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Cesar Cornejo's "Puno Museum of Contemporary Art" Premieres at Art Basel Miami Beach

November 28, 2011

Puno Museum of Contemporary Art
Art Positions, Art Basel Miami Beach
December 1-4, 2011
Presented by Galeria Lucía de la Puente

Cesar Cornejo (2009 Emerging Fields) premieres his Creative Capital-supported project Puno Museum of Contemporary Art in the Art Positions solo showcase at Art Basel Miami Beach, December 1-4.

Cornejo's work addresses socio-political issues in his native Peru. Through his Puno Museum of Contemporary Art project, Cornejo redefines the museum as an institution based in the community. The artist is working with families in Puno, Peru to identify unfinished spaces inside their houses that need construction work and offers to do this work for free in exchange for the family exhibiting contemporary art in the repaired space for a period of time. After engaging a number of spaces in different homes, the Puno community will have a museum of contemporary art spread over the city and the museum becomes a catalyst for social change.

In Miami, Cornejo's installation will consist of an architectural form that references contemporary art museums, but is constructed out of eucalyptus logs and corrugated sheet metal—common building materials in poor areas of Latin America. The installation comments on how poor sectors of society are marginalized by the institution of museums, while also housing an exhibition of Cornejo's photographs documenting the development of Puno MoCA.

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