May 23, 2017, @ 10 am, UCSC Art Department - Room L-101
Caleb Duarte is best known for creating temporary installations using construction type frameworks such as beds of dirt, cement, and objects suggesting basic shelter. His installations become sights for performance as interpretations of his community collaborations. Duarte has created public works and community performances at the World Social Forum in Mumbai India, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, El Pital, Honduras, and throughout Mexico and the United States.
Duarte is a co-founder of EDELO, a Spanish acronym for: "Where the United Nations Used To Be." EDELO was a house of art in movement and an international artist residency of diverse practices in Chiapas, Mexico. The project challenged the traditional artist residency in that it placed residents alongside rural autonomous indigenous communities that have been using performance, theater, poetry, and a rich visual culture to demand drastic social, political, and economic change. The space invited collaborators to live and create within a period of time. Residents ranged from PHDs to jugglers, contemporary artists, activists, educators, rural farmers, and autonomous community members.
Duarte is the lead curator of ZAPANTERA NEGRA, in collaboration with Rigo 23, Emory Douglas and Mia Eve Rollow. Zapantera Negra united Zapatistas (EZLN) with Black Panther Party esthetics to investigate the use of the body and visual culture in both distinct political and artistic movements. Duarte is currently artist in residence at La Peña Center in Berkeley, CA, through the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. He is working with Central American unaccompanied minors currently applying for asylum.