists from Latin America:
"Metamorphosis" is a collaboration between Mexican Erika Harrsch and the American musician Philipe Glass, in which she "uses her original scores to produce these pieces with butterflies, which is her main theme, along with migrations, identity or sexuality …”
For its part, the Peruvian Ana De Orbegoso uses the huacos, which are images or representations of the Mochicas civilization, from Peru. She takes those huacos (also called head-portrait) and “makes them contemporary, with resins and in various colors; she calls them neo-huacos. Take the history of your country to get closer to it, but from a more contemporary vision.
“We also have his compatriot Luisi Llosa, who works a lot on feminist issues, that's why these phrases engraved in acrylic blocks with cement inside: You had everything but no remedy / Today I am different / Some affections cannot be avoided). Those are very strong phrases. A somewhat lapidary thing.”
Besides, there are "some drawings in the air, boxes that are like floating, projections, geometries, movement ..." are pieces by Argentina's Cristina Ghetti and Gladys Nistor, who work on geometric abstraction.
The most impressive piece of the stand is a kinetic sculpture of the Bonarense Collective Doma: "Primate Involution". Created for the exhibition that celebrated the bicentennial of the independence of Argentina, it is a machine that turns in the opposite direction, demonstrating how man is again on his way to becoming a primate ...
There are also works by the Colombian Yosman Botero, which we already recognize for his particular way of painting acrylics, which he then joins to create a three-dimensional effect, very difficult to photograph, by the way.
Outside, we see several snapshots of the photographer marbellí Jesús Chacón, who also exhibits his “Miradas de una ciudad”, a three-year project in which he has dedicated himself to photograph those “faces of painters, musicians, filmmakers, actors, athletes ... who get the soul of Marbella to survive and widen”.
Gabriela confirms that Rofa Projects represents Chacón in the Americas ... and while we comment on these "invisible Moments" that the artist has captured in her city, we say goodbye, promising to see each other again in the sixth edition of Art Marbella when, surely, Arte por Excelencias will become Media Partner of the fair.
On the front page: Gabriela Rosso, director of Rofa Project, explains her project to our correspondent Yordanis Ricardo