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Carla Acevedo-Yates | Puerto Rico

Carla Acevedo-Yates
Curator, art historian and critic
Puerto Rico
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Carla Acevedo-Yates is graduated in Spanish and Latin American Cultures from Barnard College, Columbia University in New York, USA (2000), and in photography from Spéos Photographic Institute in Paris, France (2002). Currently, she is completing a Master in Curatorial Studies from Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, USA (anticipated graduation for 2014).

In 2008, Carla Acevedo-Yates launches the online platform dawire.com. This online magazine is based in Puerto Rico, but in English, and is definitely oriented towards contemporary art, its presentation and its critic. Dawire.com is not only focused on Puerto Rican visual arts’ scene, but extends its researches and appraisals on the entire international scene in the field of contemporary art.

She is a member of the AICA (International Association of Art Critics).

Between 2010 and 2011, she is the curator of the Fist Art Foundation in Puerto Rico. This foundation created in 2008 specializes in setting up exhibitions in public spaces and is centered on interactions between contemporary art and nature. Based on public art projects and educational programs , the Fist Art Foundation could count on Carla Acevedo-Yates to curate several exhibitions such as Tree-Boat : a meditative non-site by Korean artist Myeongbeom Kim or en(re) by Teresa Mulet.

Since, Carla Acevedo-Yates is an independent curator, and is working with “private entities in the production of projects that challenge conventional institutional frameworks and their reception by audiences”. Lately, she curated the shows : OB-R: Objeto Rectangular at the ARTLAB753 (2012) or The Dialectic City: Document | Context at the Laboratorio de Artes Binarios (2011).

In 2012, she becomes Associated Curator for the Artist Pension Trust (APT) in New York, USA.

Carla Acevedo-Yates published several articles, notably in magazines such as ArtPulse, La Tempestad in Mexico, Sculpture Magazine or South Magazine from Kunsthalle Athena.

She released the following critics : Art & Activism at the era of globalisation ; a review of duo Allora & Calzadilla’s participation in the 54th Venice Biennial (2011) ; an analysis of the art fair ARCOmadrid’s 30th edition (2011) ; wrote on artist JJ PEET ; on the shows Patria o Libertad, the rhetorics of patriotism and When a painting moves…something must be rotten ! into which were participating several Puerto Rican artists ; on artist Jason Kraus (2010) or on Puerto Rican artists Jason Mena or Catherine Matos Olivo (for Small Axe).