Jun
4
to Sep 4

Interview for "Puerto Rico: The Future of Debt - The Bankruptcy Case That Could Make or Break Puerto Rico"

The Bankruptcy Case That Could Make or Break Puerto Rico. June 4, 2018. 

https://www.wnyc.org/story/new-york-bankruptcy-puerto-rico

Jun 4, 2018 · by Jane Sasseen

U.S. District Court Judge Laura Taylor Swain is presiding over the biggest and possibly nastiest public bankruptcy ever filed in the United States.

Puerto Rico has  a whopping $72 billion in debt. Only California has more bonds outstanding. On top of that, Puerto Rico owes its public employees more than $50 billion in pensions.

Richard Ravitch, who helped lead New York City out of its fiscal crisis in the 1970s, told WNYC he was watching the situation in Puerto Rico, where he has close personal and business ties. He said it’s hard to fathom.

“It's like if you were writing fiction about how a government could fuck itself up totally in every respect you couldn’t do it more imaginatively than what's happened here,” Ravitch said.

It is here, in New York City, that a bare-knuckle brawl will determine how much money Puerto Rico has to rebuild, and how much it will have to pay back to creditors.

Much of the burden of paying the debt back will fall on Puerto Ricans, many of whom, like artist Sarabel Santos, said they find the amount the government owes unfathomable. “How can we pay that? It’s completely insane. The people that are paying for that is us, it’s not the richest man. It’s not fair,” she said.

The case is as complex as it is unprecedented. On Judge Swain’s court docket are five separate but interlocking bankruptcies, including the Commonwealth itself, the highway authority, and PREPA, the island's struggling power company.

“I feel like each of these cases could be their own Detroit,” said Patrick Mohan, an analyst with Reorg Research, a firm that specializes in covering bankruptcies.  

There are thousands and thousands of creditors, ranging from everyday Puerto Ricans to Aurelius, one of the most aggressive vulture funds on Wall Street. It owns nearly a half billion dollars of Puerto Rican bonds and is pushing hard to get as much back as it can.

With so much money at stake, the creditors are not only battling the government, they’re fighting each other over Puerto Rico’s limited resources.

In addition to Swain, Puerto Rico is also under the watchful eye of the Financial Oversight and Management Board. The federally appointed board has say over Puerto Rico’s finances and any future deal with creditors.

That process, too, has turned into a brawl. The board and Gov. Ricardo Rosselló have disagreed about pensions cuts and labor reforms. For now, however, they have reached a compromise, avoiding another round of costly litigation that would have landed on the desk of Judge Swain.  

While the fighting continues, uncertainty is deeply affecting Puerto Rico, its economy and its people.

 

Vera Carothers contributed reporting to the series; It was produced in partnership with Latino USA.

Puerto Rico: The Future of Debt is supported in part by The Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation, the Park Foundation, and Chasing the Dream, a WNET initiative on poverty, jobs and economic opportunity in America. Additional support is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcastingas part of a collaboration between APM Reports, KCUR in Kansas City, KPCC in Southern California, WABE in Atlanta, and WNYC.

The series is also supported by the McGraw Center for Business Journalismat the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. 

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May
15
to Aug 1

Desnudando Memorias: Artista y Museóloga Sarabel Santos Negrón

http://www.desnudandomemorias.com/2018/05/15/dm021-episodio-artista-y-museologa-sarabel-santos-negron/

En esta ocasión, conocimos la historia y las memorias de Sarabel Santos Negrón, artista que funde su arte con una amalgama de elementos tan variados como la naturaleza misma. En esta plática tan llamativa y profunda, nos habló sobre la tridimensionalidad de su obra, donde el espectador logra sentirla desde diferentes perspectivas, creando nuevos enfoques de apreciación del arte.

Durante toda su carrera, su sello distintivo, ha sido la versatilidad de los recursos que utiliza para crear ese ambiente perfecto en el cual descansa su obra. Desde fotografías, material reciclado, audios, videos, sus obras se van transformando en otras, uniendo la naturaleza real con la naturaleza “tóxica”. Apasionada del arte, la historia, la naturaleza y los ambientes no tradicionales, ha expuesto su obra en importantes museos alrededor del mundo.

Conoce a Sarabel y las diferentes perspectivas del arte a través de esta cautivadora entrevista, realizada en el Museo de Arte de Bayamón.

