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Pauline de Souza

was born in Trinidad, Cuba, in 1970. In 1994 he graduated from the Superior Institute of Art in Havana. In 1992, while still studying, he joined Los Carpinteros (The Carpenters), a Havana art collective. In 1994 the group decided that they would only sign their work as a collective. For them, art, whether physical or conceptual, was about collaboration. They intended to challenge cultural assumptions about cityscapes and public spaces by creating architecture that would get people to really look at their surroundings and the buildings.

Arrechea’s career as an artist took off when he received a grant from the Spanish Ministry of Culture, allowing him to spend five months in Spain. International recognition of Los Carpinteros occurred in 1998, when they showed at the International Contemporary Art Fair (ARCO), held in Madrid, Spain. They gained further recognition with their installation Transportable City (Ciudad transportable ...

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Flora González

María Campos-Pons's multipanel photographs, installations, and performances often portray a mythic or ironic view of the self-portrait. She often uses her own body as a canvas onto which she inscribes symbolic messages that define her individual self in terms of domestic rituals and her national identity in relation to mythic origins.

Born in Matanzas, Cuba, to parents who labored in and about the sugar industry, Campos-Pons enjoyed the benefits of a universally free education instituted in Cuba after the 1959 revolution headed by Fidel Castro. She received her artistic training at the National School of Art (1980) and the Higher Institute of Art (1985), both in Havana. In 1988 she attended the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. Subsequently, she married Neil Leonard an American and established residency in the United States Her works have been exhibited throughout Europe and the Americas since ...

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Fredo Rivera

known for his provocative performance- and installation-based artworks, was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 1965. He moved to the United States with his family as a child. Désert attended Cooper Union and Columbia University in New York City, studying architecture. His works often broach themes of identity and provide a conceptual critique of social and cultural practices. After his education in the United States, Désert relocated to Europe by the 1980s, where he participated in several artist residencies and exhibitions.

Désert received acclaim for two large works broaching identity and global politics at the turn of the twenty-first century. In The Burqa Project: On the Borders of My Dreams I Encountered My Double’s Ghost the artist constructed burqas out of the flags of France Britain the United States and Germany and draped them over mannequins Contributing to debates regarding the role of burqas in Islamic societies and conceptions ...

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Zoya Kocur

was born Benjamín Osorio Encarnación on 10 June 1955 in Santurce, Puerto Rico, the son of Benjamín Osorio Rivera, a World War II veteran and a clerk at a Gulf oil refinery, and María Luisa Encarnación de Osorio, a registered nurse. Osorio’s paternal grandfather was a socialist and mayor of Carolina, and his mother’s father was a landowner in Barraza, Carolina.

As a visual and performance artist, Osorio is known for large-scale installations that merge conceptual art and collaborative artistic processes. Osorio defines his art as “social architecture,” engaging audiences and participants in building new relationships based on the exploration of social phenomena and community dynamics. Osorio’s projects generate dialogue by bringing real-world social environments (courtrooms, living rooms, jails) into galleries and museums, and by introducing art into unexpected exhibition environments (such as local businesses and private homes).

From childhood Osorio was attracted to the aesthetics of everyday life from ...

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Maja Horn

was born in 1961 in Barahona, in the southern part of the Dominican Republic. Pineda studied architecture at the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo from 1978 to 1981, and lithography at the Bordas Studio in Paris in 1989. He was part of a new generation of Dominican visual artists and participated in the Colectivo Generación 80, which was formed in 1980 by young artists to contest their exclusion from exhibition spaces claimed by an older generation of established artists. The collective’s work was shown in various group exhibits in the early 1980s, and several members would become some of the most successful and respected artists in the country, Jorge Pineda prominently among them. In his early career, Pineda was recognized for his work in print and drawing, and he exhibited internationally in Cuba, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, France, Spain, Italy, Norway, the United States, and Canada.

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María Elba Torres

was born in Barrio Playa, in the municipality of Ponce, on 26 January 1956. He received an M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1986 and a B.F.A. from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico in 1978. He studied at the Miguel Pou School of Visual Arts and the Museum of Art in Ponce, Puerto Rico, from 1970 to 1974. He has exhibited his work throughout Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the United States.

Rodríguez Ballester s art focuses on representations and visual explorations related to oral histories memory mythology ritual and cultural Afrodescendant identity all along a transnational spectrum In recent exhibitions he has appropriated cultural objects and historical artifacts in installations that integrate assemblage books paintings drawings engravings Internet materials and new media electronic devices as a way to access the past and reinterpret the present in a trans Caribbean ...

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Marion Arnold

South African sculptor and installation and video artist, was born in Cape Town, South Africa, to Bernard and Grace Searle. Of mixed race, with ancestors from Mauritius, Saudi Arabia, England, and Germany, Searle was classified as Coloured under apartheid legislation. She studied at the Peninsula Technikon for a year, then at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, gaining her bachelor’s degree in 1987 and her higher diploma in education in 1988. She taught for two years before taking a postgraduate advanced diploma in fine art in 1991. In 1995 she graduated with a master’s degree in fine art (University of Cape Town) for a body of work titled Illusions of Identity—Notions of Nationhood. Searle lectured in sculpture at the University of Stellenbosch, Western Cape (1996–1999), resigning to work as a full-time artist. She lives in Cape Town but travels widely to work.

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Kim Miller

South African artist, writer, and human rights activist, was born in Lichfield, England, in 1941. Williamson’s family emigrated to South Africa in 1948, just months before the Nationalist Party came into power. Raised in what was then the Western Transvaal, Williamson studied journalism at the University of Natal (Durban). In 1969 she achieved a fine arts degree at the Art Students League of New York. Williamson returned to South Africa in 1969 and received an advanced diploma in fine arts from the Michaelis School of Fine Art in Cape Town in 1984. She became a South African citizen in 1990, once it was clear that apartheid was coming to an end.

As artist Sue Williamson is highly respected for her involvement in human rights organizations associated with the antiapartheid movement and for her efforts to make visible the experiences of people and communities who were marginalized ...