Brief CV
Orlando Britto-Jinorio, born in 1963 in the Canary Islands, Spain, is an independent curator who has been active in international contemporary art projects for more than 20 years. He was Chief Curator and Deputy Director of Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno (CAAM) in Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain (1989-1998). From 2001 to 2007 he was director and curator of Espacio C, an interdisciplinary art project in the Spanish region of Cantabria involving artists from all over the world. Orlando has additionally served as curator and director of many international art festivals and meetings in urban and natural spaces. These include: the "Diaspora Project" in Oviedo, Spain (1999); "Paradise Zero" in Uppsala, Sweden (Eventa 5, 2000); "Nature, Utopias and Realities" on Gran Canaria, Spain (2001); "Hybrid Spaces" on Gran Canaria (2003); "Nature and Coexistence" international art meeting in Esles, Spain; "Performando 2002" performance art festival in Las Palmas; and the urban performance festival at XV Cerveira Biennial, Portugal (2009). Works and collaborations with: Havana Biennial, Cuba; Dak'Art Biennial, Senegal; Bamako Biennial, Mali; Luanda Triennial, Angola; Caribbean Triennial, Dominican Republic; Cuenca Biennial, Ecuador; Cerveira Biennial, Portugal; Alexandria Biennial, Egypt. Photo: ©Javier Caballero. Bamako, Malí, 2009
Curatorial Statement
From 1989 to 1998, I worked as a curator and deputy director at the Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno on the Canary Islands, Spain, with a focus on the geographical and historical dimensions as well as the strategic position of the islands. At that time, I was developing projects focusing on a meta-geographical and cultural space called “tricontinentality.” The idea served as a framework for a number of art projects (shows, seminars, publications…) dealing with and being in dialogue with African, Latin American and European artists. During my first ten years of work this allowed me to get to the very core of contemporary art and it gave me insights into the cultural realities of the Caribbean, Latin American and African art worlds, which were engaged in a continuous dialogue with the western contemporary art contexts. With this kind of work, I got across artists and intellectuals from many different contexts. Day by day, I felt more confident in this work space, more comfortable with the organization of international art projects, which included artists from all over the world and which created a life of permanent meetings and dialogues. These art projects, normally with a wide conceptual, social, political and anthropological dimension, are normally built inside a general frame of reflection where the artistic proposal is enriched by all kinds of different points of view. These projects are mainly presented and developed in different formats, like public art projects in urban and nature spaces, creating a wide-ranging space of interventions with round tables, seminars, presentations of other international projects, performance festivals, publications, didactic programs, etc. All of these projects integrate the artistic community of every space where this can take place, trying to establish a fluid dialogue among the local communities and the “global” community of artists participating in art meeting projects.
Projects realized (Selection)
Recent projects: 2010. Curator retrospective show “ Jack Beng-Thi. Cartographies de la Memoire. 1990-2010” ,Le Port, Reunion Island. Indic Ocean. International tour show 2011-2013. 2010. Curator of the international show “Horizontes Insulares” (Islands Horizons). Exhibited on 2010 in the Canary Islands and travelling in 2011 to the Museum of Contemporary Art of Funchal, Madeira Island; Museum of Modern Art of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, La Habana, Cuba and Fondation Clément at Martinique. Working at present as Co-curator in a wide international Contemporary Latin American show for the IVAM, Valencia, Spain, September 2012. Travelling in Latin America 2012 and 2013.