 

Puedes seguir a Sarabel Santos Negrón en su página web http://www.sarabelsantos.com/ y en las redes sociales en Instagram (sarabelsantosnegron) y LinkedIn. También visita la página en Facebook del Museo de Arte de Bayamón o su página web, http://www.museodeartedebayamon.com/.

Escúchanos, exprésate y comparte… porque en cada mente, viven miles de memorias e historias.

Puedes seguirnos en Twitter (@DesnudarMemoria), Facebook (DesnudandoMemorias) e Instagram (DesnudandoMemorias), ó escribirle a Reinaldo (reinaldo@desnudandomemorias.com) y a Vanesa (vanesa@desnudandomemorias.com).

Música de introducción:
https://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music.

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Apr
20
10:00 AM10:00

Conference Frontiers of Debt in the Caribbean and Afro-America, Columbia University, NYC

https://www.socialdifference.columbia.edu/events-1/2018/4/20/frontiers-of-debt-in-the-caribbean-and-afro-america

 FRONTIERS OF DEBT IN THE CARIBBEAN AND AFRO-AMERICA   Friday, April 20, 2018  Columbia Law School Room 102A Jerome Greene Hall New York, NY 10027  CSSD working group  Unpayable Debt: Capital, Violence, and the New Global Economy  presents Frontier of Debt in the Caribbean and Afro-America.   Frontiers of Debt in the Caribbean and Afro-America  brings together scholars, journalists, activists, and artists from across these two regions in order to interrogate their contemporary re-emergence as sites of new forms of capital extraction and opposition to debt regimes. The two-day event is comprised of an art exhibit and a conference. The art exhibit, entitled  Puerto Rico Under Water: Five Artist Perspectives on Debt  will be housed in the Gallery at the Columbia University Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race ( 420 Hamilton Hal l) and will open with a reception at  5pm on April 19 . The conference itself will take place between  10am and 5:30pm on April 20  at the Columbia University Law School ( Jerome Green Building, Room 102 ).  The conference will consist of three panels, in addition to opening remarks by the organizers and a keynote address by Sir Hilary Beckles. The first panel is organized around the theme of “Indebted Bodies” and addresses questions of race, class, gender, and other forms of hierarchical difference, with a general focus on how different kinds of debt are folded into relations of intimacy, kinship, and everyday interactions. The afternoon panels include “Debts’ Toxins,” which is focused on the relationship of indebtedness and the environment, and “Beyond Life and Debt: Education at the Crossroads,” which examines the emergence of debates and mobilizations around education, information, and communication in the context of debt crisis.    CONFERENCE PROGRAM:   April 19 -  Gallery at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, 420   Hamilton Hall  5pm: Conference Reception and Opening of  Puerto Rico Under Water: Five   Artist Perspectives on Debt  Works by: Adal Maldonado, Huáscar Robles, Sarabel Santos, Víctor Vázquez  April 20 -  Columbia Law School, Jerome Green Building, Room 102A   10am:  Opening Remarks  Sarah Muir (CUNY) Frances Negrón-Muntaner (Columbia University)  10:30am-12pm:  Keynote  Sir Hilary Beckles (University of the West Indies)  12-1:30pm:  Indebted Bodies  Levi Gahman (University of the West Indies) Gabrielle Thongs (University of the West Indies) Westenley Alcenat (Fordham University) Tami Navarro (Barnard College) Moderator: Matan Cohen (Columbia University)  1:30-2:30pm:  Break   2:30-4pm:  Debts’ Toxins  David Schalliol (St. Olaf College) Hilda Lloréns (University of Rhode Island) Greg Guannel (University of the Virgin Islands) Sarabel Santos (independent artist) Moderator: Sarah Muir (CUNY)  4-5:30pm:  Beyond Life and Debt: Education at the Crossroads  Jason Wozniak (San José University) Joel Cintrón Arbasetti (Centro de Periodismo Investigativo) Ed Morales (independent journalist and lecturer) Kristen Buras (Georgia State University) Moderator: Rima Brusi-Gil de la Madrid (Lehman College)

FRONTIERS OF DEBT IN THE CARIBBEAN AND AFRO-AMERICA


Friday, April 20, 2018

Columbia Law School Room 102A Jerome Greene Hall New York, NY 10027

CSSD working group Unpayable Debt: Capital, Violence, and the New Global Economy presents Frontier of Debt in the Caribbean and Afro-America.

