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Alex Santana

is the Manager of Public Engagement and Social Media at Mana Contemporary. She earned her BA from New York University in Latin American Studies with a focus on Modern and Contemporary Art (2014), and her MA from Tulane University in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (2016).

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Alex Santana

My fondest childhood memories are not of playing on grassy backyard lawns, in idyllic single-family homes on tree-lined streets, but instead include exploring the remnants of these semi-abandoned factories and decaying structures (and subsequently empty concrete lots once they began to began to be torn down). I look back on those adventures with an uncanny, yet fond, nostalgia. I’ve taken special interest in art spaces housed in former industrial settings. Lately, I’ve been asking myself: What does it mean when arts spaces co-opt, preserve, and re-contextualize industrial remnants?


The Brooklyn Rail

SEPT 2023

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