4 November 2011
RAFAEL FERRER | CONTRABANDO guest-curated by Esperanza León at Guild Hall of East Hampton | THE EAST HAMPTON STAR
As with others who have chosen the East End as an artistic retreat, Rafael Ferrer, 78, who lives in Greenport, made his way here in a circuitous route, one that reflected his own journey in making art.
Beginning on Saturday, Guild Hall will present “Contrabando”, an exhibit that started out as an abridged version of a much larger show at El Museo del Barrio in New York last year and ended up being something else entirely.
Esperanza Leon, who acted as guest curator for the exhibit, said she had previously worked with Museo del Barrio and had wanted to work with a Latin American artist. Although Mr. Ferrer said that as a Puerto Rican-born artist he is not technically a Latino, he is quoted in the show’s catalog as saying his art has “an accent, one influenced by a Latin temperament.”
Mr. Ferrer wrote in an e-mail message that a “Puerto Rican cannot be a Hispanic or a Latino because Puerto Rico is not a sovereign country. Puerto Rico is owned by the United States and remains the oldest colony in the world. So the short answer is that I began and remain an individual artist.”
Read the entire article by Jennifer Landes, Rafael Ferrer, an Artist Astride Two Worlds, in The East Hampton Star