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Latin American Consulates Celebrate Bicentennial

In New York

The Consulate of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in New York hosted the art exhibit Expressions of Our America on Tuesday, April 27, one of a series of activities organized by the Coalition of Latin American Consuls in New York and members of the ALBA countries to commemorate the bicentennial celebration of the independence of many Latin American nations, reported the news agency EFE. 

The Venezuelan Consul in New York, Carol Delgado, said, “Unfortunately the exhibition cannot be exhaustive –it doesn’t include prominent figures of our independence’s history. Nevertheless, we trust that the expressions here represented, mainly given by the Latin American consulates in New York, feed the newly renovated fighting spirit of the people of Latin America and the Caribbean,” said Delgado.

The exhibit includes paintings of heroes that played an important role in the independence and revolutionary struggles in the region, among them Simón Bolívar (Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia), José Martí (Cuba), Gregorio Luperón (Dominican Republic), Alexandre Petion (Haiti), Augusto César Sandino (Nicaragua), Domingo Faustino Sarmiento (Argentina) and Emiliano Zapata (Mexico).

Manuela Sáenz, an Ecuadorean revolutionary who was Bolívar’s partner, is also remembered in the exhibit with a painting evoking the night of September 25, 1828. That night, when she uncovered an assassination attempt against Bolívar, the woman known as “The Liberator of the Liberator” stepped in against the rebels so Bolívar could have chance to escape through the window.

The Venezuelan Consul added that “Expressions of Our America is more than a chronological narration of events of the past; it seeks to present the wealth of the iconic characters of the region that the life and work has give us”.             

EFE News Agency, Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the U.S. Press and Communications Office / April 29, 2010

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