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DFLA Spotlight: A Tribute to Resilient Haitian Art and Artists

Frantz Michaud    Wednesday March 29, 2017

New York-based commercial and fine-art photographer (and DFLA reader) Frantz Michaud calls his new book Colorful Dreams of Haiti/Rêver d'Haïti en Couleur  an “hommage to a resilient Haiti and to the prestige and indestructibility of Haitian art.” Michaud’s photographs touch on the various corners of Haiti, focusing on artwork, Haitian artists, major personalities in the world of Haitian art and culture, and institutions. French and English texts by physician and writer Dr Jean-Robert Léonidas examine the history of Haitian art. “It is meant to value the artistic glory of Haiti and to deservingly honor Haitian artists and sculptors,” notes Michaud.   Read the full Story >>

Latin American Fotografia: Bear Guerra Photographs Ecuador's Cofan Community

By David Schonauer   Wednesday March 29, 2017

Los Angeles-based photographer Roberto Bear Guerra, a winner of the Latin American Fotografia 5 competition, recently journeyed along the Aguarico River in eastern Ecuador to document the lives of the indigenous Cofan community with anthropologist Michael Cepek. The Cofan, notes Cepek, have over the decades suffered "invasion, enslavement, missionization, and epidemic disease." Guerra's work shows they don't fit into Western stereotypes.   Read the full Story >>

DFLA Spotlight: Orestes Gonzalez's "Julio's House"

Orestes Gonzalez   Wednesday March 22, 2017

New York-based fine-art photographer and architect Orestes Gonzalez is a winner of the Latin American Fotografia 5 competition, and his work is featured in this year’s “Los Diez” traveling exhibition of LAF work. Gonzalez is also bringing out a new book from Kris Graves Projects called Julio’s House  featuring images taken inside his late uncle’s Little Havana home. The work deconstructs Gonzalez’s preconceived idea about the life of the Cuban-American man and reveals a new narrative entirely.   Read the full Story >>

Trending: How Argentina Is Staking a Claim to the Art Scene

THE ART NEWSPAPER   Wednesday March 22, 2017

At the recent Arco art fair in Madrid, Spain, curators and dealers were busy elevating the names of Argentinian artists, including Luis Garay, Diego Bianchi, Alejandra Seeber and Sol Pipkin. This new-found visibility will carry through to other art events, such as the Venice Biennale and Pacific Standard Time LA/LA, notes The Art Newspaper, which describes how Argentina is remaking itself as an important name in the international art scene through a sustained effort around the globe.   Read the full Story >>

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