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“𝗕𝗼𝗿𝗻 𝗶𝗻 𝗡𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗴𝘂𝗮/𝗠𝗮𝗱𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗨𝗦𝗔” A Solo Exhibit by 𝗙𝗱𝗹𝗠 – Opening Reception
𝗡𝗬𝗟𝗔𝗔𝗧 & 𝗣𝗧𝗠 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗺𝗽𝗼𝗿𝗮𝗿𝘆 Present:
“𝗕𝗼𝗿𝗻 𝗶𝗻 𝗡𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗴𝘂𝗮/𝗠𝗮𝗱𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗨𝗦𝗔” A Solo Exhibit by 𝗙𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗸 𝗱𝗲 𝗹𝗮𝘀 𝗠𝗲𝗿𝗰𝗲𝗱𝗲𝘀
June 3 – July 2, 2023
𝗔𝗿𝘁𝗶𝘀𝘁 𝗥𝗲𝗰𝗲𝗽𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻: June 11, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
𝗟𝗼𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻: 405-B House, Colonels Row at Governors Island
Featuring works on papers from FdlM’s 𝘕𝘦𝘰𝘊𝘰𝘥𝘦𝘹 𝘚𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴 and a Peace Boxes installation, the exhibit will be open from June 3 to July 2, 2023.The show examines the disintegration of family structures and dynamics brought upon by war, trauma, migration, and loss. Often referencing revealing aspects of his own childhood, history, current events, and contemporary culture, FdlM’s work delves into the fractures that take place in the family unit and the profound impact that sociopolitical and cultural shifts can have in altering their lives and impairing their relationship. Constructed from an inventory of drawings, journal pages, photographs and found ephemera, each composition invites the viewer into a space where artistic inquiry and documentation leads to self-discovery, understanding and finding common ground.
The show will also include an installation of acclaimed “Peace Boxes” project and a brief presentation of the book entitled “Primogénito” by FdlM. The Peace boxes are being painted for the Governors Island solo exhibition in support of “New York Latin American Art Triennial – NYLAAT”
The New York Latin American Art Triennial is dedicated to organizing exhibitions of contemporary art and cultural programming through which it seeks to promote and enrich our Latin American culture.
Governors Island is a 172-acre island in the heart of New York Harbor. Just minutes from Lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn waterfront by ferry, the Island is a popular and unique destination with an award-winning park complemented by dozens of historic buildings, year-round educational and cultural facilities, a rich arts and culture program and 22-acre National Monument managed by the National Park Service.
Franck de las Mercedes is an acclaimed contemporary artist, poet & street photographer born in Masaya, Nicaragua. Arriving in Washington Heights at age 11, Franck’s experience as a child in war-torn Nicaragua along with the visual clash of New York’s graffiti and Abstract Expressionism movement played major roles in his becoming a visual artist. He is regarded as one of Nicaragua’s most important contemporary artists with a multifaceted body of work. In 2006, he achieved international recognition with his conceptual art project “The Priority Boxes” or “Peace Boxes,” created to promote peace through participatory art.Named one of “15 Artists About to Dominate 2015” by Complex Magazine, Franck is the recipient of an “Outstanding Latino” award from UCMP, the “Hearing Our Voices” award from Voices Unbroken & is profiled in the book Learning from Latino Role Models: Inspire Students through Biographies, Instructional Activities, and Creative Assignments by David Campos. His work has been exhibited in numerous national and international museums and art galleries. This year, de las Mercedes published his first book of poetry, entitled Primogénito.