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Non-profit Aims to Foster Development of Contemporary Art in El Salvador
Program is an initiative of the Robert S. Wennett and Mario Cader-Frech Foundation
Miami Beach/San Salvador, August 31, 2015… The Robert S. Wennett and Mario Cader-Frech Foundation announce the launch of Y.ES, an initiative dedicated to the support and development of contemporary art in and about El Salvador. To achieve this, Y.ES will undertake a series of ambitious and challenging programs, both in El Salvador and abroad that promote critical debate, cross-border collaboration, and diverse community interactions. The Foundation’s key art program, Y.ES—generation Y in El Salvador, and also a positive assertion, “Yes!”—expands upon and consolidates a decade of support for contemporary art from El Salvador.
Y.ES director and chief curator is Claire Breukel, who comes to the program from the Art Museum of El Salvador, where she was chief curator of the contemporary art program. In her new position, Breukel will help establish Y.ES within international critical dialogue by engaging some of the best contemporary artists and experts from across the globe. In addition to Breukel, Y.ES has also assembled a seasoned team of council members to offer guidance, including the founders, Salvadoran artists Simon Vega and Mayra Barraza, and El Salvador native Carolina Alvarez-Mathies, Communications Director at New York City’s El Museo del Barrio, among others.
Y.ES programs will include exhibitions, artist exchanges, art trips, guests-in-residence programs, and artist publications, as well as workshops and career support for artists in El Salvador. The initiative kicks off this November with a weeklong visit to El Salvador by artist Mark Dion and director of The Contemporary, Baltimore, Deana Haggag, who together will meet with six Salvadoran artists at Lake Coatepeque to provide insight into alternative research methodologies, conceptualizing public works of art, and the “how to’s” of showing and selling work. Plans are also in the works for a launch exhibition in Miami at 1111 Lincoln Road, a venue for exhibitions and events. The exhibition will feature an international selection of ambitious site-specific installations that explore key themes pertinent to the Salvadoran experience. Artists include found-object social sculptures by Simon Vega (El Salvador), action-based video works by Regina Jose Galindo (Guatemala) and Crack Rodriguez (El Salvador), and a music-inspired performance by Naama Tsabar (Israel/New York), who worked on a project with Breukel and the Foundation this past June.
In 2012, Cader-Frech, Breukel, and Vega teamed up to conceptualize and produce the publication Y.ES Collect Contemporary Art El Salvador, the first publication of its kind to bring Salvadoran art to an international audience. Y.ES sprung from the success of the book. “We were overwhelmed by the support for the book, which we conceived as an introduction to the expansive but little-known or documented impact that Salvadoran art has had in the international scene” explains the books initiator and co-publisher Mario Cader-Frech, who is Salvadoran.
Y.ES will look to grow its program with the support of art partners in the Salvadoran community and its vast diaspora such as the National Gallery and the Spanish Cultural Center in San Salvador and BROTKunsthalle in Vienna, as well as from art fans, many of whom visit the country for its culture, its impressive landscape, and such activities as surfing.
“We are fortunate to have been able to make an impact on the art community of El Salvador, and look forward to collaborating with the program’s partners and many friends to continue to make a meaningful contribution” say Wennett and Cader-Frech.
For more information on Y.ES, please visit www.yescontemporary.org and www.yescollectcontemporary.org
THE ROBERT S WENNETT AND MARIO CADER-FRECH FOUNDATION
For the past fifteen years, the Robert S. Wennett and Mario Cader-Frech Foundation has provided support to contemporary artists from El Salvador. This commitment began in 2000 with the coordination and support of exhibitions of Salvadoran art at the Latin American Cultural Space in Washington D.C., followed in 2004 with a partnership with the Museum of Art of El Salvador (MARTE), in San Salvador, to establish their highly regarded contemporary art program, MARTE Contemporary. In 2013 the Foundation teamed up with curator Claire Breukel and artist Simon Vega to produce Y.ES Collect Contemporary El Salvador, the first publication and bilingual e-book of contemporary Salvadoran art accessible to audiences globally. In 2015, the Robert S. Wennett and Mario Cader-Frech Foundation continues its support through Y.ES. The Foundation is led by Miami-based art collector duo Robert S. Wennett, founder of the real estate investment firm UIA Management, and Mario Cader-Frech, a Salvadoran and Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for The Americas at Viacom International Media Networks.
Links to the Robert S. Wennett and Mario Cader-Frech Foundation’s past initiatives:
· Information on the publication Y.ES Collect Contemporary El Salvador: www.yescollectcontemporary.org
· Information on MARTE Contemporary at the Museum of Art of El Salvador (MARTE):
· Information on the Latin Cultural Space: www.latinspace.org
Links to key press on Salvadoran contemporary art:
· Cisneros Collection online; “San Salvador: Silent Spring” by Luisa Funetes Guaza; Aug 2015
· Artsy online; “Art Adventures with El Museo del Barrio: El Salvador” by Rocio Aranda-Alvarado; May 2015