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In this essay, Venezuelan art critic and curator Jesús Fuenmayor analyzes three different aspects of the Salón CANTV de Jóvenes Con-FIA held in Caracas in 1998: (I) the importance of institutional and alternative spaces as a platform for emerging art in Venezuela; (II) audience reaction to local productions according to the media used; (III) the categories used to organize the event—painting, installation, video, photography, and collage—and the participants in each one.
While this text by critic and curator Jesús Fuenmayor does not specifically address the works in the Salón CANTV de Jóvenes Con-FIA, it does discuss topics pertinent to emerging art in Venezuela. Fuenmayor draws parallels between the local and international scenes on the basis of the Project Room directed by Octavio Zaya at ARCO (Madrid, Spain). In accordance with his views, Fuenmayor describes the role that young artists should play as well as the media they most often use to express themselves. He highlights the importance of the viewer and of the work-viewer connection—a symbiotic relationship of relentless feedback that plays a key role in the consummation of the creative process, in Fuenmayor's view.