Pablo León de la Barra has been awarded with the CPPC Travel Award for Central America and the Caribbean, granted by CPPC and ICI. The 2012 Travel Award is given in honor of curator Virginia Pérez-Ratton (1950-2010). María del Carmen Carrión has been selected as the recipient of a four-week curatorial residency at TEOR/éTica, the art space, library, and foundation established by Pérez-Ratón in San José, Costa Rica.
León de la Barra is an independent curator, exhibition-maker, researcher and cultural producer. His proposed research titled ‘Trip to Nicaragua and Intermezzo Tropical’ is inspired by Nicaraguan modernist poet Ruben Dario’s 1909 publication of the same name.
Carrión is an independent curator and cofounder of Constructo, an international collective platform devoted to research and debate of art and visual culture. During her curatorial residency at TEOR/ética, Carrión’s research will integrate exhibition histories and institutional critique, contemporary practices in the public realm, and the connection between territory, communities and politics.
Pablo León de la Barra and María del Carmen Carrión were selected among over 60 applicants by a jury of integrated by Rosina Cazali, an independent curator based in Guatemala; Inti Guerrero, Associate Artistic Director at TEOR/éTica, Costa Rica; and Kate Fowle, Director, ICI. In their selection, the jury considered the need to balance new readings and narratives for Central American and the Caribbean art histories, as well as identify projects responding with innovative and useful approaches to the area’s most urgent needs.