New York based Natalia Arbelaez is a first generation Colombian American, born and raised in Miami, Florida. She received her B.F.A. from Florida International University and her M.F.A. with a concentration in ceramics and sculpture from The Ohio State University, where she received an Enrichment Fellowship.
“My work serves as a bridge to research my history and culture while aiming to preserve. I look to the history of Latin American and the Amerindian people; I work with how these identities are lost through conquest, migration, and time, gained through family, culture, exploration, and passed down through tradition and genetic memory. I use these influences to contribute to a contemporary dialogue while simultaneously continuing the work of my ancestors. There has been so much loss and stigma of these communities that it is important to me that my work celebrates and honors them.” Natalia Arbelaez
Conquistadores. A group show featuring over 30 Spanish and Latin American street artists. Curated by Maximiliano Ruiz (Argentina).
The show opens May 14th at 7 pm in our Berlin space.
Conquistadores is an overview of fresh contemporary talent from Spain and Latin America that is – at least metaphorically speaking – out to conquer the world. Globalization has affected both the Spanish and Latin American art scene. Recent art contributions from these countries seem to be nothing but a footnote in global art history books. Far from it! Both art cultures are more alive than ever! And that is what the exhibition Conquistadores is about. It is based on a selection of Spanish and Latin American artists whose work deals with local and national issues that are representative of the general human condition in the 21st century. We are very pleased to be supported by the Spanish and the Colombian embassy in Berlin.