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ABYA YALA: STRUCTURAL ORIGINS                                                                                          

Pre-Columbian, African, European influence and the compulsive change of the contemporary era.

«Abya Yala: Structural Origins» examines the various processes and forms of creation inspired by traditional methodologies, materials and concepts which were implemented during the different stages of cultural and intellectual growth in the American continent. This project explores the inevitable repercussions that past generations had on the aesthetic, cultural or social values ​​present in contemporary art in Latin America today. This project also refers to the evolutionary processes in the arts which have influenced the different transformations that Latin American art has undergone. In the exhibitions that make up this edition of the 2022 New York Latin American Art Triennial (NYLAAT) we also try to establish the link between contemporary art in the continent and the premeditated use of materials, elements and forms of autochthonous expression of the first inhabitants of this region from the mats, baskets, goldsmith, pottery, textiles, altars, rituals, paintings closely related to tapestry, sculptures in clay, stone, metal, etc.

Abya Yala, which means Mature Land, Living Land or Flowering Land, was the term used by the Kuna, an original nation living in Colombia and Panama, to designate the territory comprised by the American Continent. According to the historical moment lived, they referred to this territory in a different way: Kualagum Yala, Tagargun Yala, Tinya Yala, and Abya Yala, the latter being the one that coincided with the arrival of the Spanish, and which becomes a call to the unity of the peoples to keep their origin present and to continue their path following the footsteps of their ancestors. In the American continent there is a great cultural diversity, either due to the inheritance left by the cultures of the native nations, the European cultures that conquered the continent in the XVI century and their consequent process of mix-races, or due to migratory processes. (Forced and voluntary), Latin America has a large number of denominations that define this cultural diversity. This NYLAAT 2022 presents works and art proposals based on the term Abya Yala, which is itself a symbol of identity and respect for the roots of indigenous peoples. We use it as a starting point to explore the direct connection between the original practices inherited from our ancestors and contemporary art.


  • Governors Island

    Governors Island

    Governors Island (405-B Colonels Row Gallery) New York, NY 11231 September 3nd to November 16th, 2022Opening Reception: September 4th, 3 – 6 PM Artists’ Talk: TBDConference/Island Tour: TBD ARTISTS: Alexander Wtges (Panama)Carmen Vicente Jiménez (Ecuador)Consejo Ancestral Willka Yaku (Colombia)Graciela Cassel (Argentina)Jose Guedes (Brazil)Julia Magdalena Caporal…

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  • Lehman College Art Gallery

    Lehman College Art Gallery

    250 Bedford Park Blvd W, The Bronx, NY 10468 COVID-19 health and safety requirements:𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗺𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗮𝗻 𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗻𝗶𝗰 𝗼𝗿 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗘𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗯𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗲 T𝗶𝗰𝗸𝗲𝘁*, 𝗣𝗵𝗼𝘁𝗼 𝗜.𝗗. 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗼𝗳 𝗼𝗳 𝘃𝗮𝗰𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗟𝗲𝗵𝗺𝗮𝗻 𝗖𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗴𝗲 𝗔𝗿𝘁 𝗚𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗿𝘆.   September 21st to January 28th, 2023Opening Reception: September…

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  • Pace University Art Gallery

    Pace University Art Gallery

    41 Park Row, New York, NY 10038 September 23rd to October 29th, 2022Opening Reception: September 23rd, 5 – 7 PM Artists’ Talk: TBDConference/Gallery Tour: TBD ARTISTS: Allegra Pacheco (Chile)Ana De Orbegoso (Peru)Armando Mariño (Cuba)Beradahill Marcelis “Bera Bauza” (Venezuela)José Castrellón (Panama)José Chi Dzul (Mexico)Karen Macher Nesta…

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  • Longwood Art Gallery at Hostos Community College

    Longwood Art Gallery at Hostos Community College

    450 Grand Concourse (at 149th Street) The Bronx, NY 10451 October 5th, 2022 to January 6th, 2023Opening Reception: October 5th, 5 – 8 PM Artists’ Talk: TBDPablo Medina Performance Presentation: TBDPablo Helguera Performance: TBD ARTISTS: Alvaro G. Diaz-Rodriguez (Mexico) w/ Juan C. Salas, Enrique Botello,…

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  • Queens College Art Gallery | Kupferberg Center for the Arts

    Queens College Art Gallery | Kupferberg Center for the Arts

    65-30 Kissena Blvd. Flushing, NY 11367 October 14th to December 9th, 2022Opening Reception: October 14th, 6 – 9 PM Artists’ Talk: TBDConference/Gallery Tour: TBD ARTISTS: Adrian Paul Lozano Mendez (Mexico)Carlos Arturo Bentacourt Castro (Colombia)Carlos Rodrigo Cortez Mayta (Bolivia)César Cornejo (Peru)Citlally Miranda (Dominican Republic)Denisse Callisaya (Bolivia)Ed…

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  • Warburton Galerie / Urban Studio Unbound

    Warburton Galerie / Urban Studio Unbound

    PRINTMAKING SALON 16 Warburton Ave., Yonkers, NY, 10701 November 11th, 2022 to January 6th, 2023Opening Reception: November 11th, 6-9 pm ACTIVITIES PrintMaking Workshop by Julio Valdez VideoArt Projection Movie Projection ARTISTS: Adrian Arguedas Ruano (Costa Rica)Adriana Rios Medina (Mexico)Alan Altamirano (Mexico)Alex Guerrero (Dominican Republic)Alicia Candiani…

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  • JVS Project Space

    JVS Project Space

    181 E. 108th St, Harlem, NY 10029 November 12th to December 3rd 2022Opening Reception: November 12th, 5-8 pm ARTISTS: PHOTOGRAPHY:Almir BindilattiBrenda Tapia ArevaloDaniel Ernesto Martínez ReyesKarla Martínez YánezLeonardo Andres Cortina HernándezRené Serrano RodríguezRayito Flores Pelcastre & Rogelio Séptimo (Duo).

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