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    Marmotech Residency – Andres Monnier

    As this year’s guest of honour at Design Week República Dominicana, Galerie Philia was delighted to present Montesino, an exceptional exhibition of contemporary design from Latin America, taking place in Santo Domingo in March 2023.

    Staged in one of the city’s historical emblematic landmarks, the Monumento a Fray Antonio de Montesino – an historical gift from the Mexican government to the people of the Dominican Republic – the exhibition features ground-breaking creations by emerging and established Latin American artists and designers, hailing from Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Argentina, Peru and Venezuela and celebrates design as a medium to transcend societal, cultural and geographical boundaries. Thought of as an ode to the historic Spanish Dominican friars – Antonio Montesino and Bartolome de Las Casas – who are recognized by scholars as defenders of the rights and protection of the indigenous people of the Caribbean, the curated display invites visitors to forge links with the colonial history of the country. To celebrate the historical ties between Mexico and the Dominican Republic, in particular their richness and cultural diversity, Montesino foregrounds works by native designers who are committed to preserving their country’s artisanal heritage. The Mexican star designer Andrés Monnier was invited as a resident in Santo Domingo to sculpt pieces for this special event.

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