As national museums slowly wilt, local artists have retrenched into private galleries-- but remain active on the political front.
In the above piece, 'Caracas sangrante' by Nelson Garrido, blood spills out of the center of the capital city. 'CONtenedores,' by Elizabeth Cemborain, at first appears a warmly colored mosaic, arranged in a traditional Venezuelan manner. In fact, its tiny cubes represent food cans-- a critique of the rotten containers that were allegedly shipped to stricken Haiti by the Venezuelan government (see more: http://english.eluniversal.com/2010/06/16/en_eco_art_venezuelan-ship-wit...) In a photo by Carolina Muñoz, crumpled wrappers of corn spur the viewer to ponder both the food shortage and waste that afflict the country.
CONtenedores, by Elizabeth Cemborain.
Work by Carolina Muñoz.