New York’s Museo del Barrio and Mexican tequila model Maestro Dobel have introduced Havana-born set up and efficiency artist Carlos Martiel as the primary winner of the newly established Maestro Dobel Latinx Artwork Prize. Martiel, who relies in Harlem, will obtain a $50,000 grant and a solo exhibition of his work, to happen in El Museo del Barrio’s multidisciplinary area Room 110 within the spring of 2024. The prize, which is to be awarded biannually, is geared toward elevating the work of Latinx artists, who’ve been traditionally underrepresented within the artwork world, even if 62 million US residents, or almost 19 % of the nation’s inhabitants, are of Hispanic descent in keeping with the 2020 US census.
“On behalf of our jury, I’m delighted to announce Carlos Martiel because the recipient of the 2023 Maestro Dobel Latinx Artwork Prize,” stated Patrick Charpenel, govt director of El Museo del Barrio, in an announcement. “Martiel’s work superbly explores the complexity and nuance of racism and racialization, gender, immigration, and the legacy of colonialism within the Americas. We’re grateful for our partnership with Maestro Dobel Tequila, who shares our dedication to supporting Latinx artists in america.”
Martiel is thought for durational efficiency works exploring problems with racism, programs of oppression, and violence focusing on folks of coloration. Plenty of these works discover him testing the boundaries of his personal physique, which he generally binds with ropes or chains, towards which he then strains. His work has appeared within the 2019 Sharjah Biennial, the 2017 Venice Biennale, and a number of other iterations of the Havana Biennial.
“I’m honored to have been chosen because the inaugural winner of the Maestro Dobel Latinx Artwork Prize, an award that celebrates my group and stresses the essential function of Latinx artwork within the artistic world,” stated Martiel in an announcement. “By way of this prize, I’m wanting ahead to producing new work that may proceed to drive conversations on topics that matter and shine a light-weight on the significance of illustration.”