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Amazonia: A BioCreativity Hub

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Explore our multidisciplinary exhibitions featuring contemporary artists from Latin America and the Caribbean, addressing the region’s development challenges through the lens of creativity and culture. 

Amazonia: A BioCreativity Hub - Art and Science - Inter-American Development Bank - IDB

Amazonia: A BioCreativity Hub 

This immersive and multisensory art exhibition aims to inspire a sustainable and harmonious future for the Amazon region and our planet. A captivating journey into the contemporary art of an irreplaceable part of our world, it portrays how ancestral wisdom and the richness of the biosphere coalesce in a dynamic space of transdisciplinary connections between art, science, and technology. 

The exhibition is open to the public until December 2024, at the IDB Cultural Center. Admission is free, and visiting hours are Monday through Friday, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET.

Featured artists: Sheronawe Hakihiiwe (Venezuela), Roberto Huarcaya (Peru), Susana Mejía (Colombia), Gisela Motta & Leandro Lima (Brazil), Uýra (Brazil), Olinda Silvano (Peru). 

Curated by: Manuela Reyes 
Exhibition coordination: Pedro Quijano 
Exhibition design: Bijari

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"Amazonia: A BioCreativity Hub” Performance by Uýra

On May 25th at Freedom Plaza in Washington D.C., we experienced "Ponto Final, Ponto Seguido,” a powerful performance by Brazilian trans, indigenous artist Uýra, addressing nature’s resurgence. 

Uýra is featured in our current exhibition, “Amazonia: A BioCreativity Hub,” open to the public until December 2024 at the IDB Cultural Center. This multisensory art show illustrates how nature inspires artistic production in the region and serves as a collective call to action to protect the Amazon region.

The Creativity and Culture Unit continues to work on the public programming for the exhibition, so stay tuned for upcoming events, workshops, panel discussions, guided tours, and more! 

Thank you to everyone who joined us in celebrating pride, creativity, and activism from the Amazon region!

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Emerging Voices

Diversity and Gender Equality are pillars in the vision and commitment of the Bank’s work to further advance the development of its member countries. In our efforts to improve lives, investing in women and girls, indigenous and African descendant peoples, as well as the LGBTQ+ communities, generates continuous benefits to our region. 

Featured artists: Melissa Alcena (Bahamas), Simone Asia (Barbados), Leticia Banegas (Honduras), April Bey (Bahamas), Manuel Chavajay (Guatemala), María Raquel Cochez (Panamá), Ana Elena Garuz (Panamá), Juana Gómez (Chile), Charles Jean-Pierre (Estados Unidos/Haití), Koyoltzintli (Estados Unidos/Ecuador), Priscilla Monge (Costa Rica), Antonio Pichillá Quiacaín (Guatemala), Ale Rambar (Costa Rica), Natalia Revilla (Perú), Carmen Elena Trigueros (El Salvador) y Rember Yahuarcani (Perú). 

Curated by Julieta Maroni 
Texts by Patricia Ortega Miranda 
Exhibition design by Catalina Carafi 

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Healing a Broken World

In September 2021, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) organized the digital summit "Healing a Broken World" in response to pandemic-accentuated crises. Renowned leaders across various fields discussed post-pandemic recovery. The exhibition featured five commissioned artworks, symbolizing a five-step metaphor for healing societal wounds. These works confront urgent matters such as reimagining cities, gender-based violence, and pandemic-disrupted education. Through symbolic expressions, they provide innovative solutions while underscoring challenges.

Featured artists and collectives: Bijari (Brazil), Lorena Wolffer (Mexico), María José Machado (Ecuador), Christopher Cozier, Amir Denzel Hall, Robert Young, Suelyn Choo, and Luis Vasquez La Roche (Trinidad and Tobago), Nicole L’Huillier & Patricia Domínguez (Chile). 

Curated by Manuela Reyes & Steven Henry Madoff  
Exhibition coordination by Xavier Ruiz  
Exhibition design by Bijari / Graphic design by Cintia Erre 

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We celebrate and honor the indigenous cosmovision and ancestral understanding through a series of contemporary artists from Colombia, host of the Annual Meeting of the Boards of Governors of the IDB and IIC 2020. From an array of perspectives, techniques and materials, the artists evoke themes and periods that bridge the realities of the indigenous peoples who inhabit Colombia today.

Featured artists: Miler Lagos, Rosa Ximena Tisoy Tandioy (warmity), Miguel Ángel Rojas, Aldibey Jaidiber Tálaga Camayo, Jorge Panchoaga, Monika Bravo, León David Cobo, Luz Lizarazo, and Danilo Rojas.

Curated by Manuela Reyes and Trinidad Zaldívar. 

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The IDB Cultural Center Gallery has existed since 1992 at the Bank's headquarters in Washington, DC. Its purpose is to address the Bank's development issues through the lens of creativity and culture in multidisciplinary exhibitions featuring contemporary artists from Latin America and the Caribbean.

For each exhibition we develop a program of public events or Gallery Talks to dive deeper into the topics of the exhibitions in conversations with artists, curators and the Bank’s specialists. The exhibitions and cultural events are intended to inject creativity and inspire the public, influencers and future decision makers with innovative and creative solutions to on-going development challenges.

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