Frontiers of Debt in the Caribbean and Afro-America brings together scholars, journalists, activists, and artists from across these two regions in order to interrogate their contemporary re-emergence as sites of new forms of capital extraction and opposition to debt regimes. The two-day event is comprised of an art exhibit and a conference. The art exhibit, entitled Puerto Rico Under Water: Five Artist Perspectives on Debt will be housed in the Gallery at the Columbia University Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race (420 Hamilton Hall) and will open with a reception at 5pm on April 19. The conference itself will take place between 10am and 5:30pm on April 20 at the Columbia University Law School (Jerome Green Building, Room 102).

The conference will consist of three panels, in addition to opening remarks by the organizers and a keynote address by Sir Hilary Beckles. The first panel is organized around the theme of “Indebted Bodies” and addresses questions of race, class, gender, and other forms of hierarchical difference, with a general focus on how different kinds of debt are folded into relations of intimacy, kinship, and everyday interactions. The afternoon panels include “Debts’ Toxins,” which is focused on the relationship of indebtedness and the environment, and “Beyond Life and Debt: Education at the Crossroads,” which examines the emergence of debates and mobilizations around education, information, and communication in the context of debt crisis. 

CONFERENCE PROGRAM:

April 19 - Gallery at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, 420 Hamilton Hall
5pm: Conference Reception and Opening of Puerto Rico Under Water: Five Artist Perspectives on Debt
Works by: Adal Maldonado, Huáscar Robles, Sarabel Santos, Víctor Vázquez

April 20 - Columbia Law School, Jerome Green Building, Room 102A

10am: Opening Remarks
Sarah Muir (CUNY)
Frances Negrón-Muntaner (Columbia University)

10:30am-12pm: Keynote
Sir Hilary Beckles (University of the West Indies)

12-1:30pm: Indebted Bodies
Levi Gahman (University of the West Indies)
Gabrielle Thongs (University of the West Indies)
Westenley Alcenat (Fordham University)
Tami Navarro (Barnard College)
Moderator: Matan Cohen (Columbia University)

1:30-2:30pm: Break

2:30-4pm: Debts’ Toxins
David Schalliol (St. Olaf College)
Hilda Lloréns (University of Rhode Island)
Greg Guannel (University of the Virgin Islands)
Sarabel Santos (independent artist)
Moderator: Sarah Muir (CUNY)

4-5:30pm: Beyond Life and Debt: Education at the Crossroads
Jason Wozniak (San José University)
Joel Cintrón Arbasetti (Centro de Periodismo Investigativo)
Ed Morales (independent journalist and lecturer)
Kristen Buras (Georgia State University)
Moderator: Rima Brusi-Gil de la Madrid (Lehman College)

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Apr
19
to Sep 19

Puerto Rico Under Water: Five Artists Perspectives on Debt, Gallery at the Center, Columbia University NYC

http://www.cser.columbia.edu/puerto-rico-under-water

 In 2015, Alejandro García Padilla, then governor of Puerto Rico, announced that after years of borrowing to offset American capital flight and limited federal spending, the island’s public debt and pension obligations of over $120 billion had become “unpayable.” A year later, Congress responded by passing the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA). This federal law created an unelected oversight board with broad powers over the local government, which quickly imposed austerity and severe budget cuts affecting education, health care, and pensions.   The Gallery at the Center’s exhibit  , Puerto Rico Under Water: Five Artists Perspectives on Debt,   offers an entry point to the rich art produced in the debt crisis era. It features the work of Puerto Rican artists of different generations living in -- and across -- Puerto Rico and the United States: ADÁL (b. 1948), Huáscar Robles (1975), Omar Robles (1980), Sarabel Santos (1984), and Victor Vázquez (b. 1950). The show’s title, inspired on a series of ADÁL’s photographs on the current moment, refers to the artists’ common interest in the debt’s consequences, including mass migration the island’s enduring colonial subjection to the United States since 1898, and the devastating physical and political impact of Hurricane Maria. The show demonstrates a significant diversity of genres and aesthetics, ranging from photojournalism and conceptual art, to visual poetry and Caribbean surrealism.  In bringing together this range of aesthetics and perspectives,  Puerto Rico Under Water  proposes a space to consider a politics of community, memory, humor, hope and complexity, as Puerto Ricans rebuild not only homes but also a collective future. In this way, the show thinks  la crisis  by refusing the rhetoric of simple solutions. Rather, it digs, marvels, reassembles, listens, and screams entirely different worlds into existence.  FRANCES NEGRON-MUNTANER, CHIEF CURATOR. GALLERY AT THE CENTER, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, NYC

