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HIDB NY hosts 6 x 6 Ceramic Tile Exhibition

Published:Sunday | September 23, 2018 | 8:12 PM

The IDB Staff Association Art Gallery presents 6x6 Ceramic Tile, its first group show with the IDB Country Offices and in collaboration with JVS Project Space in NYC.

6x6 is an exhibition project of ceramic tile that invited artists from IDB member countries selected by renowned curators in their respective nations to participate with three pieces of ceramic per country. The showing titled 6x6 Ceramic Tile Exhibition Diversity within the Continuity of a Shared Art Form opened September 18, at the IDB Staff Association Art Gallery (13th St. entrance) 1300 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20577 and runs till October 18.

The exhibition brings together 63 works by 60 artists from 25 countries to express the contemporaneous in ceramic art. Each one of them has had the freedom to express without limitation, through the use of a single substance and a common format their distinctive ideas, concepts, and approaches, and in so doing, rather than creating distances, bring us together in a shared love of the material, the clay, the soil.

As the exhibition’s chief curator, Ezequiel Taveras, emphasises “6x6 is a creative challenge that not only facilitates the artists" absolute freedom, but also opens a new path for the very expression of their works. In addition, we hope to launch a new challenge for the viewer who, accustomed to large formats of information, will need to interact with a small ceramic tile that today has been transformed into a unique work of art. More than just an object, it may also manifest a whole conception of life, creation, or existence.

With 6 x 6, we intend to link the cultures, thoughts, and aesthetic concepts common to the member countries of the IDB through a shared material and technique. This initiative, in addition to creating interactive opportunities among the artists, offers them a new space for international exposure. Following this exhibition, 6x6 will travel to NYC. 

IDB countries — Argentina, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, United States, and Venezuela.