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As the celebrations for the 50th Anniversary of the Inter-American Development Bank continue throughout 2009, we reflect on the history of the institution and the role it has played, for half a century, in reducing poverty and addressing many of the region’s problems. We are also reminded to examine the social and economic contributions made by individuals living and working all over the world. That is why it is with great pleasure that I welcome the public of the City of Washington, D.C., to the exhibition “Being Elsewhere: Seven Artists from the Latin American and Caribbean Diaspora in Canada,” organized by the IDB Cultural Center.

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  • BEING ELSEWHERE

    VIVRE AILLEURS

    EN OTRO LUGAR

    INTER-AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK

    CULTURAL CENTER

    AUGUST 26 TO NOVEMBER 13, 2009

  • THE INTER-AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK

    Luis Alberto MorenoPresident

    Daniel M. Zelikow

    Executive Vice President

    Roberto Vellutini Vice President for Countries

    Santiago LevyVice President for Sectors and Knowledge

    Manuel RapoportVice President for Finance and Administration

    Steven J. PuigVice President for Private Sector and Non-Sovereign Guaranteed Operations

    Vinita WatsonExecutive Director for Canada

    Peter CameronAlternate Executive Director for Canada

    George de LamaExternal Relations Advisor

    Philippe Rispal

    Division Chief of Information Management, External Relations

    THE CULTURAL CENTER

    Flix ngelDirector and Curator

    Soledad Guerra

    Assistant General Coordinator

    Anne VenaInter-American Concert, Lecture and Film Series Coordinator

    Elba Agusti

    Cultural Development Program Coordinator

    Debra Corrie IDB Art Collection Management and Conservation Assistant

    Pablo Angulo Intern, University of Los Andes, Faculty of Humanities and Education, Mrida, Venezuela

    Claudia Liliana Pezo Intern, Catholic University, Faculty of Governability and Development, Guayaquil, Ecuador

    Cataloging-in-Publication data provided by the Inter-American Development Bank Felipe Herrera LibraryBeing elsewhere : seven artists from the Latin American and Caribbean diaspora in Canada = En otro lugar : siete artistas de Amrica Latina y el Caribe en Canad = Vivre ailleurs : sept artistes de la diaspora latino-amricaine et caribenne au Canada.p. cm. ISBN10 1-59782-100-4ISBN13 978-1-59782-100-1Catalog of an exhibition held at the IDB Cultural Center, Washington, D.C., from August 26 to November 13, 2009.Text in English, Spanish and French.1. Art, Latin American21st CenturyExhibitions. 2. ArtCanada21st CenturyExhibitions. 3. Expatriate artistsCanadaExhibitions. 4. ArtistsLatin AmericaExhibitions. 5. ArtistsCaribbean AreaExhibitions. I. Inter-American Development Bank. Cultural Center. II. Added title.N6502 .B456 2009709.8 B422----dc22

  • 1BEING ELSEWHERESeven Artists from the Latin American and Caribbean Diaspora in Canada

    EN OTRO LUGARSiete artistas de Amrica Latina y el Caribe

    en Canad

    VIVRE AILLEURSSept artistes de la diaspora latino-amricaine

    et caribenne au Canada

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  • 3ForewordAs the celebrations for the 50th Anniversary of the Inter-Ameri-can Development Bank continue throughout 2009, we reflect on the history of the institution and the role it has played, for half a century, in reducing poverty and addressing many of the regions problems. We are also reminded to examine the social and eco-nomic contributions made by individuals living and working all over the world. That is why it is with great pleasure that I welcome the public of the City of Washington, D.C., to the exhibition Being Elsewhere: Seven Artists from the Latin American and Carib-bean Diaspora in Canada, organized by the IDB Cultural Center. The IDB has been a leader in the study and implementa-tion of policies that maximize the impact of earnings from work performed by immigrant populations; for example, immi-grants send a significant portion of their earnings, or remittances, home to their countries. The economic benefits derived from stronger increments of this foreign capital help local gov-ernments implement projects to raise living standards and counter the challenges posed by globalization. The Bank also recognizes the myriad contributions in the intellectual, artistic, and techni-cal arenas that are quietly being made by immigrants residing and working outside their home countries. This exhibition is but one example.

    Luis Alberto MorenoPresident / Presidente / Prsident

    Inter-American Development Bank / Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo / Banque interamricaine de dveloppement

    Washington, D.C.

