Photo by Rafael Briceño
In the second edition of Slideluck Caracas, organized by The Venezuelan American Endowment for the Arts (www.vaearts.org), the beautiful gardens of Los Galpones cultural complex welcomed the public who arrived avid to see the artistic proposals and share a night of art and gastronomy. Gallery 17 was the place were more than two hundred people enjoyed the work of twenty five artists, five of them invited artists: Carlos Eduardo Hellmund (VAEA’s honoree), Paul Parella (G7 Gallery) and Francisco Pereira (D’Museo gallery); aditionally, this year we included the work of two participants in the Instagram category, José Nasca and Elisa Bermudez, represented two highly popular subjects in social media: photography and food. They were proposed by Consuelo di Carlo Quero from Instagramers Venezuela.
The twenty remaining projects belonging to artists from different background and trajectory, were chosen from ninety four applications. This year our selecting jury was conformed by Ali Cordero Casal VAEA’s President, curator Gerardo Zavarce, photographer Sara Maneiro and Club Magazine’s editor Gonzalo Peña. All the applications together with the invited artists’ work, represent a huge effort from many people, a big will to make things, express and share them. In this moment in time, seems more adecquate than ever to fight paralysis, to fight inertia, to get together to talk, discuss and enjoy with care and respect in a reunion with our community. I believe culture is a collective healing vehicle and Slideluck –whose objectives are sharing and strenghtening the community- is a perfect opportunity to apply that quality.
Photos by Rafael Briceño, Alirio Rojas, Luis Mejia, Carlos Hellmund
Getting on to food’s topic, our chalkboard tables are becoming tradition! As people were arriving, the always smiling Adriana Castillo (@artecomestible) guided the attendees who had fun writing and drawing names and recipes of their culinary creations with enthusiasm and ludic spirit. Chef María Alexandra Ocque and Spicy Pau products both brought some of their récipes with ingredients from the Venezuelan Amazon. As always, there were a varied selection of plates and even a wedding cake with a decapitated groom from artist Kiari Bastardo.
Our thanks to all the people that joined us on Thursday 17th September 2015, to the volunteers and Slideluck and VAEA’s staff, to our partners Centro Cultural Los Galpones that welcomed us in their beautiful complex, thank you Ileana Ramirez and Raquel Ocariz, and to our sponsors that joined us in this wonderful evening: Sandbox Studios, Slideluck’s international sponsor, Solera who brought us cold beers, Tomalo Verde, and their lovely natural juices, Ciempies y Arte Comestible who supported us with the projection and organizing the food tables, Igers Venezuela, our natural allies, and La terraza de la Foto, who made prints for the event and a gave away a prize for two artists. And of course thank you to the artists that applied and participated, making the second edition of Slideluck Caracas a great success!
The Venezuelan American Endowment for the Arts
Producer of Slideluck Caracas.