David Schonauer

Everyday Latin America: Pinata Trump Bars Entry to U.S.

Everyday Latin America   Wednesday April 5, 2017

“Aquí no entra nadie": Reynosa is a border city in the northern part of Tamaulipas, Mexico, located on the bank of the Rio Grande, directly across the border from Hidalgo, Texas. The city is now decorated with piñatas made in the images of U.S. President Donald Trump. The piñatas are very popular in the festivals of the city now, notes  Mexican photographer Francisco Mata Rosas, who photographed one of them and then posted the image to the Everyday Latin America Instagram feed.   Read the full Story >>

Art News: Cuba, Then and Now

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston   Wednesday April 5, 2017

Currently on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is “Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950,” the biggest survey of Cuban art in America since a 1944 Museum of Modern Art exhibition. The exhibition examines how Cuba’s revolutionary aspirations for social utopia—and subsequent disillusionment—shaped 65 years of Cuban art. For the occasion, Art News  has republished a review of the 1944 MoMA show, which featured artists then unknown in America.   Read the full Story >>

Portfolio, 2: Havana Before the Change

feature shoot   Wednesday April 5, 2017

When photographer Joseph Romeo  traveled to Havana in March of 2014, he could not have predicted that in a few months President Barack Obama would announce his intentions to normalize relations with Cuba. Romeo photographed the streets of Havana as the country teetered on the precipice of change. “My thoughts were strictly photographic,” he tells Feature Shoot. “No politics.” Romeo found something in Cuba that was lacking in his life in the United States: an openness and willingness to trust, notes the website.   Read the full Story >>

Portfolio, 1: Andres Orjuela Repurposes Historical Photos

LensCulture   Wednesday April 5, 2017

When Bogotá’s biggest tabloid newspaper went out of business, a treasure trove of archival news photos fell into the hands of Colombian artist  Andres Orjuela. The result is his series “Archivo Muerto,” on view at Foam Talent | New York  through April 16. Orjuela “repurposes” the images using various types of modification, including  a hand-coloring technique, to underscore their unreliability as historical documents and challenge our assumptions about the truth, notes Alexander Strecker at LensCulture.   Read the full Story >>

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