Experience El Museo del Barrio’s sixth biennial in Harlem

El Museo’s Bienal: The (S) Files 2011 is the sixth biennial of created by Latino, Caribbean, and Latin American artists currently working in the greater New York area.  The curators have focussed on innovative, cutting-edge art.

This year’s edition spreads all over the city showcasing 75 emerging artists in seven different venues.

This year’s show explores the visual energy, events, and aesthetics of the street and considers non-traditional art objects as well as works from other disciplines, including music and fashion.


More specifically, the show

“…explores how the boundaries between public/private and personal/universal are blurred by urban culture, and examines the street as catalyst for change in mainstream culture. The exhibition looks at how these social borders mix and dissolve in urban environments, and how artists use these social alterations as points of creative departure.”

The works are evocative of early New York street art movements, text and urban styles, and the creation of art works from urban debris.  Issues addressed include daily life situations, to social behaviors, to economic distress.

Featured artists represent backgrounds that span almost every Latin American country and neighborhoods City including Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx.

1. Marcos Agudelo (b. 1978, Bogotá, Colombia)
2. Sol Aramendi (b. 1968, Venado Tuerto, Argentina)
3. Firelei Báez (b. 1980, Santiago, Dominican Republic)
4. Base Collective (active since 2001)
5. Daniel Bejar (b. 1976, Bronx, New York)
6. Patricia Belli (b. 1964, Managua, Nicaragua)
7. Francisca Benítez (b. 1974, Santiago, Chile)
8. Juan Betancurth (b. 1972, Manizales, Colombia)
9. Alberto Borea (b. 1979, Lima, Peru)
10. Javier Bosques (b. 1985, San Juan, Puerto Rico)
11. Priscila de Carvalho (b. 1975, Curitiba, Brazil)
12. José Castrellón (b. 1980, Panama City, Panama)
13. COCO144 / Roberto Gualtieri (b. 1956, New York, New York)
14. Donna Conlon (b. 1966, Atlanta, Georgia)
15. COPE2 / Fernando Carlo Jr. (b. 1968, New York, New York)
16. Christian Curiel (b. 1977, Ponce, Puerto Rico)
17. Abigail DeVille (b. 1981, New York, New York)
18. Dister / Dister Rondon (b. 1979, New York, New York)
19. Flo Drake del Castillo (b. 1976, Buenos Aires, Argentina)
20. Alexis Duque (b. 1971, Medellín, Colombia)
21. Gerard Ellis (b. 1976, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic)
22. Feegz, Firo173 and Figaro / Carlos Jesús Martinez Dominguez (b. 1976, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina)
23. Felipe Galindo (b. 1957, Cuernavaca, Mexico)
24. Daniel González (b. 1963, Buenos Aires, Argentina)
25. Edwin González Ojeda (b. 1973, Brooklyn, New York)
26. Julio Granados (b. 1969, Lima, Peru)
27. Alicia Grullón (b. 1977, Bronx, New York)
28. Yasmín Hage (b. 1977, Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala)
29. Jonathan Harker (b. 1975, Quito, Ecuador)
30. Las Hermanas Iglesias (active since 2008)
31. Juan Hinojosa (b. 1980, New York)
32. Janelle Iglesias (b. 1979, Queens, New York)
33. Lisa Iglesias (b. 1980, Queens, New York)
34. INDIE184 / Soraya Marquez (b. 1980, Río Piedras, Puerto Rico)
35. Gisela Insuaste (b. 1975, New York, New York)
36. Jessica Kairé (b. 1980, Guatemala City, Guatemala)
37. Jayson Keeling (b. 1966, Brooklyn, New York)
38. Lady Pink / Sandra Fabara (b. 1964, Ambato, Ecuador)
39. Thessia Machado (b. 1967, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
40. Sandra Mack Valencia (b. 1972 Medellín, Colombia)
41. Sofía Maldonado (b. 1984, San Juan, Puerto Rico)
42. J. Manuel Mansylla (b. 1978, Guatemala City, Guatemala)
43. Mare139 / Carlos Rodriguez (b.1965, New York, New York)
44. Armando Mariño (b. 1968, Santiago, Cuba)
45. Jessica Mein (b. 1975, São Paulo, Brazil)
46. Leonor Mendoza (b. 1965, Caracas, Venezuela)
47. Carlos N. Molina (b. 1959, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico)
48. Irvin Morazán (b. 1976, San Salvador, El Salvador)
49. Felix Morelo (b. 1971, New York, New York)
50. Mösco / Alvaro Alcocer (b. 1977, Mexico City, Mexico)
51. Rachelle Mozman (b. 1972, New York, New York)
52. Felipe Mujica (b. 1974, Santiago, Chile)
53. nikoykatiushka (collaborating since 2003; b. 1978, Santiago, Chile; b. 1977, Suffern, New York)
54. Angel Otero (b. 1981, Santurce, Puerto Rico)
55. Geandy Pavón (b. 1974, Las Tunas, Cuba)
56. Antonia A. Perez (b. 1951, New York, New York)
57. Lina Puerta (b. 1969, Englewood, New Jersey)
58. Ronny Quevedo (b. 1981, Guayaquil, Ecuador)
59. Lee Quiñones (b. 1960, Ponce, Puerto Rico)
60. Hatuey Ramos-Fermín (b. 1978, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic)
61. Ishmael Randall-Weeks (b. 1976, Cuzco, Peru)
62. Justine Reyes (b. 1977, San Bernardino, California)
63. Ryan Roa (b. 1974, Tenafly, New Jersey)
64. Joaquín Rodríguez del Paso (b. 1961, Puebla, Mexico)
65. Rafael Sánchez (b. 1960, Havana, Cuba) and Kathleen White (b. 1960, Fall River, Massachusetts)
66. Rafael Sánchez (b. 1978, Newark, New Jersey)
67. Carlos Sandoval de León (b. 1975, Sabinas Hidalgo, Nuevo León, Mexico)
68. TOOFLY / Maria Castillo (b. 1977, Ibarra, Ecuador)
69. Johanna Unzueta (b. 1974, Santiago, Chile)
70. Rider Ureña (b. 1972 , Santiago, Dominican Republic)
71. VJ Demencia / René Juan de la Cruz (b. 1967, San Juan, Puerto Rico)
72. Adán Vallecillo (b. 1977, Danlí, El Paraíso, Honduras)
73. Simón Vega (b. 1972 San Salvador, El Salvador)
74. Elena Wen (b. 1980, Taipei, Taiwan)
75. Marela Zacarías (b. 1978, Mexico City, Mexico)