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Galerí­a Galou
237 Kent Avenue, 718-486-3730
September 17 - October 23, 2005
Reception: Saturday, September 17, 6 - 9 PM
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A first-of-its-kind exhibition, Venezueland features a group of emerging Venezuelan artists working in New York City in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, video, performance, new media, and sound art.

Venezueland is a virtual space where a new generation of Venezuelan artists merges and engages both in individual investigations and related creative processes. In this fertile, dynamic ground there is a steadfast pondering of memories from a country now immersed in political upheaval, and of the unstoppable flux of information generated in the urban context of New York City.

As émigrés with diverse motives and times of exile, some artists featured in Venezueland have been producing work in New York for as long as the last decade; while others have a few years in the city or are part of the recent and growing wave of Venezuela’s young, talented artists pursuing better opportunities abroad.

Some artists are immersed in the discourse of political and social criticism, identity and gender issues. Others are concerned with nostalgia, memory, displacement and beauty or engage in formal investigations of the art practice and explore the current states of the digital, Neo-Pop and Neo-Conceptual narratives.

The exhibition includes artists Mónica Brand and Francisco López, Patricia Cazorla, Valeria Cordero, Pedro Cruz-Castro, Enrique Enriquez, Pilita García, Richard Garet, Saskia Jordá, Luis Lara Malvacías, Esperanza Mayobre, Leonor Mendoza, Lucía Pizzani, Nancy Saleme and Alejandra Villasmil.

Organized by Patricia Cazorla and Alejandra Villasmil, the show pays homage to the late Venezuelan artist Elba Damast (1944-2005), who created an important body of work in New York City since the early seventies.

The Elephant Room and Other Tales of Wonder, a performance by Enrique Enriquez, will be presented on Friday, October 14th, 2005, at 7:30pm

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