    PresentacinMientras se celebra el 50 Ani-versario del Banco Interamerica-no de Desarrollo, no podemos sino reflexionar acerca de la historia de la institucin y del rol que ella ha desempeado, a lo largo de este medio siglo, en la reduccin de la pobreza y el abordaje de muchos de los problemas que aquejan a la Re-gin. La oportunidad nos induce a ponderar las contribuciones sociales y econmicas que efec-tan infinidad de personas que viven y trabajan en los diferentes rincones del planeta. Es por ello que me compla-ce sobremanera darle al pblico de la ciudad de Washington la bienvenida a la exhibicin En otro lugar : Siete artistas de Amrica Latina y el Caribe en Canad, organizada por el Centro Cultural del BID. El BID ha marcado el rum-bo en lo que respecta al estudio y la implementacin de polticas para maximizar la utilidad de los ingresos provenientes del trabajo de los inmigrantes. Una gran par-te de esos ingresos es enviada a sus pases de origen lo que se conoce como remesas, y el beneficio econmico derivado del sostenido incremento de ese capital proveniente del extranje-ro ayuda a los gobiernos locales a poner en prctica proyectos que elevan el nivel de vida de sus habitantes y contrarrestan los desafos que plantea la globa-lizacin. El BID reconoce la enor-me cantidad de contribuciones silenciosas que efectan los inmigrantes en el campo inte-lectual, artstico y tcnico de las cuales esta exposicin es apenas un ejemplo.

    Avant-proposTandis que les festivits du 50 Anniversaire de la Banque inter-amricaine de dveloppement se poursuivent pendant toute lanne 2009, nous jetons un re-gard sur lhistoire de linstitution et le rle quelle a jou pendant un demi-sicle dans la lutte contre la pauvret et la rsolu-tion de nombre de problmes de la rgion. Nous sommes galement amens examiner la contribution de diffrentes personnes vivant et travaillant travers le monde sur les plans social et conomique. Cest avec un grand plaisir que je souhaite aux habitants de Washington la bienvenue lexposition Vivre Ailleurs : Sept artistes de la diaspora latino-amricaine et caribenne au Canada organise par le Centre culturel de la BID. La BID est lavant-garde de ltude et de la mise en uvre de politiques permettant daccrotre limpact des revenus gnrs par le travail accompli par les populations immigres ; par exemple, les immigrs expdient une part importante de leurs revenus dans leur pays dorigine. Les retombes conomiques provenant dun accroissement plus significatif du volume de ces capitaux tran-gers aident les gouvernements locaux raliser des projets visant relever le niveau de vie et les dfis poss par la mondialisation. La Banque reconnat galement les contributions multiformes apportes au plan intellectuel, mais aussi dans les domaines artistique et techni-que, par les immigrs.

  • 4IntroductionCanadians with Latin American or Caribbean origins make up one of the largest non-European ethnic groups in Canada, according to Canadas official government statistics. Between 1996 and 2001, for example, the number of people report-ing Latin American origin rose by 32 percent. The Caribbean community increased by 11 percent, while the overall population grew by only 4 per-cent. Being Elsewhere: Seven Artists from the Latin American and Caribbean Diaspora in Canada at-tempts to take a closer look at the work of artists from the region who have emigrated to Canada. This exhibition is being presented by the Inter-American Development Banks Cultural Center to promote an understanding of some of the motivations behind these artists and their artistic proposals, and to demonstrate their interests in and contributions to the complex realm of con-temporary art, and Canadian art in particular. The exhibition is a result of the Cultural Centers open call in January 2009 for propos-als from artists born in Latin America and the Caribbean who legally reside in Canada. Seventy-three artists from 24 countries and the Caribbean commonwealths responded. A Selection Commit-tee reviewed all of the proposals in detail, paying special attention to originality, innovation in the arts, technical proficiency, content, and concept. The Committee also considered how the Cana-dian experience had or had not influenced the artistic proposal, and how this last might relate to contemporary art. The catalogue for the exhibition includes chronological profiles and statements by the artists themselves about their work. It is not difficult to perceive their expectations and anxieties, but it is also evident that Canada is a place that has given them many possibilities to grow and mature as individuals. It has been a rewarding experience for the IDB Cultural Center to create this opportunity for the regions artists living and working in Canada to show their work in the capital of the United States, as part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations of the creation of the Inter-American Development Bank.

    IntroduccinSegn las estadsticas oficiales del Gobierno de Canad, los canadienses de origen latinoamericano o caribeo constituyen uno de los grupos tnicos no europeos ms numerosos del pas. Por ejemplo, entre 1996 y 2001, la cantidad de residentes de origen latinoamericano que figuran en los registros gubernamentales aument el 32% y la comunidad caribea se increment el 11%, en tanto que la poblacin total no creci ms del 4%. La exhibicin En otro lugar : Siete artistas de Amrica Latina y el Caribe en Canad abriga el propsito de dedicarle particular atencin a la obra de artistas de la Regin que han emigrado a Canad. Esta muestra es presentada por el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo con el fin de pro-mover la comprensin de algunas de las razones que impulsan a estos artistas y a sus creaciones, y de echar luz sobre sus contribuciones e intereses en el complejo mbito del arte contemporneo, especialmente en el canadiens