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Esperanza Cortés
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Williamsburg



ARTIST STATEMENT: My interest in the folk art traditions, art rituals, music and dance of Latin America, The Caribbean and Africa and their continuous, evolving changes are at the core of my sculptures, paintings, installations and interventions. I utilize a wide variety of materials and artistic methods often in combination with reworked found objects that are impregnated with cultural symbols that act as sites of memory. These hand crafted artworks create an intimate repository for individual and collective memory and implement the human body as a symbol and expression of nature, vulnerability and power. My recent work examines the extent to which a consciousness, national or personal, defines itself through the opposing force of a transcultural experience. Physicality informs my practice through body memory. As a former afro latin dancer, my work seeks to underscore and use sacred space and the patterns of dance and percussion. I use music and fragments of histories as departure points to investigate and build the structure and space of the installations. Esperanza (hope) is a guiding force in the making of the work, which is a call and response to people, culture, place and history. My installations which are organic and improvisational constructions are infused with hope and renewal. My artwork which is poetically and intricately crafted encourages viewers to reconsider social and historical narratives especially when dealing with Colonialism and raises critical questions about the politics of erasure and exclusion.
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ARTIST RESUME:


ESPERANZACORTES
www.esperanzacortes.com

BIRTHPLACE BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA


SELECTED AWARDS
2018
JOHN SIMON GUGGENHEIM MEMORIAL FOUNDATION: FINE ARTS FELLOW: New York, NY
BRIC Media Arts Fellowship: BRIC, Brooklyn, NY
2017
LOWER MANHATTAN CULTURAL COUNCIL: Creative Engagement Grant, New York, NY
2016
New York State Council on the Arts: Sculpture space Fellowship, Utica, NY
National Endowment foe the Arts: Sculpture space Fellowship, Utica, NY
2014
JOAN MITCHELL FOUNDATION: Painters & Sculptors Grant, New York, NY
VISIONARY AWARD: Elders Share the Arts, New York, NY
2013
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE: Art In the Embassies Program, American Embassy - Monterey, Mexico
THE PUFFIN FOUNDATION: Project Grant - Booster Chair for Death Row, Teaneck, NJ
2011
smARTpower Program: finalist U.S. Department Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, DC

SELECTED RESIDENCIES
2019
Artist in Residence: McCOLL CENTER FOR ART AND INNOVATION, CHARLOTTE, NC
Artist in Residence: Artist Space, New York, NY
2018
Artist Studios Residency: MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN, New York, NY
Artist Mentoring Program: SMACK MELLON GALLERY, Brooklyn, NY
Artist in Residence: Artist Space, New York, NY
2017
Artist in Residence: BRIC Workspace Program, Brooklyn, NY
Artist in Residence: Artist Space, New York, NY
Artist in Residence: Ace Hotel, New York, NY
Artist in Residence: Caldera, Sister, OR
Artist Mentoring Program: Smack Mellon Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2016
Artist in Residence: Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans, LA
Artist in Residence: Sculpture Space, Fellowship - NY State Council on the Arts, NEA, Utica, NY 2015
Artist in Residence: Webb School of Knoxville, Knoxville, TENN
Artist in Residence: SPARC PROGRAM, LMCC, Department of Cultural Affairs, New York, NY
Artist in Residence: Bronx River Art Center residency at Conti’s Pastry Shop, Bronx, NY
Artist in Residence: Intergenerational Portraits of our Community, 2014
Artist in Residence: Intergenerational Project, MSAP, Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn, NY
Artist in Residence: Intergenerational Portraits of Home, Jeannette Solomon Award, Brooklyn, NY 2013
Artist in Residence: Morningside Center, Jeannette Solomon Award, New York, NY
Artist In Residence: Isabella Geriatric Center, Intergeneration Mural Project, New York, NY

