Carlos Franco Maldonado exhibition at The Buffalo Institute for Contemporary Art

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Buffalo,NY  / Carlos Franco Maldonado: ay. ai. aí. is a playful look into the complexities, recurring motifs, and paradoxes of Puerto Rico–an island in constant struggle for agency in a post-colonial world. In a carefully choreographed multimedia installation, Maldonado explores the convergence of nature and culture into a media landscape by mapping the improbable connections between the internet memes of the North American alt-right, the rise of cryptocurrencies in the Caribbean, and the climate change-induced disappearance and migration of the Puerto Rican-native coquí frog.

An artist who works across disciplines, Maldonado considers the components of this installation as an “archipelago” that creates a complex system of interrelations, resembling a deconstructed landscape of the Caribbean region, that takes into consideration the infrastructure, economies, climate, and media that shape it. The installation includes a live banana tree, a functional waterworks sculpture, and choreographed video projections sourced from mass and social media. 

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Together the works act as a model that reflects the delicate balance of stability and fluidity that define the Caribbean region, the spooky interconnected logic of contemporary life, and the artist’s own connection to and migration from Puerto Rico.

As the exhibition unfolds, Maldonado will be planning and seeking collaborators for a performance to be staged during Puerto Rico day in Buffalo.

About the Artist

Carlos Franco Maldonado is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Maldonado holds a bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Visual Art from the University of Puerto Rico and a master’s in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute. His works and projects have been presented at the Lab, SOMArt’s Cultural Center, and The Thing Quarterly in San Francisco; at Lvl3 Gallery in Chicago; Nikolaj Kunshal, Copenhagen, DK; Quinta del Sordo, Madrid, SP; and Universidad de Medellín, Medellín, CO among others. He’s currently a resident at ISCP in Brooklyn, NY.

The exhibition will be on view through March 28, 2020 at The Buffalo Institute for Contemporary Art 324 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo NY 14222 Thursdays: 5-8 pm Saturdays: noon - 5 pm. For more information: