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"Panama’s art scene is dismantled"

Contemporary artist Jonathan Harker says that emerging artists from the rest of the region use art to criticize their environment, instead of using it as "something decorative"
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Contemporary artist Jonathan Harker acknowledged that Panama’s art scene in Panama is quite dismantled, compared to the situation in other countries in the region.

"I can’t see that in Panama there are strong scenes as in other Central American countries, which is curious because it does not mean that there is more money in them. But there is a better education in the arts," said the author, who took the beer bottles from Panama to the Guggenheim Museum in 2013, through the video art 'Drinking Game', directed by him and Donna Conlon.

Harker says that emerging artists from the rest of the region use art to criticize their environment, instead of using it as "something decorative".

"The younger generations have another perspective, which goes beyond art as an extension of fashion or graphic design, but rather as a rebellious cultural expression, more focused on the social," said the artist.

The artist promotes in the country "Voz a la deriva", which is part of the triennial 'Prospect. 4 'of New Orleans inaugurated in Panama on Thursday November 30 at the Spanish Cultural Center -Casa del Soldado (CCE | CdS), Old Town. It will be exhibited until February 10.

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