In 2015, Alejandro García Padilla, then governor of Puerto Rico, announced that after years of borrowing to offset American capital flight and limited federal spending, the island’s public debt and pension obligations of over $120 billion had become “unpayable.” A year later, Congress responded by passing the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA). This federal law created an unelected oversight board with broad powers over the local government, which quickly imposed austerity and severe budget cuts affecting education, health care, and pensions. 

The Gallery at the Center’s exhibit, Puerto Rico Under Water: Five Artists Perspectives on Debt, offers an entry point to the rich art produced in the debt crisis era. It features the work of Puerto Rican artists of different generations living in -- and across -- Puerto Rico and the United States: ADÁL (b. 1948), Huáscar Robles (1975), Omar Robles (1980), Sarabel Santos (1984), and Victor Vázquez (b. 1950). The show’s title, inspired on a series of ADÁL’s photographs on the current moment, refers to the artists’ common interest in the debt’s consequences, including mass migration the island’s enduring colonial subjection to the United States since 1898, and the devastating physical and political impact of Hurricane Maria. The show demonstrates a significant diversity of genres and aesthetics, ranging from photojournalism and conceptual art, to visual poetry and Caribbean surrealism.

In bringing together this range of aesthetics and perspectives, Puerto Rico Under Water proposes a space to consider a politics of community, memory, humor, hope and complexity, as Puerto Ricans rebuild not only homes but also a collective future. In this way, the show thinks la crisis by refusing the rhetoric of simple solutions. Rather, it digs, marvels, reassembles, listens, and screams entirely different worlds into existence.

FRANCES NEGRON-MUNTANER, CHIEF CURATOR. GALLERY AT THE CENTER, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, NYC

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Mar
25
to Aug 9

Línea Dura: Muestra de Dibujo Contemporáneo en Puerto Rico. Museo Dr. Pío López Martínez, Cayey, Puerto Rico

Línea Dura: Muestra de dibujo contemporáneo en Puerto Rico es una exposición colectiva que ha sido expuesta en distintos puntos de la isla. La misma presenta múltiples análisis dirigidos a la técnica del dibujo a partir de distintos materiales. Dado a la pertinencia de esta muestra con la Colección Legado Frade del Museo Dr. Pío López Martínez, se decidió presentar esta exhibición en modo de diálogo con la obra de Ramón Frade producida en la primera mitad del siglo XX.

 La exposición Línea Dura, un proyecto originado por los artistas Edgard Rodríguez Luiggi, Nelson Sambolín y Baruch Vergara, propone una mirada al medio del dibujo en Puerto Rico en un contexto contemporáneo. El objetivo es señalar la palpitante producción de nuestros artistas y ampliar la discusión sobre las definiciones actuales de este medio destacando la variedad de técnicas y acercamientos entre la herencia de modelos tradicionales y las formulaciones híbridas e inesperadas del arte actual.   Con esta exposición nuestro Museo retoma la mirada y estudio del dibujo; un medio de notable presencia en la producción del artista Ramón Frade conservada en nuestra colección. Línea Dura, en su última parada como exposición itinerante, ha ampliado su selección de artistas y propuesto un diálogo entre los dibujos contemporáneos y los de Ramón Frade producidos en la primera mitad del siglo XX. La muestra propone un recorrido que destaca los diversos elementos visuales en la creación de los dibujos, desde la línea gestual y controlada a las sombras y las formas planas o tridimensionales. Los dibujos revelan esa convocada honestidad de este quehacer artístico, la cual puede fluctuar entre destacar la belleza vívida del ser humano o su entorno a expresar la contrariedad y falsedad de un pasado, presente o futuro confuso o incierto. Estas son líneas duras, no sólo porque están plasmadas concretamente sino porque también nos confrontan con los debates entre lo conmovedor y desapacible de nuestra existencia.  Artistas participantes  Myrna Arocho Elizabeth Barreto Nathan Budoff Colectivo Moriviví Rabindranat Díaz Cardona Bárbara Díaz Tapia Calin Dover Tarrats Carlos Fajardo Nelson Figueroa Carmelo Fontánez Iván Girona Víctor González Ramón López Colón Jotham Malavé Antonio Martorell José Morales Ricardo Morales Hernández Javier Orfón PseudoMero Rigoberto Quintana Arnaldo Rivera Vero Rivera Rafael Rivera Rosa Edgard Rodríguez Luiggi Andrés Rodríguez Santos José Jorge Román Jaime Rosa Aby Ruiz Nelson Sambolín Alexandra Santos Sarabel Santos Admín Torres Emanuel Torres Pérez Rafael Trelles Yolanda Velázquez Baruch Vergara

