October 6 – 27, 2017
Cubaneo is a new record-breaking traveling exhibition of photo-mosaic murals,
interviews, and field recordings by Northampton, Massachusetts-based artist Mark Guglielmo. Curated by David Guerra, it runs from October 6—27, 2017 at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts.
Guglielmo’s images are a record of the ethnic and cultural heterogeneity that characterizes the Cuban people by going beyond what is commonly defined today as Cuban. Cubaneo is the term used in Cuba to refer not to the Cuban identity but to the ways that identity is expressed. Cubaneo then includes all the idiosyncrasies of Cubans including its reflection in Cubans’ unique contemporary language. While access to what’s Cuban may be achieved without even visiting the island, exposure to Cubaneo can only be achieved in Cuba, immersed and surrounded by Cubans. Only then can their behavior, including negative attitudes, their interactions and aspirations, their feelings and ways of being and living reveal itself. These mosaics capture the essence of Cubaneo, leaving behind the foreign and naïve views often used by other photographers looking to depict this island and its people.
July 20 - September 17, 2017
In REAL/IDEAL (Turning Utopia into Reality), 28 artists offer multiple ways to approach connections between an image of reality and an imagined reality. Featuring works by artists from Boston Center for the Arts’ Artist Studios Building along with work from 10 guest artists, curator David Guerra, director of A R E A Gallery, presents a show that articulates utopian dreams and illuminates what might be possible.
The exhibition itself challenges existing notions of curating in an attempt to reflect on the ideal exhibition. The works, although selected by David Guerra, are ultimately presented by the public who are asked to co-curate, design and share their personal narratives within the space through the gallery’s floor plan and the artwork.
I Spoke About You With A Lot Of Love
January 15 | 3 PM
Artists Gabriel Sosa and Mari Claudia Rodriguez both work closely with family and language to create powerful and intimate videos that explore distance, memory and Cubanidad. Join us on Sunday, January 15, at 3:00 p.m. for a screening of their respective works and a discussion with Gabriel Sosa.
Through drawing, sound, and video, Gabriel Sosa integrates his experiences as a court interpreter, translator, and Cuban-American to explore the resilience and fallibility of memory in both the criminal justice system and the reconnection between the Cuban diaspora and those on the island. Born into a Cuban family in Miami, Florida, he is a graduate of the MFA program at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. Recent exhibitions include The Yud Video Project at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, Drawing Connections at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and SKIN at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery.