The 2da Trienal Poli/Gráfica de San Juan: América Latina y el Caribe aims to explore and unfold the concept of the polygraphic into marginal and experimental creative practices working with contemporary art and graphic design. Over a dozen polygraphic platforms will be presented between June 2008 and June 2009,concluding in a large scale presentation opening in April 2009 that will consist of solo and group exhibitions, magazines, posters, artists’ books, postcards, wallpapers, flyers, billboards, among others.

Posters

The poster is a privileged site of the Trienal. A number of Latin American and Caribbean graphic designers were invited to submit proposals for the series of official posters of which six were selected, each one to be launched periodically up until the opening of the exhibition.

  • Poster 1: Gabriel Piovanetti & Luis Díaz, San Juan
  • Poster 2: Alex Quinto, Toronto
  • Poster 3: Alexander Wright, Caracas
  • Poster 4: Javier Cirioni & Santiago Velazco, Montevideo
  • Poster 5: Ena Andrade, Lima
  • Poster 6: Benkee Chang, Carlos González and Alvaro Bustillos, Caracas

Número Cero

Número Cero is the experimental magazine project of the Trienal. Different teams of critics, curators, artists and designers have been invited to develop six pilot issues of an art periodical; each issue will have the same size and title but distinct content, structure and design.

María Inés Rodríguez (curator and art critic, Bogotá/Paris) and Alberto Cabrera (graphic designer, Mexico City/Paris) are responsible for the second issue, Número Cero 2, titled Triángulo de las Bermudas. The Bermuda Triangle is located in the Atlantic Ocean between the Bermuda Islands, the Florida Peninsula and meridian 40¼. During several decades, this virtual territory has been surrounded by a halo of mystery and many legends claim its capacity to make ships, airplanes, entire crews and passengers vanish into thin air. For the second issue of Número Cero a team of collaborators were sent to sail the waters of the Caribbean in search of the famous Triangle. On the way, some were able to find it and sent their impressions; others – for better or worse, this is still to be determined – were lost and Rodríguez is still waiting to find them or receive some type of signal from them.

Contributors: Carolina Caycedo (Bogotá/Isabela, Puerto Rico), Abraham Cruzvillegas (Mexico City), José (Tony) Cruz (San Juan), Michelle Marxuach (San Juan), Pedro Reyes (Mexico City), Jorge Pineda (Santo Domingo), Jorge Volpi (Mexico City), Aterciopelados (Bogotá), Manuel Jaramillo (Bogotá)

  • Número Cero 1: Carla Zaccagnini, São Paulo
  • Número Cero 2: María Inés Rodríguez, Bogotá/Paris
  • Número Cero 3: Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla with Charles Juhasz, San Juan
  • Número Cero 4: Magali Arriola, Mexico City/San Diego
  • Número Cero 5: Rita Gonzalez, Los Angeles
  • Número Cero 6: Beatriz Santiago, San Juan & Julieta González, Caracas/San Juan

Artists’ books

The Trienal has commissioned the following 20 artists to produce new limited edition books: Alexander Apóstol (Caracas/Madrid), Juan Araujo (Caracas), Fernando Bryce(Lima/Berlin), Jesús Bubu Negrón (San Juan), Carolina Caycedo (Bogotá/San Juan), Tony Cruz (Puerto Rico), Abraham Cruzvillegas (Mexico City), Alejandro Cesarco(Montevideo/New York), Flavia Gandolfo (Lima), Mario García Torres (Mexico City/ San Diego), Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster (Paris/Rio de Janeiro), Cao Guimarães(Belo Horizonte), Pablo Helguera (Mexico City/New York), Renata Lucas (Ribeirão Preto, Brazil/Rio de Janeiro), Gilda Mantilla & Raimond Chaves (Lima), Mateo López (Bogotá), Rivane Neuenschwander (Belo Horizonte), Popular de Lujo (Bogotá), Nicolás Robbio (Buenos Aires/São Paulo), Chemi Rosado Seijo (San Juan).

Artistic Director: Adriano Pedrosa
Co-Curators: Julieta González, Jens Hoffmann
Guest Curator: Beatriz Santiago
Poster 2: Alex Quinto
Número Cero, 2: Magazine by María Inés Rodríguez, design by Alberto Cabrera
h3. Information

Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña
Antiguo Arsenal de la Marina Española
La Puntilla, Viejo San Juan
P.O. Box 9024184
San Juan, Puerto Rico, 00902-4184
T: 1-787-725-8320; 1-787-724-1877
trienalsanjuan@icp.gobierno.pr