This month and through April 2007 we are excited to unveil the art exhibition, “PANAMA: Paintings created in the Congo aesthetic traditions, today, developed and practiced at Taller Portobelo in Portobelo.” The exhibition invites 10 Panamanian artists to Sub-Basement Artist Studios, in Baltimore, MD, as we host these artists and their artwork, for the first time in the United States.
The exhibition will debut 40 paintings of artwork that reflect the Panamanian culture and history of the Congos. The Congos, as you may know, are descendants of Africans who liberated themselves from bondage through a series of wars fought against the Spanish crown during the colonial period in Panama. The artists will deliver a powerful compilation of artwork that commemorates the struggle and celebration of Panama’s heritage, while reflecting the rituals, spirituality, music and dance, past and present.
The opening for the show is set for Saturday, March 31, 2007 and celebrates the inter-cultural project, Taller Portobelo. Taller Portobelo, was established in the early 1970s, and is now a collective facility that offers artists, students and invited guests a painter’s studio, a small gallery and housing. Taller Portobelo, in conjunction with Taller Portobelo Norte, is a sister joint venture in Atlanta, GA with Spelman College, that coordinates several art and cultural immersion programs throughout the year.
The artists include: Virgilio “Yaneca” Esquina; Virgilio “Tito” Esquina; Gustavo Esquina de la Espada; Ariel “Pajarito” Jiménez; Manuel “Tatu” Golden; Reynaldo Esquina; José “Moraitho” Angulo; Sandra “La Bruja” Eleta; Fahamu Pecou and Arturo “Fuga-Fuga” Lindsay. These Panama natives are not only respected painters and sculptors, but are also performers of music and dance as well.
Curated by, Amy Sherald
Premiere: Saturday, March 31,2007
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Exhibition duration: March 31st– April 21st 2007