La exposición Línea Dura, un proyecto originado por los artistas Edgard Rodríguez Luiggi, Nelson Sambolín y Baruch Vergara, propone una mirada al medio del dibujo en Puerto Rico en un contexto contemporáneo. El objetivo es señalar la palpitante producción de nuestros artistas y ampliar la discusión sobre las definiciones actuales de este medio destacando la variedad de técnicas y acercamientos entre la herencia de modelos tradicionales y las formulaciones híbridas e inesperadas del arte actual. 

Con esta exposición nuestro Museo retoma la mirada y estudio del dibujo; un medio de notable presencia en la producción del artista Ramón Frade conservada en nuestra colección. Línea Dura, en su última parada como exposición itinerante, ha ampliado su selección de artistas y propuesto un diálogo entre los dibujos contemporáneos y los de Ramón Frade producidos en la primera mitad del siglo XX. La muestra propone un recorrido que destaca los diversos elementos visuales en la creación de los dibujos, desde la línea gestual y controlada a las sombras y las formas planas o tridimensionales. Los dibujos revelan esa convocada honestidad de este quehacer artístico, la cual puede fluctuar entre destacar la belleza vívida del ser humano o su entorno a expresar la contrariedad y falsedad de un pasado, presente o futuro confuso o incierto. Estas son líneas duras, no sólo porque están plasmadas concretamente sino porque también nos confrontan con los debates entre lo conmovedor y desapacible de nuestra existencia.

Artistas participantes

Myrna Arocho
Elizabeth Barreto
Nathan Budoff
Colectivo Moriviví
Rabindranat Díaz Cardona
Bárbara Díaz Tapia
Calin Dover Tarrats
Carlos Fajardo
Nelson Figueroa
Carmelo Fontánez
Iván Girona
Víctor González
Ramón López Colón
Jotham Malavé
Antonio Martorell
José Morales
Ricardo Morales Hernández
Javier Orfón
PseudoMero
Rigoberto Quintana
Arnaldo Rivera
Vero Rivera
Rafael Rivera Rosa
Edgard Rodríguez Luiggi
Andrés Rodríguez Santos
José Jorge Román
Jaime Rosa
Aby Ruiz
Nelson Sambolín
Alexandra Santos
Sarabel Santos
Admín Torres
Emanuel Torres Pérez
Rafael Trelles
Yolanda Velázquez
Baruch Vergara

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Jan
16
to Mar 1

Hable español: Gráfica de Puerto Rico. Tres50 Espacio Cultural Independiente. Chiapas, México

La exhibición Hable español presenta grabados de 16 artistas puertorriqueños desde el 16 de enero de 2018 en el recién inaugurado espacio cultural Tres50 de Chiapas de Corzo, México como parte de un intercambio cultural entre Puerto Rico y México encabezado por el artista y gestor cultural Quintín Rivera Toro.

Los artistas participantes de esta primera muestra son: Brenda Cruz, Bárbara Díaz Tapia, Anaida Hernández, Javier Maldonado-O’Farril, Rafael Miranda, Javier Moreno, Ashley Muñiz Rodríguez, Mariceliz Pagán Gómez, Sarabel Santos Negrón, Roberto “Yiyo” Tirado, Migdalia Umpierre, Zinthia Vázquez Viera, Garvin Sierra, Claudio Solano Resto, Bárbara Pérez / Taller Kenuatin y Quintín Rivera Toro.

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