Latin America and the Caribbean Displaced Images / Images in Space
The 4th Poly/Graphic Triennial of San Juan, Latin America and the Caribbean is an international cultural event sponsored by the Government of Puerto Rico, led by The Institute of Puerto Rican Culture (ICP) and coordinated by its Fine Arts Program. Created in 2004, the Triennial promotes experimentation in the graphic arts, while proposing a unique curatorial theme. This edition’s curatorial team is comprised by Chief Curator Gerardo Mosquera (Cuba), and curators Vanessa Hernández Gracia (Puerto Rico) and Alexia Tala (Chile).
It has been said that we live in the age of the image and no longer in one led by the text, but it could be specified that we are also in the age of the displaced image. The current ubiquity of images has conducted to their multiple transformations. Images shift among different techniques, media, contexts, and cultures, transforming themselves. They are appropriated and re-signified – being recycled for new uses — travelling and spreading vertiginously around the world, in a visual tsunami that surrounds us.
The 4th Triennial will examine the formal, methodological and conceptual shifts and hybridizations of the graphic image across different fields, media, backgrounds, habits, and senses, as well as their coming out to three dimensional space. It will reinforce the expanded, instrumental and decentralized nature of contemporary graphic arts, which can take us to the point of talking about a post-graphic art. While the aim of the Triennial is to present the “poly” outbreak of the current graphic arts, it will also include examples of traditional printmaking articulated in an expanded field. It will feature artists from Puerto Rico, Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as Latino artists residing in the United States, including Myrna Baéz, Fernando Bryce and Carlos Garaicoa solo shows, as well as important interventions in the public space.
This ambitious edition will include exhibitions, education programs, events, and publications throughout Puerto Rico, expanding beyond the capital city to integrate spaces at the periphery and in other municipalities.
Image: Francisca Aninat, de la serie Sudamérica, N. 4, 2012