|Images by Mariana Tonarely.|
The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) celebrated the grand opening of Fleeting Imaginaries as this year’s Grants & Commissions Program exhibition. As it is customary, the winners are part of the annual exhibition dedicated to the program at the CIFO Art Space. This year’s exhibition will be open until November 2, 2014.
The twelfth edition of CIFO’s Grants & Commissions Program features works by emerging artists: Pablo Accinelli (Argentina), Nayarí Castillo (Venezuela), Marcellvs L. (Brazil), Carlos Martiel (Cuba), Mateo Pizarro (Colombia) and Adrian Regnier (Mexico) and mid-career artists: Claudia Joskowicz (Bolivia), Rosângela Rennó (Brazil). Also for the first time since the inception of the program, two artists were simultaneously chosen for the prestigious Achievement Award: Teresa Burga (Peru) and Antonieta Sosa (Venezuela) have earned the prestige and admiration of the contemporary art world. Their work will also be part of Fleeting Imaginaries.
The title of the exhibition refers to the development of that which is imagined and the symbolic production of shared images. Although we are accustomed to identifying images that correspond with one specific culture or identity as if they were each clearly differentiated, in reality, imaginaries in themselves are uncertain entities: that which “we do not know or are about to know.” A fleeting imaginary points out a redundancy because the imagined cannot be fixed; it is something which is in permanent displacement. Although they may be as divergent as they are coincidental, the proposals for CIFO’s 2014 Grants & Commissions Program exhibition have been gathered under the redundancy of this title to highlight this aspect that is a common ground among them: the idea of continuous displacement that transpires in different ways.
“Our commitment to investing and supporting contemporary artists in Latin America remains unwavered,” said CIFO Founder Ella Fontanals-Cisneros. “In the twelfth edition of the Grants & Commissions Program, we have increased our financial support and are very proud to honor this year’s award recipients. This group of artists has created innovative, thought-provoking pieces that challenge and push art concepts and boundaries.”
The CIFO Grants & Commissions Program offers emerging, mid-career and established contemporary artists from Latin America the opportunity to develop and present new work to both local and international audiences in Miami. Each year, the artists are nominated by CIFO’s Honorary Advisory Committee of leading art professionals, curators and artists from around the world. The program has been known to springboard artists into the next level by allowing them the opportunity to work in ideal conditions. The awards recognize outstanding projects by emerging artists and honors the trajectory of mid-career artists.
The programs rewards unpublished works from the emerging and mid-career artists. This year, the Foundation presented two Achievement Awards, recognizing the contributions of established artists who will benefit from significant international exposure and recognition.
Also returning this year is CIFO’s partnership with Cannonball, an Artist Residency based in Downtown Miami, to award one of the artists in the Grants & Commissions Program with a two month residency. CIFO’s Board of Directors selected Carlos Martiel, from Cuba for the residency where he will spend the months leading up to the exhibition focusing on creating his project.
For more information about CIFO and the Grants & Commissions program, visit www.cifo.org