Exile and “Insile”: A Conversation with Leonardo Almao and Faride Mereb
Notions of Exile co-curator Faride Mereb and Venezuelan-based artist Leonardo Almao will have an informal conversation about the political and social effects of exile — or “insile”— and migratory limbo. Watch the recording of this conversation on our Instagram page @wpadc.
*This program is in Spanish
About the Participants
Leonardo Almao has participated in various group exhibitions and received awards in salons in Venezuela such as the Salón Octubre Jóven, Salón Nacional de las Artes del Fuego, Salón Nacional de Arte Aragua, among others. Internationally, he has participated in group exhibitions in Bazancourt, Paris, Madrid, and Miami. He was recently selected for the Eugenio Mendoza #16 Award in Caracas. His solo exhibitions include “Perfect Monsters” at Museo de Arte (Valencia) and “Todo albergue es transitorio” at Galería Spazio Zero (Caracas). His recent work is based on the axiom that archeology of materials is a human archeology. He lives and works in Valencia, Venezuela, and is a graduate of the Arturo Michelena School of Plastic Arts.
Faride Mereb is a Venezuelan artist, award-winning book designer, teacher, researcher, and founder of publishing house Ediciones Letra Muerta. She currently lives in NYC with her husband, where she teaches and designs. Mereb is a visiting scholar at Columbia University exploring North and South Americas’ hybridity through its printing and book history.
About this Project
Notions of Exile is a virtual exhibition and series of programs, co-curated by Fabiola R. Delgado and Faride Mereb. The project explores the cultural influence of the largest recorded refugee crisis in the Americas—the forced migration of six million Venezuelans from their homeland—using Venezuelan writer and journalist Aquiles Nazoa’s stories of exile and migration as a metaphorical “table” around which the co-curators have gathered artists from Venezuela and its diaspora. The participants include Génesis Alayón, Leonardo Almao, Miguel Braceli, Deborah Castillo, Alexander Chaparro, Gabriela García, Mercedes Golip, Samoel González, Franklin Hurtado, Diana López, Henry Rueda, Henry Solórzano, Ugo Ulive, Graciela Yáñez Vicentini, and Luis Moreno Villamediana. Access the virtual exhibition here.