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BORIMIX 2017 – BoriMex

November 3 – 30, 2017

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Sociedad Educative de las Artes (SEA), Teatro LATEA & The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center Present: BORIMIX Puerto Rican Festival 2017 “In solidarity with Puerto Rico and Mexico”

BORIMeX Festival Opening and Artist’s Reception: 7:00 PM, November 3, 2017

The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center

Galleries: LES Gallery / 1st Floor & Abrazo Interno Gallery / 2nd Floor

10 Suffolk Street, NYC (Trains J/M/Z/F to Essex/Delancey)

The 2017 Festival Group Exhibition is: BoriMEX: Arráncame la vida

November 3, 2017 – November 26, 2017

Participating Artists: Zuleyka Alejandro, Carlos Ayala, Krisia Ayala, Vivian Babuts, Nathan Budoff, Edward Cardenales, Gabino Abraham Castelan, Joey Cristiano, Lionel Cruet, Luis Delgado, Amara Abdal Figueroa, Kathy Halfin, Stascia Horton, Cecilia Lopez, Luisa Monroy, Delilah Montoya, Iliana Ortega, Miguel Portillo, Julia Rivera, Jean Carla Rodea, Rafael Tufinyo, Daniel Valle, Lety Valle, Carlos Wilfredo

Mural Projects: Valente Arana, Juan Bautista Climent, Rocio Duque, Marcos Torres

Curated by Jean Carla Rodea, Valente Arana, and Miguel Trelles

Please join us for an artists’ talk on November 16, 2017 at 7:00 pm

The Borimix Puerto Rico Fest 2017 visual arts exhibition “Arrancame la vida,” will honor the camaraderie between Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in their respective native soils and throughout the United States of America. We are interested in exploring our distinct pre-Columbian heritage, the construct of colonial mestizaje and our rich history of migration and settlement in the U.S. How do these backgrounds and experiences affect our communities and relations? The exhibition invites artists working in a diverse variety of media to celebrate the commonalities and intersections created by the convivencia (shared living) Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in New York City and elsewhere.

During the first half of the 20th Century Puerto Rican musicians, writers, visual and performing artists, like many of their Caribbean and Latin American counterparts flocked to the Aztec capital. In Mexico, D.F., these artists furthered their careers and broadened a Latin American appeal crafted with distinct cosmopolitan flavor in publishing houses, galleries, museums and film studios. BoriMEX is a New York mixer inspired by the aforementioned convergence, where we will reaffirm our cultures of origin as we share our North American experience. Today, whether as immigrants or citizens, legal aliens, or dreamers, both Mexicans and Puerto Ricans have constituted Barrios throughout the United States. In our barrios and in our art we challenge each other, collaborating as we reconvene in alternative spaces and cultural hubs to craft a Latino culture for this millennium. Reggaeton and Corridos, often set the beat to our political challenges (back home in La Isla or South of the Border). Our realities in the U.S. form the back beat to a ferocious and omnivorous sensibility, a hybrid of hybrids (indigenous, colonial and post, Latin American, Latino, Latinx) nourished by a bulletproof faith in a better future for Mexico, Puerto Rico and the barrios all across the U.S.A.

Jean Carla Rodea, Valente Arana and Miguel Trelles

Borimix and Arrancame la vida Image Credit:

Miguel Trelles with Jonas Hidalgo, 2017