Installation view of Ramiro Chaves, "XXXXXXXXXX," 2014, multiple 12 x 12 inch reisographs on newsprint, installation dimensions vary; and Ramiro Chaves, "Selfie in Concrete," 2015
Ramiro Chaves, "Selfie in Concrete," 2015, concrete and paper mixture, tacks, tennis shoe, clay, cardboard box, reisograph on newsprint, and acrylic paint on found wooden work table, art object dimensions:12 x 24 inches
Ramiro Chaves, "Celosia Ciega," 2015, wooden remnant from Pedro Ramírez Vázquez structure, concrete and paper mixture and fabric on found wooden work table, art object dimensions: 25 x 25 inches
Pia Camil, "Espectacular Telón Toluca I," 2014, hand-dyed and stitched canvas, 9.5 x 13 feet
José Arnaud-Bello, "New religious architecture (Selections from the catalogue)," 2007/2015, C-prints: 6 x 4.5 inches (top) and 8 x 10 inches (bottom)
Many Cities, One Providence:
Mexico City – Spectacular Vernacular
September 2 – October 10, 2015
Providence College Galleries
Many Cities, One Providence: Mexico City – Spectacular Vernacular, a group show featuring projects by José Arnaud-Bello, Pia Camil and Ramiro Chaves, brings to Providence College Galleries three artists’ explorations of Mexico City, their creative center and hometown. Incorporating past and present elements of local architecture, urban and colonial history, capitalist spectacle and daily life, Spectacular Vernacular showcases a kind of urban alchemy cultivated by artists and resident citizens alike. From investigations of language and public space (Arnaud-Bello) and billboard inspired tapestries (Camil) to imaginative prints and drawings depicting the sordid history of the X (Chaves), each project demonstrates the rich visual vocabulary of traditional folklore and contemporary culture in Mexico’s capital city.
Many Cities, One Providence is an exhibition series offering Providence audiences idiosyncratic glimpses of innovative contemporary artists working in cities around the world. The series stems from Providence College—Galleries’ and the Providence College Art & Art History Department’s interest in cultivating relationships with artists, scholars and arts communities from around the world in order to draw connections between the city of Providence and other American and international urban contexts.
About the Artists
José Arnaud-Bello (b. 1976) is an artist living and working in Mexico City. He has exhibited at Palacio de Bellas Artes (MX), Bienal de Sao Paulo (BR), Centro Cultural Montehermoso (ES), Maison des Arts Georges Pompidou (FR), Palais de Tokio (FR), Foundation Ricard (FR), Casa del Lago (MX), Galería OMR (MX) and Galeria Luisa Strina (BR), among others. He has received grants from FONCA’s Jovenes Creadores, and has participated in residencies at Le Pavillon (FR), Gasworks (UK), Cura Bodrum (TK) and Saint-Cirq-Lapopie (FR). Since 2013 he has been developing (with Mateo Riestra) a project called Lupe Toys, and he is currently working on a collaboration for Triple Canopy (US) and a project at Instituto de Visión (CO). Arnaud-Bello holds a BArch from Ibero-American University at Mexico City and a MA in Landscape Urbanism from the Architectural Association School of Architecture.
Pia Camil (b. 1980) is an artist living and working in Mexico City. She has had solo exhibitions at Blum and Poe (US), Galería OMR (MX), Sultana Gallery (FR), Basque Museum-Center of Contemporary Art (SP) Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center (US) and New Museum (US). Her work has been included in group exhibitions and special projects at Frieze New York (US), Saachi Gallery (UK), ARTIUM (SP), Biennial of the Americas, (US), Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (SP) and Universidad de Guanajuato (MX). Her work is in permanent collections, including La Colección Jumex, la Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros and the Wattis Museum amongst others. Camil holds a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and a MFA from The Slade School of Fine Art.
Ramiro Chaves (b. 1979) is an artist living and working in Mexico City. His work has been included in several solo and group exhibitions at venues internationally, including at Museo del Chopo (MX), Center for the Image’s XI Biennial of Photography (MX), Proyecto Canada (CA), Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil (MX) and PhotoEspaña (SP), among others. In 2006 Editorial Diamantina published his book Domingos. He participated in the Miradas Cruzadas residency exchange program between México and France in 2010, and received Bancomer’s 2012-2014 Contemporary Artist grant in partnership with the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, México City. His work is part of the Isabel and Agustin Coppel Collection, Museo de Arte Moderno Collection and Centro de la Imagen Collection. Chaves hold degrees in film and television from the National University of Cordoba and photography from the Lino E. Spillimbergo School of Arts.
About Providence College—Galleries
Providence College—Galleries present exhibitions and public programs focusing on contemporary art, innovative artistic practice and interdisciplinary cultural activity. Operating within two gallery spaces as part of the Department of Art & Art History, the Galleries support the educational, service and community-oriented mission of the College with dynamic visual arts productions, including those that foster audience participation, cross-departmental collaboration at the College and cultural exchange at local, national and international levels. The Galleries ultimately strive to produce projects which demonstrate how and why creative practitioners are vital forces in promoting diversity and shaping contemporary global culture.