Canoas, cayucos y balsas
MAOF is a collective project that examines contemporary “material culture” in Puerto Rico characterized by the abundance of waste. MAOF treats organic materials and industrial waste as cultural goods, and seeks to be a key component in its distribution within cultural and agroecological communities.Artist Bio
San Juan, PR
MAOF has been in operation since mid-2014, housing a collection center for timber logs, sawmill, wood workshop, hen-composter, nursery garden, artists’ workshop, exhibition space, and living space for resident artists. Currently, MAOF is salvaging timber from trees felled during hurricanes Irma and Maria for its use in re-construction projects. Some of their projects have included helping build a geodesic dome in Camp Tabonuco, an organization focused on ecological education,designing and building a prototype for a timber frame house from salvaged Caribbean pine and the construction of artist Ramón Miranda Beltrán’s workshop. Artist Ramiro Chaves (Argentina-Mexico) published a book about MAOF.
Photo credit: Sofia Bastidas