Juan Diego Pérez la Cruz, Lagunas Mentales, 2023

Screening of "Let me know when you get home. (Avísame cuando llegues a casa) by artist Juan Diego Pérez la Cruz. This experimental documentary delves into the complexities of collective memory, archives and storytelling. Focused on the Venezuelan diaspora in Minnesota, and infused with symbolism, the documentary introduces the journey of seven Venezuelans, shedding light on their motivations for leaving everything behind. A series of performances accompany the narrative, in which the artist himself plays an integral role. Each segment draws on his own experiences to connect with the individuals featured. Through this blend of anecdote, performance and open-ended visuals, the documentary invites viewers to engage with the rhythms and complications of this subject matter. Following the screening, Curator Fabiola R. Delgado will facilitate a dialogue between Pérez la Cruz and multidisciplinary artists Yarinés Suárez and Amalia Caputo, exploring the film’s various layers and the interplay between personal and collective narratives.

Fabiola R. Delgado is an independent curator and creative producer. A former Human Rights lawyer and political asylum seeker from Venezuela, she strives for justice through projects that challenge narratives and recenter neglected perspectives. She’s a USRAO National Leaders of Color Fellow and has worked with the likes of the Hirshhorn Museum, National Museum of American History, Washington Project for the Arts, Times Square Arts, and artist Mel Chin’s Fundred Project.

Juan Diego Pérez la Cruz is a Venezuelan architect, multidisciplinary artist, and scholar. His work explores the convergence of personal narratives and the public sphere, using body, land, and archives to reflect on the quest for truth and the complexities of existence. His work has been shown across Latin America, Europe, and the U.S. and he leads the educational program PLATAFORMA RAIZ, fostering creative growth among Latino and migrant artists.

Amalia Caputo is a Venezuelan photo and video-based artist, independent curator and art writer whose work focuses on memory, the archive, feminine identity, and the study of photography itself. She holds a BA in Art History from the Universidad Central de Venezuela and an MFA in Studio Art and Photography from New York University and the International Center of Photography. Her work has been exhibited across Latin America, Europe and the United States.

Yarinés Suárez is a multifaceted individual who blends the roles of artist, educator, cook, and cultural manager. Originally from Venezuela and relocated to Buenos Aires, Argentina, they exist within a non-binary cross-border identity. With a Bachelor in Arts from the University of Zulia, they navigate artistic expressions through the mediums of video, drawing, collage and performance. At the core of Yarinés' artistic pursuits lie profound explorations of identities, memories, migration, micropolitics, and affections.