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โ€œ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ป ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ก๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐˜‚๐—ฎ/๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—จ๐—ฆ๐—”โ€ A Solo Exhibit by ๐—™๐—ฑ๐—น๐—  – Opening Reception

This event has already taken place.June 11 – July 2, 2 – 5 pm,
Free
FDLM DELASMERCEDES (2)
๐—ก๐—ฌ๐—Ÿ๐—”๐—”๐—ง & ๐—ฃ๐—ง๐—  ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜† Present:
โ€œ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ป ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ก๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐˜‚๐—ฎ/๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—จ๐—ฆ๐—”โ€ A Solo Exhibit by ๐—™๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐˜€
June 3 – July 2, 2023
๐—”๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป: June 11, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป: 405-B House, Colonels Row at Governors Island
Featuring works on papers from FdlM’s ๐˜•๐˜ฆ๐˜ฐ๐˜Š๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜น ๐˜š๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด and a Peace Boxes installation, the exhibit will be open from June 3 to July 2, 2023.The show examines the disintegration of family structures and dynamics brought upon by war, trauma, migration, and loss. Often referencing revealing aspects of his own childhood, history, current events, and contemporary culture, FdlM’s work delves into the fractures that take place in the family unit and the profound impact that sociopolitical and cultural shifts can have in altering their lives and impairing their relationship. Constructed from an inventory of drawings, journal pages, photographs and found ephemera, each composition invites the viewer into a space where artistic inquiry and documentation leads to self-discovery, understanding and finding common ground.
The show will also include an installation ofย  acclaimed “Peace Boxes” project and a brief presentation of the book entitled “Primogรฉnito” by FdlM. The Peace boxes are being painted for the Governors Island solo exhibition in support of “New York Latin American Art Triennial – NYLAAT”
The New York Latin American Art Triennial is dedicated to organizing exhibitions of contemporary art and cultural programming through which it seeks to promote and enrich our Latin American culture.
Govยญerยญnors Island is aย 172-acre island in the heart of New York Harยญbor. Just minยญutes from Lowยญer Manยญhatยญtan and the Brookยญlyn waterยญfront by ferยญry, the Island is aย popยญuยญlar and unique desยญtiยญnaยญtion with an award-winยญning park comยญpleยญmentยญed by dozens of hisยญtoric buildยญings, year-round eduยญcaยญtionยญal and culยญturยญal facilยญiยญties, aย rich arts and culยญture proยญgram and 22-acre Nationยญal Monยญuยญment manยญaged by the Nationยญal Park Service.
Franck de las Mercedes is an acclaimed contemporary artist, poet & street photographer born in Masaya, Nicaragua. Arriving in Washington Heights at age 11, Franckโ€™s experience as a child in war-torn Nicaragua along with the visual clash of New Yorkโ€™s graffiti and Abstract Expressionism movement played major roles in his becoming a visual artist. He is regarded as one of Nicaraguaโ€™s most important contemporary artists with a multifaceted body of work. In 2006, he achieved international recognition with his conceptual art project โ€œThe Priority Boxesโ€ or โ€œPeace Boxes,โ€ created to promote peace through participatory art.Named one of โ€œ15 Artists About to Dominate 2015โ€ by Complex Magazine, Franck is the recipient of an โ€œOutstanding Latinoโ€ award from UCMP, the โ€œHearing Our Voicesโ€ award from Voices Unbroken & is profiled in the book Learning from Latino Role Models: Inspire Students through Biographies, Instructional Activities, and Creative Assignments by David Campos. His work has been exhibited in numerous national and international museums and art galleries. This year, de las Mercedes published his first book of poetry, entitled Primogรฉnito.

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