Central America Contemporary

This blog was started by Julia Pimes and Óscar Diaz to compile an extensive database of Contemporary Art coming out of Central America and it's diasporas. We are both artists and committed to studying the region. Julia is Salvadoran and Óscar is Salvadoran as well. You can also request info in spanish info if need be. for diaspora artists they will be tagged diaspora. The cositas link is for miscellaneous things having to do with art in Central America and it's diasporas. This tumblr does not claim the rights to any of these images. cacontemporary@gmail.com for any concerns such as being removed or added etc. Óscar also runs salvadoranarthistory on tumblr as well.
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Teresa María Cevallos | Guatemala

Niña Bonita | 2014 | tinta china blanca sobre papel

Plinio Alberto Hernández | El Salvador | U.S Diaspora
Elements for a Mural on the Salvadoran Diaspora, Based on a visit to the Chapultepec Castle, Mexico City (From Madness to Hope: Fragmented Totalities II) | 2012 | Mixed media installation with video, chalk drawings on wood panels 
From the Artist:
My work examines historical, geographical, personal and familial narratives of migration, identity, memory and exile that are materialized through elements of storytelling, drawings, sculpture, collaborations, videos and performance. The impetus for my subject matter comes from the multiple episodes of migrating to and from El Salvador that I experienced as a child and the subsequent feelings of nostalgia and dislocation that have become inseparable from my artistic practice. The installation I made for Mourning and Scars comes from a visit to the Chapultepec castle in Mexico City in late 2012, the location where the Salvadoran Peace Accords were signed in 1992. My intention in visiting the castle was for inspiration and if the time and space allowed I would try to do a spontaneous performance. What came out of the visit was photographs, videos of middle school students needing a break from the overload of information that the castle houses on the beginnings of Spanish colonization history of not only Mexico but the Americas. How might fractured memories and narratives combine to create a collective story? And how do political, economic and cultural boundries function to reveal experiences of displacement and emplacement, making the body a site of physical and imaginary geopgraphies? These are the questions I explore with my work.

Plinio Alberto Hernández | El Salvador | U.S Diaspora

Elements for a Mural on the Salvadoran Diaspora, Based on a visit to the Chapultepec Castle, Mexico City (From Madness to Hope: Fragmented Totalities II) | 2012 | Mixed media installation with video, chalk drawings on wood panels 

From the Artist:

My work examines historical, geographical, personal and familial narratives of migration, identity, memory and exile that are materialized through elements of storytelling, drawings, sculpture, collaborations, videos and performance. The impetus for my subject matter comes from the multiple episodes of migrating to and from El Salvador that I experienced as a child and the subsequent feelings of nostalgia and dislocation that have become inseparable from my artistic practice. The installation I made for Mourning and Scars comes from a visit to the Chapultepec castle in Mexico City in late 2012, the location where the Salvadoran Peace Accords were signed in 1992. My intention in visiting the castle was for inspiration and if the time and space allowed I would try to do a spontaneous performance. What came out of the visit was photographs, videos of middle school students needing a break from the overload of information that the castle houses on the beginnings of Spanish colonization history of not only Mexico but the Americas. How might fractured memories and narratives combine to create a collective story? And how do political, economic and cultural boundries function to reveal experiences of displacement and emplacement, making the body a site of physical and imaginary geopgraphies? These are the questions I explore with my work.

Ernesto Bautista | El Salvador

Masas [Masses] | 2009 | Transparent lighter filled with blood

"El gesto de un encendedor común y corriente lleno de sangre está cargado de múltiples significados. La sangre hace alusiones a la vida, la violencia, la historia familiar y la pasión. Al mostrar el encendedor al espectador, Bautista induce a la posibilidad de su activación añadiendo la posibilidad del fuego. El resultado es todo lo relacionado con la sangre humana quemada, o alternativamente, el líquido rojo podría no ser inflamable, eliminando la posibilidad de su propia destrucción para auto preservarse."-Ernesto Bautista

Mariví González | Panama 

Invitados a la última cena | 2009 | digital print on archival paper

This is a talk is about the curatorial process and the works included in the exhibit La generación del encierroArte Salvadoreño. This exhibition featured work by artists who were all under 30 years of age and it happened in Costa Rica at TEOR/éTica. The talk also goes into in-depth information of artistic practices in El Salvador since 1821 to the present to provide context. It features various voices but the presenters are Mauricio Esquivel [b.1983, San Salvador], Jaime Izaguirre [b. 1985 San Salvador] 

Walter Suazo | Honduras

Corazonadas | 2012 | Composición sonora, 43 segundos, grabación de los latidos del corazón de 1 migrante deportado. catálogo transfugas 2012 Exposición de arte contemporáneo hondureño, Biblioteca Nacional, 2012, Jorge Restrepo, Celsa Flores, Gabriel Galeano, Alex Galo, Nahúm Flores y Walter Suazo

Lucy Argueta | Honduras
Olivia etérea | 2011

Lucy Argueta | Honduras

Olivia etérea | 2011

José Toledo | Guatemala
Eco | JT03011 | 2011

José Toledo | Guatemala

Eco | JT03011 | 2011

Danny Zavaleta | El Salvador

El Tur 2006 | Impresión digital Donación del artista,Colección Museo de Arte de El Salvador

Ela Spalding | Panamá

Entre suelo y concerto b | 2014 Bienal de Artes Visuales del Istmo Centroamericano

Moisés Barrios | Guatemala
La Ilustración del Pacífico | 2005 | óleo

Moisés Barrios | Guatemala

La Ilustración del Pacífico | 2005 óleo

Luis Lazo | El Salvador

Sin título | 2011 | Hybridart projects residency in El Zonte, El Salvador

Karlos Cárcamo | El Salvador | U.S Diaspora

Parked in an Exaggerated Manner, East Coast 2012
A site specific intervention consisting of a lowrider parked in an extreme angle on a city street for the duration of 2hrs and 10min. The piece is based on a video piece by Bruce Nauman titled: “Walking in an Exaggerated Manner Around the Perimeter of a Square”.

*Car courtesy of Lunatics Lowrider Club, NYC.

Romeo Gilberto Osorio | El Salvador | U.S Diaspora

Quetzalcoatl | 2002

Yanira Elizabeth Elias Rivas | El Salvador
Círculo Rosa 2009