7 December 2016
The current exhibition at MAD New York (November 4th, 2014 to 6th April 2015), ‘New Territories, Laboratories for design, Craft and Art in Latin America’, owes it title to a consideration of Gaetano Pesce, forever dedicated to exploring new areas of creativity, and turns its attention to the state of art in Latin America, exploring the cooperation between small factories and creative artists, the work of artisans and self-producing designers. Organised by the editor of Mad, Lowery Stokes Sims, in collaboration with Adriana Kertzer, the exhibition focuses on the widespread Latin American practice of recycling and recovery, revealing how a particular vision of everyday things, abandoned and discarded, can produce works of art. The chosen works say a lot about local culture and the creative Latin American disposition, revealing, as even in the global era, localness has its own distinct character. The “glocal”, virtuous contamination between local and global, theorised by sociologist globetrotters, is yet to come. The creative artists of the Southern world still retain the wonder of a world younger than old Europe and produce unpredictable artefacts, very local.