Marina Reyes Franco is a Curator at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico (MAC). In 2010, she co-founded La Ene in Buenos Aires, an itinerant museum and collection. Recent projects include El momento del yagrumo and La llave / la clave, at MAC, San Juan; De Loiza a la Loiza, a MAC en el Barrio public art commission by Daniel Lind Ramos; Resisting Paradise, at Pública, San Juan and Fonderie Darling, Montreal; Watch Your Step / Mind Your Head, ifa-Galerie Berlin; The 2nd Grand Tropical Biennial in Loiza, Puerto Rico; Sucursal, MALBA in Buenos Aires, and numerous exhibitions at La Ene.
Interactive talk with Marina Reyes Franco, curator of the exhibition El momento del yagrumo (The Moment of the Yagrumo), an exhibition that examines three central themes: the rights of nature; sovereignty and resistance; and the recovery of knowledge through artisan practices incorporated into contemporary art practices by artists located in the Caribbean and the Americas. This group of artists shares interests in a growing appreciation and study of the vernacular and approaches art from regenerative practices, the use of natural materials and local production and consumption towards a true emancipation. Others use technology and its ways of representing nature to reflect on the social and cultural effects of our exploration of the world and the universe. The "yagrumo moment" is simultaneously a metaphor for post-hurricane recovery, but also the urgency for deeper changes in our relationship with nature. The event will invite participants to reflect on these subjects through commentary on pieces by Carolina Caycedo, Grupo Thañí and Guido Yannitto, El Departamento de la Comida and Joiri Minaya.