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Guerra de la Paz: Barbed / Praxis International Art, Miami

Barbed is the title of the current solo exhibition by the Cuban-American artist duo Guerra de la Paz at Praxis International Art in Miami. The centerpiece of the show is the sculptural installation Unidentified, accompanied by three large-sale photographs. In this video Alain Guerra and Neraldo de la Paz talk about the exhibition and the works on display and how anonymously littered garments that were held captive by the barbed wire that topped the industrial fences throughout the Miami landscape inspired them to move into three-dimensional work based on found clothing. This video is an excerpt. The complete interview is available after the jump.

Guerra de la Paz’s work has been shown throughout the United States and Europe, including Saatchi Gallery (London), Miami Art Museum; Art Museum of the Americas (Washington D), Americas Society (New York), Chicago Cultural Center, 21c Museum (Louisville, KY), and the Prague Biennial.

Guerra de la Paz: Barbed at Praxis International Art in Miami’s Wynwood Art District runs through December 31, 2011.

Guerra de la Paz: Barbed. Solo exhibition at Praxis International Art, Miami / USA.

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VernissageTV PDF-Magazine No. 18: Ai Weiwei’s Architecture, Matti Suuronen’s Futuro, Guerra de la Paz’ Venice

Out now: VernissageTV PDF-magazine No. 18, July 2011.

VernissageTV’s PDF Magazin No. 18 has its focus on the two major art events this year, the 54th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, and Art 42 Basel. Highlights of No. 18 are a personal look at five days in Venice by Miami-based artist duo Guerra de la Paz, and exclusive video and audio downloads for the readers of this issue. Then there are photo galleries showing Elmgreen & Dragset’s exhibition at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’s Submarine Wharf in Rotterdam, and Ai Weiwei’s solo show Art / Architecture at Kunsthaus Bregenz. For design lovers, there’s a report on Matti Suuronen’s Futuro, House of the Future of the 1960s.

Artists in this issue: Ai Weiwei, Matti Suuronen, Elmgreen & Dragset, and Guerra de la Paz.

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Guerra de la Paz: Bonsai Couture / Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Zürich

For the Miami-based artistic duo of Alain Guerra and Neraldo de la Paz the exhibition Bonsai Couture at Galerie Kashya Hildebrand is the first exhibition in Switzerland. Guerra de la Paz often use discarded, repurposed or recycled items of daily life for their sculptures. The solo show at Kashya Hildebrand showcases the series “Bonsai Couture” that combines the traditions of bonsai making with the practices of haute couture or high fashion.

Alain Guerra and Neraldo de la Paz of artist duo Guerra de la Paz were both born in Cuba. Alain Guerra studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Neraldo de la Paz at the Northern Illinois University, De Kalb. They met in Chicago the day that Alain was moving back to Miami. They live and work in Miami, Florida. Established in 1996, Guerra de la Paz work in a variety of media, from paintings to sculpture and installation. Currently, they focus on textile work made from unwanted clothing. Guerra de la Paz have also participated in the Prague Quadriennial 2011 with their work MANTO.

Guerra de la Paz: Bonsai Couture at Galerie Kashya Hildebrand, Zürich / Switzerland. Opening reception, June 8, 2011.

PS: See also: Eveline Politanoff on Bonsai Couture in the Huffington Post, and Guerra de la Paz. Studio Visit.

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Beyond the Daily Life: Teresa Diehl and Guerra de la Paz at Center for Visual Communication, Miami

Beyond the Daily Life is an exhibition at the Center for Visual Communication in Miami / USA that brings together recent works by Teresa Diehl and the artist duo Guerra de la Paz. The show has been curated by Julian Navarro. The opening reception featured live music by the Disco Monkeys.

During Art Basel Miami Beach 2009, Center for Visual Communication in Miami and 333 Productions presented the exhibition Beyond the Daily Life. Beyond the Daily Life featured the work of visual artists Teresa Diehl and Guerra de la Paz with music performances by Disco Monkeys.

“Beyond the Daily Life examines our contemporary human experience and provokes an exploration of life beyond conventionally perceived limitations. By transposing familiar elements and cultural references, this exhibition summons a revision to commonly accepted norms and invokes an approach to life as a natural force of possibilities.” (excerpt from the press release)

Teresa Diehl, presented two immersive video installations that contrast the intensity of daily events and life with a quiet meditative environment.

Guerra de la Paz presented three monumental sculptural works using recycled apparel in an extension of the visual and three-
dimensional language they use to comment on contemporary culture.

Center for Visual Communication, Miami / USA. Private view and opening reception, November 28 / December 1, 2009.

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Guerra de la Paz: Travelogue (Seyahatname) / Artane, Istanbul

Artane Gallery is a rather new gallery in Istanbul / Turkey, just a few steps away from the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art. Director Sevil Sert worked as a fashion and portrait photographer in the 80′s and 90′s. After some years in Cuba, she opened Artane Gallery in Istanbul in 2005.

Currently, Artane is presenting new work by the Cuban-born artists Alain Guerra and Neraldo de la Paz, the Miami-based collaborative duo Guerra de la Paz.

For their show in Istanbul, Guerra de la Paz created a series of digital decollage photographs, titled “Travelogue (Seyahatname)”, and a site-specific installation, “Hanging Garden”. (Excerpts from the press release after the jump).

In this video we meet with the owner of the gallery, Sevil Sert, and the two artists, Alain Guerra and Neraldo de la Paz, who talk about their current exhibition.

Guerra de la Paz: Travelogue (Seyahatname) / Artane, Istanbul / Turkey. September 9, 2009. The exhibition runs until October 31, 2009.

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