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The Americas
A contemporary survey to American women art

Opening Reception: September 9, 2004 / 6:00- 9:00 pm
Exhibition Dates: September 9 - October 3, 2004


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Brooklyn (New York), August, 3, 2004.- Galer’a Galou is pleased to present The Americas, a group exhibition curated by Yucef Merhi that approaches the production of women contemporary art in relation to the geo-politic distribution of the American continent.
 
The exhibition will feature artworks in different media, including painting, drawing, photograph, sculpture, video, installation, performance, and digital art, by female artists from Canada to Argentina at Galer’a Galou, located in 237 Kent Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, from September 9 to October 3, 2004. Opening reception and performance by Karin Schneider will be held on September, 9, 2004, from 6pm to 9pm.

Since the colonization of the new world until these days, the heirs of the Americas, natives and foreigners, have been debating around issues related to their identity. The question "who are we?" has been present in the history of the Americas once and again, becoming the reason of epic battles and endless socio-political changes. As a result, the American continent became a conglomerate of unstable countries and cultures.

Previous to the arrival of European colonies, there were in the Americas several civilizations with matriarchal features where women occupied a preponderant role. Today, in the countries that belong to the ćnew continentä, discrimination against women is turning less. This change repositions women as an active and participate figure in the evolution, development, and progress of our culture.

Nevertheless, the exhibition has no pretensions of establishing a feminist discourse, according to its curator, Yucef Merhi. "The purpose of this collective show is to act as a visual dialogue platform between art producers from different corners of the American continent", said Merhi. 

All the artists invited to participate in The Americas live in the United States. Many of them are based in New York. As a point of convergence and multicultural space, New York has facilitated trades and agreements that have helped to unify and tight the relationships between the American nations. In this sense, the objective of this exhibition is to present a space of knowledge around the interests and cultural references of each artist, their countries, and the American continent.

The Americas participating artists:

Jillian Mcdonald - Canada
Emily Keyishian - US
Kelly Heaton - US
Marisa Teller’a-Diez - Nicaragua
Aixa Requena - Puerto Rico
Monika Bravo - Colombia
Isabel Ron-Pedrique - Venezuela
Patricia Cazorla -Venezuela
Karin Schneider - Brazil
Eugenia Vargas - Chile
Claudia Joskowicz - Bolivia
Tamara Kostianovsky - Argentina


ABOUT THE CURATOR:

As an independent curator, Merhi organized the Pirelli Salon of Young Digital Artists at the website of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Caracas; and Vidˇo Femmes, presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Los Angeles, the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design of Costa Rica, and The Americas Society in New York.

Merhi has lectured at the California Arts Institute, New York University, Armando Reveron University, Exit Art, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, Hunterdon Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Caracas, among others. He was jury member of the Digital Arts competition produced by CNN in 2003, as well as jury member of several exhibitions in New York.