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Puerto Rican professor and journalist Félix Jiménez comments on the space run by the art collective MSA (Manifestación Sintetista Actualizada), which organized an exhibition in 1986 paying tribute to the VII Bienal de San Juan del Grabado Latinoamericano y del Caribe [Seventh Latin American and Caribbean Print Biennial, San Juan]. Entitled Sub:cultura, the exhibition included performances, videos, paintings, photographs, publications, and poems. Jímenez remarks on the space itself, which serves as both a studio and an exhibition space, and mentions the eight artists whose work was in the exhibition, including Frida Medín, Jaime Fournier, Johnny Betancourt, Teo Freytes, Daisy Mora de León, and Yrsa Dávila (who identifies herself only as “Irsa” for this article).
The Galería M.S.A. (Manifestación Sintetista Actualizada) was established in Old San Juan by Teo Freytes and Yrsa Dávila on the fifth floor at calle San Francisco 266, as a space where visual arts would be presented side-by-side with dance, theater, video, and poetry. Within this space, there would be no labeling of works by genre, since the M.S.A. considered everything to be art; which is why no censorship was applied. In addition to holding events to run parallel with exhibitions, the space was used to introduce the work of young and emerging artists of Puerto Rico.