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS AND PERFORMANCE INTERVENTIONS
2019
SONATA OSCURA, SMACK MELLON GALLERY, Brooklyn, NY
SONATA OSCURA, THOMAS HUNTER PROJECT SPACE, Hunter College, CUNY, New York, NY
DANCE INTERVENTION, MCCOLL CENTER FOR ART + INNOVATION, Charlotte, NC
CANTÉ JONDO, Residency Culmination Exhibition, McColl Center for Arts + Innovation, Charlotte, NC
2018
LA CUMBIAMBERA, Media Arts Fellowship Screening, BRIC, Brooklyn, NY
SONATA OSCURA, GALERÍA DEL BARRIO, LMCC Creative Engagement Grant, New York, NY
SONATA OSCURA, Jadite Gallery, New York, NY
2017
OJO, BRIC, BRIC GALA, Brooklyn, NY
OJO, CALDERA Residency, Sisters, OR
2016
Work in Progress, SCULPTURE SPACE, utica, NY
2015
Not the Emerald City, Webb School Gallery, Knoxville, TENN
OJO, Outdoor Community Installation Intervention, Knoxville, TENN
Earth Poem, Outdoor Intergenerational Community Installation Intervention, Knoxville, TENN Whitewashed, House Gallery 1814, Philadelphia, PA
2014
A Feather in Each Hand, Taller Boricua Gallery, New York, NY
2013
Entre Sombras - Site of Memory, The Lorenzo Homar Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2018
DEMISE, CSU Galleries at Cleveland University, Cleveland, OH
Dimensions, Joan Mitchell Foundation, New York, NY
Quinceañera, Mestizo Institute of Culture and Arts, Salt Lake City, Utah
Allow me to Reintroduce Myself, The Cigar Factory, L.I.C, New York
Smack Mellon Kentucky Derby Party & Art Auction, Smack Mellon Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
THE AMERICAN DREAM, The Latino Experience in America, Belskie Museum of Art & Science, Closter, NJ 2017
DVCAI, The Gallery at South Pointe, Miami, FL, curator Rosie Gordon-Wallace
UPROOT, Smack Mellon Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, curator Gabriel Guzman
Chesterfield Gallery, New York, NY
Bolero, Longwood Art Gallery, Bronx, NY
2017
Current Locations, Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
The Right To Be Human, Thessaloniki Center of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece
2016
MUJERES, Artworks Gallery, Trenton, NJ
Bringing Brooklyn to Norfolk, Gallery 21, Norfolk, VA
Converging Visions, Medgar Evers College Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Errand Into The Maze, Art House Productions, Jersey City, NJ
Work in Progress, Sculpture Space, Utica, NY
2015
Dreams are for Real, Aljira a Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ
Sculpture of Food, Bronx River Art Gallery, Bronx, NY
2014
Raices de Felicidad, Taller Boricua Gallery, New York, NY
Vistas Latinas: Archives of a Collection, 1989 - 2014, Hunter College MFA Campus Gallery, NY Latino Prints, Notre dame University - Latino Studies Gallery, Indiana, IL
Incubarte, International Art Festival of Valencia, Valencia, Spain
2013
Illusive Self, Taller Boricua Gallery, New York, NY
POP UP - BOS, 11 Central Ave, Brooklyn, NY

CURATED EXHIBITIONS
2016
THE BORDER CROSSED ME, groups exhibition, Bronx Art Space, Bronx, NY
ARTE Y EL AMOUR, group exhibition, Taller Boricua, New York, NY
2015
MICHAEL PRIBICH, LABOR DAYS, Solo exhibition, Cuchifritos Gallery, New York, NY

PANELS AND LECTURES
2019
Artist Talk, McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Charlotte, NC
2018
Artist Talk, DEMISE, CSU Galleries at Cleveland University, Cleveland, OH, curator John Moore Artist Talk, Sonata Oscura, Galería Del Barrio,New York, NY
Artist Panel, The Artist Role in Society, Galería Del Barrio, New York, NY
Artist Talk, NYU - Tisch School of the Arts, New York, NY, curator Marta Moreno Vega
2017
Artist Talk, Bolero - Longwood Art Gallery, Bronx, NY
Artist Panel, Abre Caminos - Rio ii Gallery, NoMAA, New York, NY
Artist Panel, AC Institute, New York, NY
Artist Talk, Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, New York, NY
Artist Talk, PS 109 Artspace, New York, NY
Artist Talk, BRIC Residency, Brooklyn, NY
 








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