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SF Presidio Connects with Spain! [The Portal and Artist Exchange]

October 6 to November 5, 2017
By appointment only Fridays through Sundays.
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Location: Outside the Presidio Officers’ Club, at Pershing Square.

What is the Portal?

The Portal, a gold shipping container equipped with digital technology, is an interactive art project that allows visitors to talk face-to-face with people from around the globe as if they’re in the same room. The Portal will be outside the Presidio Officers’ Club at the flagpole at Pershing Square from October 6 to November 5, 2017.

The Officers’ Club, San Francisco’s oldest building and the site of ongoing Spanish colonial-era archaeology research, is the national park’s museum and cultural center.

Created by Shared_Studios, Portals have been placed in locations across the world, from Pakistan to South Korea. They invite visitors from different cultures to talk in real time about the important local, national, and global issues of our day. This summer the Portal was located for three months at Crissy Field in the Presidio.

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SF Presidio Connects with Spain! [The Portal and Artist Exchange]


Presidio to Connect with Málaga, Spain via the Portal and an Artist Exchange

The Portal at the Presidio Officers’ Club has an added element – a one-month artist exchange program between the Presidio and Málaga, Spain, where another Portal is located at the Cultural Center of Tabacalera.

The artists from the United States and Spain, using the Portal as a tool, will explore the reuse of the Presidio and Tabalacera heritage sites, engaging with local curators, subject matter experts, and the visiting public. Through the Portal, the artists will work with each other and the local communities to open a dialogue about art, history, and culture.

Schedule of Events – Engage with the Portal and the Artists


In coming days, we’ll post details about the artists’ collaboration and ways for Presidio visitors to participate and engage. In additional to Málaga, Spain, visitors may also use the Presidio Portal to connect with Mexico City, Gaza, Nairobi, Berlin, Amman, and other sites.

Schedule a 20 minute Portal appointment >>​

The Presidio Portal project and the artist exchange program is a partnership between the Presidio Trust and the Cultural Office, Embassy of Spain (Washington, D.C.), Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and Shared_Studios.


About the artists!


SF Presidio Connects with Málaga, Spain [The Portal and an Artist Exchange]

Moreno & Grau Studio – Spanish Artists Visiting the Presidio

Alba Moreno and Eva Grau are conceptual artists from Málaga, Spain. They met at San Telmo School of art and in 2012 began working collaboratively. Alba’s main medium is photography while Eva’s main medium is video. Together they form Moreno & Grau Studio and use photography and video to capture their process of building an imaginary world, one that often includes sculptures and installations made in the studio. Common threads within their artwork: landscape as an emotional state, the use of portraits in art, the limits of the human being, duality, and the concept of water as a common thread, like the mysterious element and bearer of life.


SF Presidio Connects with Spain [The Portal and an Artist Exchange]

Sofia Cordova – American Artist Visiting Málaga, Spain

Sofia is an artist working primarily within the medium of photography. Born in Carolina, Puerto Rico, Sofia received a BFA in photography at St. John’s College in New York and her MFA from the California College of Arts in San Francisco. She lives and works in Emeryville, California. Her work has appeared in group and solo shows across the country and she has pieces within permanent collections at Pier 24 Photography in San Francisco and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Sofia’s work looks at histories of colonialism as it relates to her native island and she’s interested in exploring ways she can serve as a conduit between the Bay Area, Puerto Rico, and Spain.


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Juan Francisco Rueda – Local Curator, Málaga, Spain

Juan is an art critic and curator from Málaga, Spain. As a curator, he has organized expositions for international organizations. He has also coordinated gallery expositions and, in 2010, he was the curator for Estampa, an international contemporary art fair and he co-curated the twelfth edition of the video series, Tentaciones y videos.es. Juan has works with public and private institutions to catalogue, organize, and investigate their collections to determine their value and to make them open to the public. He’s also acted as judge in contemporary art competitions and at artist residencies.


Schedule a 20 minute Portal appointment >>​