Mar 14, 2017

IDB presents art exhibition Designing Paraguay: Emerging from the Heart of South America

Show will feature 15 artists and designers representing the future of the country´s creative and cultural industries

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will present the art exhibition Designing Paraguay: Emerging from the Heart of South America, showcasing the work of 15 up-and-coming Paraguayan artists and designers, in the fields of graphic design, industrial design, fashion, photography, film, music, and more.

The exhibit, which will open to the public on Thursday, March 16 at the IDB Cultural Center, seeks to highlight how art and creativity can drive innovation, while honoring local cultures and traditions. In Paraguay’s case, that means acknowledging its strong indigenous identity.

“Artists and creators contribute to the growth of our economies.  While this does not seem so obvious, it is becoming increasingly clear to industries and investors, who have long recognized the relationship between creativity and innovation and how necessary it is to remaining competitive and relevant,” said Trinidad Zaldivar, chief of the IDB’s Culture, Creativity, and Solidarity Division. "This exhibition shows how cutting-edge artists design the future, embracing the identity and the roots of our cultures.”

The cultural and creative industries, those activities at the crossroads of the arts, culture, business and technology, are increasingly being recognized as drivers of innovation and growth. In Paraguay, these industries −including design− already represent 4.1 percent of the nation’s GDP.

Designing Paraguay was organized to coincide with the IDB-IIC Annual Meeting of the Boards of Governors, which this year is taking place in the capital city of Asunción, March 30 – April 2.

The Embassy of Paraguay in Washington, DC is the official partner responsible for publicizing the exhibit.

Participating artists

-- Yanina Aubrey (fashion installation including the works of Ilse Jara, lciar Bravo, Astrid Poletti, and Lucia Ferres)

-- Natalia Bobadilla Rolón & Talia Saguier Cuquejo (transportation design, car model)

-- Claudia Casarino (digital photography and fashion installation)

-- Negib Giha (fashion photography)

-- LPZ (sound design, digital music)

-- Marcelo Martinessi (film)

-- Ricardo Nagaoka (photography)

-- Po Paraguay (industrial design, 3D-printed prosthetic hand)

-- Sonidos de la Tierra (instrument design, musical instruments of the H2O Orquestra)

-- Juanma Teixido (graphic design)

What: Designing Paraguay: Emerging from the Heart of South America

When: March 16 through May 26, 2017. Open Monday to Friday, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Where: IDB Cultural Center, 1300 New York Ave NW, Washington DC, 20577. For guided tours call 202 623-1213.

About the IDB

The Inter-American Development Bank is devoted to improving lives. Established in 1959, the IDB is a leading source oflong-term financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean.The IDB also conducts cutting-edge research and provides policy advice, technical assistance and training to public and private sector clients throughout the region.

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