Caleb Duarte creates temporary installations using construction-type frameworks such as beds of dirt, cement, and objects suggesting basic shelter. His installations within institutional settings become sites for performances that interpret his community collaborations. Duarte has created public works and community performances at the World Social Forum in Mumbai, India; Santiago de Cuba; El Pital, Honduras; and throughout Mexico and the United States. He has collaborated with autonomous indigenous Zapatista collectives, communities in movement, working children, and refugees. Duarte is cofounder, along with artist Mia Eve Rollow, of EDELO, a Spanish acronym for Where the United Nations Used to Be. EDELO was a house of art in movement and an inter-communal artist residency for diverse practices in Chiapas, Mexico. Through EDELO, Duarte is lead organizer of Zapantera Negra, which united Zapatistas with Black Panther Party aesthetics to investigate the use of the body and visual culture in both political and artistic movements. He also created Embassy of the Refugee, a series of works in collaboration with students in the Newcomer Educational Support and Transition (NEST) program at Oakland’s Fremont High School, who have arrived in the United States from Guatemala as unaccompanied youth seeking asylum. These nomadic studio projects take the form of sculptural performances at active sites of social and cultural resistance. Duarte is a professor of sculpture at Fresno City College.
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