Meyken Barreto is an art writer and curator whose current focus is Latin american art and artists and the concept of identity as an open and liquid concept, which is constantly redefined and enriched. As evidenced in her latest exhibition, All That You Have Is Your Soul , a group show of 17 artists at FACTION Art Projects , all of the artists are tied together by their responses to building identity within a foreign land. The exhibition uses the link of heritage between the artists to present artworks that celebrate difference in identity. Each artist in the show has some relationship to Cuba, some island-born emigres, some with careers developed in Cuba and others with more distant descendance.
Previous positions include Regional Director at Artist Pension Trust (AT), Gallery Manager at Y Gallery in New York and Studio Manager at Los Carpinteros Studio in Madrid and Havana. She has taught at the Havana University and San Geronimo College in Havana. She has lectured in international institutions such as Universidad Complutense in Madrid and, Martin Luther University, Halle (Saale). She won Cuba’s National Curatorship Award in 2009 . In 2018, she co-curated All That You Have Is Your Soul with Armando Marino , FACTION @ Gallery 8 , New york. She has recently curated the exhibition Cabinet or Curiosities: The whimsical world of Carlos de Medeiros at Guttenberg Arts, NJ in 2017; and co-curated the group exhibitions Divagation at Y Gallery in 2016, Pioneros: Building Cuba's Socialist Childhood at Aronson Galleries at Parsons, The New School for Design, New York in 2015, and Flow: Economies of the look and creativity in contemporary art from the Caribbean at IDB Cultural Center, Washington DC in 2014. She contributes to various art publications such as ArteCubano, Art OnCuba and Artnexus.
Jeremy Coleman Smith
Jeremy Coleman Smith received his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his MFA at New Jersey City University. His multi-disciplinary work combines the use of printmaking, sculpture and furniture as an investigation of objects and display. He was one of the recipients of the 2011 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture by the International Sculpture Center and his work has been featured in Sculpture Magazine and the New York Times. He has exhibited his work in galleries throughout the United States and is in several collections, including the Hoggard/ Wagner Collection, Capital Group, Fidelity Investments, and Cummins Diesel. Jeremy lives and works in both Jersey City and Portland, Oregon.
George Xenos is a collector, photographer and stage and theater set designer. Bio & Pic coming soon!