Carlos Vela-Prado and Claudia Cortinez (b. 1984, 1985 respectively) are a New York-based duo whose work relates the trace of objects and locations to a human presence and is concerned with the language of memory articulated through photography, video, and sculpture.  Their group exhibitions include Yale M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, Green Gallery, CT (2012 and 2013); Shadows Through a Prism, 109 Gallery, NY (2012); and Salvajes, Asya Geisberg Gallery, NY (2011). Residencies include the Alice Kimball Travel Grant through Yale Univeristy (2012), El Levante Artist Residency in Argentina (2009), and the Roanne Kulakoff Gran from SUNY at Albany, NY (2006).  Publications include Primal Therapy, “MFA Sculpture 2012” and Salvajes: Una Colectiva Inspirada en Bolaño “ARTISHOCK” Chile (2011). Vela-Prado received his B.A. from Suny Albany and his M.F.A. in sculpture from Yale University.  Cortinez received her B.F.A. form the Rhode Island School of Design and her M.F.A. in painting from Yale University.  Their project at Governors Island will focus on looking at the parallel histories of Easter Island and Governors Island. Through photography and video/sculpture interventions they will propose an alternate sequence of unfoldings that merges one of the most turbulent and isolated islands in the world with the deserted penitentiary and military compound neighboring Manhattan.

Image credit: courtesy of the artist