Forma + forma, forman conforman [Form + form, forms conform], Karlo Andrei Ibarra at Roberto Paradise, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Form + form, forms conform is the first exhibition at Roberto Paradise by Karlo Andrei Ibarra (1982, Puerto Rico). Ibarra’s practice focuses on issues such as historical legacy, corruption, memory and political systems in the context of different Latin American countries.
Pablo León de la Barra, Guggenheim’s UBS MAP Curator for Latin America, comments that ”Ibarra’s work refers directly to Puerto Rico’s subordinate position as an unincorporated territory of the United States, and aesthetically examines the implications of this association. With his thematically charged works, Ibarra might be the most political artist of his generation, joining together island aesthetics with ever-present political realities” (Art Cities of the Future: 21st Century Avant-Gardes, Phaidon, 2013).
Karlo Andrei Ibarra's approach to art relates to the way a poet assembles words; conscious of the value of excess and restraint. His work is not known for the explicit use of state-of-the-art technology; nevertheless, its strength lies in using other much more conventional and simple strategies with a powerful outcome.
Images courtesy Roberto Paradise. Ph: Raquel Pérez Puig