Katy Diamond Hamer
KATY DIAMOND HAMER is a New York based arts writer with a focus on contemporary art and cultureand has been actively engaged in the arts community on a global level for over ten years. Beyond writing she speaks at universities including NYU and Sotheby's Institute and has been a panelist on several occasions both as a participant and moderator at the New York Academy of Art and Art Basel Miami amongst others. A graduate of New York University, Hamer has written for magazines including Cultured Mag, Galerie Magazine, Flash Art International, New York Magazine, Lenny Letter, The Creative Independent and many others, including the Brooklyn Rail. Interview subjects of note include, Robert Storr, Courtney Love, Helmut Lang, Cecilia Alemani, and Brett Gorvy.
The four-person artist collective AES+F creates universes that are as familiar as they are foreign and as appealing as they are grotesque. Having actively exhibited since solidifying as a collective in 1995, the Moscow-based Tatiana Arzamasova, Lev Evzovich, Evgeny Svyatsky, and Vladimir Fridkes use actors, models, and a narrative often rife with political and sexual innuendo in their work. They aggregate content for what ultimately results in an engaging, cinematic experience.
The MECA Art Fair, founded by Daniel Baéz and Tony Rodríguez, had its first iteration before trauma hit the island in June 2017, and that is why they and the galleries involved found it so important to return.