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Michelle Marxuach

 

(Lives and work in San Juan, Puerto Rico) Co-director and co-founder of Beta-Local. Her practice is born of interest to enhance the creative field and encourage interdisciplinary practices that allow to rethink and to redesign their own forms and structures to articulate answers and invent solutions to current issues. The incongruity of detached consumption habits from our specific geographical reality, the passivity of speech in a place that constantly pushes status quo platform, the lack of investment in the local economy and bureaucracy that hinders individual creative and alternative practices that push or reformulate formats, make for her a sense of urgency and action. She believes that creative, aesthetic thinking are essential for healthy social change. Between 2005 – 2007 Took a sabbatical from the field of contemporary art to engage in the restoration and design of a historic structure in Old San Juan which is now home to the first level of Beta-Local program. There is particular interest in implementing ideas and concepts of the imaginary to the real, useful ideas and ideas on sustainability and effectiveness of materials and local context. From 1999 – 2004 founded and directed the art space, M & M projects, an alternative space nonprofit dedicated to strengthening the production of contemporary art in Puerto Rico and its promotion in the internationally. As part of the space created a workshop for local residents and international artists, M & M projects arose from the general apathy and control of institutions unprepared to present contemporary art. M & M projects invited more than 60 international artists in Puerto Rico, raised funds for local artists, arranged for alternative spaces exhibition, published a number of records (books, brochures and other texts) that documented the scene and participated in discussions about art both locally and internationally. Between 1999 – 2004 she was the creative director of three international events in Puerto Rico seeking to promote pollution local to international and vice versa: Puerto Rico 00 [Parentheses in the city], Puerto Rico 02 [Scheduled] and Puerto Rico 04 [Tribute to the Messenger]. Organized countless of local and international exhibitions in the Fundación Joan Miró, Barcelona, ​​Ex Teresa, Mexico, Museum of Modern Art of Sto. Domingo, and the Museum of Art of Puerto Rico, among others. Her curatorial practice established a forum for dialogue and camaraderie among artists where projects were discussed and potentiated beyond selection space for exhibitions consumption.