MECA 2017 RESIDENCY
In celebration of a new cultural partnership between Clocktower Productions, Mana Contemporary and MECA International Art Fair, one exhibiting artist from the MECANISMOS division of the fair was awarded a 3-month studio residency in Miami.
The award gave the opportunity to an emerging Puerto Rican artist to join the studio program created by our partners, starting in the fall of 2017. Because of the nature of this collaboration, only the Puerto Rican exhibitors of MECANISMOS were qualified to participate for this first time prize. Clocktower Productions and Mana Contemporary selected a panel of jurors to choose the winning artist, which was announced at the close of MECA International Art Fair 2017.
About MECA’s Cultural Partners
Clocktower is a non-profit art institution working in the visual arts, performance, music, and radio. Conceived in 1972 in Lower Manhattan by MoMA PS1 founder Alanna Heiss, the organization operates as a nomadic radio broadcasting and art production platform that maintains an expansive radio archive. One of the first of its kind, Clocktower's all-online radio houses over 10,000 historic, experimental, and rare audio programs.
Mana Contemporary is a community-led arts destination founded in industrial buildings in Jersey City, Chicago, and Miami. Mana unites artist studios, residencies, exhibition spaces, and arts programming to facilitate conversation and collaboration. Dedicated to celebrating the creative process, Mana offers a communal approach to contemporary art.
Residency Prize Winner, 2017
Clocktower Productions and Mana Contemporary are proud to announce that the MECA 2017 Residency winner this year is Roberto "Yiyo" Tirado!
"Roberto 'Yiyo' Tirado has a unique approach to materials, often times repurposing detritus from the city to build sculptures and installations that comment on the rapid transformation of the urban fabric. I am happy to have had a voice in the selection of Tirado for the Mana Contemporary/Clocktower Productions' residency. I am confident that his practice will continue to evolve in the city of Miami, while also making a valuable contribution to the artistic community there.”
–MECANISMOS' curator, Carla Acevedo–Yates