SaludArte Foundation and NAEMI Present VISIONARIES OF THE LIGHT

The SaludArte Foundation in collaboration with NAEMI (National Art Exhibitions of the Mentally Ill) present the exhibition "VISIONARIES OF THE LIGHT". The exhibition is an exploration of works between pinhole photography, photo collage, and photo objects sculptures from artists that do not belong to any "official pattern."

The exhibition is an ongoing collaboration between NAEMI and the SaludArte Foundation and is part of a cycle of Outsider Art that SaludArte Foundation has prepared for the months of October through January 2017. The opening reception will be the release of the catalog Visionaries of the Light/ Visionarios de la Luz, sponsored by the Florida Department of Cultural Affairs, Johnson & Johnson and Janssen.

According to Ricardo Viera curator of the exhibition and Director of Museum Operations at Lehigh Museum. There are many collections of 'outsider art' but few are nonprofit institutional collections like NAEMI with a perspective of the various manifestations of contemporary art that holds the collection. Among its more than thousand pieces are a variety of techniques related to contemporary art, which now include photography. "
Art of individuals recovering from mental illnesses rarely appears in the news, even less in the art news. Censorship, silence and perennial ostracism join the self-censorship that outsider artists impose themselves. It is precisely in spaces like Visionaries of the Light where both "worlds" meet, giving us a glimpse of the metaphysical realms these artists produce and giving their work an opportunity to live in the parallel universe of reality, but still true to the subversive impulse contained within outsider art.

"This exhibition gathers a collection of works where the artists address everyday life, pain, death, and hope. As expected, each author has appropriated reality to distort it and to build up a particular vision that results in a magical creation and that it is somehow their only liberating resource." Juan Martin Executive Director of NAEMI.

Artists
Alan Arkley USA
Gabriel Fernández CHILE
Jorge Alberto Hernández Cadi "el Buzo" CUBA
Javier Karat ARGENTINA
Pablo Morales ARGENTINA
Martha Iris Pérez Santana CUBA
Rubén Rey ARGENTINA
Marcelo Roca ARGENTINA
Gabriel Romano ARGENTINA
Barbara Rutherford USA
Robin Rust USA
Roger Sadler USA
Victor Scheffer ARGENTINA
Kirsty Wagstaffe ENGLAND
Anónimo ARGENTIINA
Anónimo ESPAñA

Exhibition runs through November 10th, 2016

The SaludArte Foundation is a non-profit organization that has been playing an important role supporting the arts by providing a platform to promote the development of artistic, educational and social integration programs, through the visual and performing arts, serving the U.S and Latin America since its beginning in 2003. SaludArte has launched several programs considered pioneers, in the use of the arts as the means for positive social improvement. Founded and Chaired by Tanya Capriles Brillembourg, SaludArte's initiative is ambitious, extensive and comprehensive, providing cultural, educational and social development programs, designed to benefit the younger Ibero-American population through the use of the arts in all of its forms.

NAEMI is a non-profit organization established in Miami. It was founded by Juan Martin, the current Executive Director, which is dedicated to discovering, studying, promoting, exhibiting, and preserving the art by persons recovering from mental illnesses throughout the world. During the past 29 years NAEMI has done pioneering work in recognizing the artistic talent among many individuals recovering from mental illnesses and provides a forum for bringing these extraordinary talents to public awareness.

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