is best known for creating temporary installations using construction type frameworks such as beds of dirt, cement, and objects suggesting basic shelter. His installations become sights for performance for community collaborations consisting of the figure temporarily placed within sculptural settings. The work is produced through a situational engagement with active sites of social and cultural resistance.

 

At an early age, Duarte migrated with his family from Northern Mexico and settled in the farm working communities of the Central Valley of California. He received a BFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute and Masters in Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has created public works and community performances at the World Social Forum in Mumbai India, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, El Pital, Honduras, Frankfurt Germany, Paris France and throughout Mexico and the United States. He has collaborated with autonomous indigenous Zapatista collectives, communities in movement, working children and families seeking asylum. 

Duarte is co-founder, along with artist MIa Eve Rollow, of EDELO, a Spanish acronym for (Where the United Nations Used To BE). EDELO was a house of art in movement and an international artist residency of diverse practices in San Cristobal De Las Casas, Chiapas, México. The project challenged the traditional artist residency and art spaces in that it placed residents alongside rural autonomous communities that have been using performance, theater, poetry, and a rich visual culture to demand drastic social, political, and economic change. The space invited collaborators to live and create within a period of time. Residents were from PHDs to jugglers, contemporary artists, activists, educators, rural farmers, and artists from autonomous indigenous communities. 

Through EDELO, he was lead facilitator of the ZAPANTERA NEGRA project, in collaboration with Rigo 23, Mia Eve Rollow, Saul Kak, Lorena Rodriguez, and artist and once Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party Emory Douglas. Zapantera Negra united Zapatistas (EZLN) with Black Panther Party esthetics to investigate the use of the body and visual culture in both distinct political and artistic movements by facilitating encounters, workshops, mural events, and residencies in Zapatista territories as well as participating in group exhibitions in Cuba, Brazil, Austria, Spain, Mexico City, Canada and the United States.

 

Duarte has lectured on his work at the De-young Museum, SF, The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - Night of Ideas, as well as at the University of New Mexico, Creative Time Summit in New York, the Black Panther Parties 50th anniversary in Oakland/Seattle and many others. Duarte is a 2019 Creative Capital Awardee where he is establishing nomadic art studios while following Central American migrant caravans through Mexico with the project “Walking the Beast”.

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