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Joiri Minaya, Container #2, 2016
24 x 36 inches, pigment print mounted to dibond, edition of 5 + 2 artist proofs
DELL M. HAMILTON
XIMENA IZQUIERDO UGAZ
December 2 - January 28, 2017
Inspired by feminist and decolonial politics exploring possibilities of poetics and play as means to re-empower the political imagination, reclaiming meaning from a trivialized capitalist version of infinitely more qualified and able female candidate.
"Despite these issues that will remain at large and must be addressed by the left, this boiling resentment has fueled a moment where white victimhood is thought to be as pressing an issue as the institutionalized murder of black people in America. Many white men today feel themselves under attack, usually because of the burn of growing equitability. It is becoming clear that “when you are accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression.” (The attribution of this quote is unknown, but it has gained quite a bit of momentum on the internet.) Thus, we have a breed of white males who believe they are persecuted while being the aggressor, and are powerful while maintaining a sense of painful fragility. This kind of cognitive dissonance cannot be brushed off." - Ajay Kurian from The Ballet of White Victimhood: On Jordan Wolfson, Petroushka, and Donald Trump (http://www.artspace.com/magazine/contributors/jottings/ajay-kurian-on-jordan-wolfson-colored-sculpture-54364)
empowering and unapologetic representations of Latin@x culture informed by the feminist and decolonial aesthetic traditions of the Americas
Am I to move forward when I’m constantly working within my own pastness, yearning to create a tangible relationship?
These circumstances increased interest in postcolonial theory as one of the means to understand neocolonial dynamics.
…issues of representation in culture and the role of language in the construction and dissemination of meaning.
dictatorship sponsored and supported by the United States.
narratives and rhetorical devices that build the ideas of the self and reality, from the personal to the historical.
we get to see how the almost exclusive U.S./Eurocentric perspective flattens Art History, obliterates criticality, silences diversity, and reiterates already-made thoughts and hegemonic narratives.
reflecting on the liminal space between our colonial heritage and our experience as immigrants.
Daniela Rivera (b. 1973, Santiago, Chile) lives and works in Wellesley, MA. She received her M.F.A. from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA). She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture (Skowhegan, ME) in 2006. A version of Curtains, was installed in her solo at the LaMontagne Gallery (Boston, MA) in 2014.
Evelyn Rydz (b. 1979, Miami, FL) received an M.F.A. from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA) in 2005. Rydz was the recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Drawing Fellowship, a 2012 SMFA Traveling Fellow, and a Bruce Dayton MassArt Faculty Foundation Fellowship.
Ximena Alejandra Izquierdo Ugáz (b. 1992, Lima, Peru) is a multimedia artist, curator and educator born in Lima, Perú. Her work primarily touches on the imprint of inter-generational trauma within her own family in relationship to place and migration. She is one of the Teen Programs Coordinators at the Brooklyn Museum (Brooklyn, NY), where she is committed to elevating the excellence and voices of queer youth of color.
Lucía Hierro (b.1987, New York City, NY) is a Dominican American artist born and raised in NYC, Washington Heights/Inwood. She received an M.F.A. from Yale School of Art (New Haven, CT). She has exhibited at the Neuberger Museum of Art (Purchase, NY), the Northern Manhattan Art Alliance in Washington Heights (NY, NY) and recently at the N’Namdi Gallery (Detroit, MI). She was an artist in residence at Yaddo (Saratoga Springs, NY) and currently part of the Artist in the Marketplace program at the Bronx Museum of the Arts (Bronx, NY).
Teresa Margolles (b. 1963, Culiacán, Mexico) lives and works in Mexico City. Since she was a member of the group SEMEFO, Servicio Medico Forense - Forensic Medical Services), Margolles has chosen the morgue, the dissecting room, and the violence-ridden streets of Mexicofor her work. These are places of death but also places which bear witness to social unrest in what may be the world’s biggest metropolis, Mexico City. Her work has been shown at the Tate Modern (London, UK), MoMA PS1 (L.I.C., NY) and represented Mexico in the 55th Venice Bienale (Venice, IT).
Joiri Minaya (b. 1990, New York, NY) graduated from the Escuela Nacional de Artes Visuales (Santo Domingo, DR) in 2009, the Altos de Chavón school of Design (La Romana, D.R.) in 2011 and Parsons School for Design (NY, NY) in 2013. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (Skowhegan, ME) in 2013. Minaya’s work is influenced by her experiences of living between the United States and the Dominican Republic. Her work mediates on representation, identity constructions, gender roles, migration and nature from a personal space but also through larger transcultural and historical frames.
Magda Fernández (b. 1957, Havana, Cuba) is a Boston based video artist who received an M.F.A from the Massachusetts College of Art. Blurring theater and performance, Fernández makes silent, diaristic videos that revolve around the duality of themes such as power, helplessness, fantasy, reality, memory and history. She has exhibited at the Copley Society of Art (Boston, MA), the Mills Gallery (Boston, MA), and the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (Peekskill, NY).
Dell M. Hamilton is an interdisciplinary artist, write and curator whose lectures and art projects have been presented in the U.S. as well as in France, Italy and Chile. Dell received a B.A. in Journalism from Northeastern University (Boston, MA) and her M.F.A. at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA). Born in Spanish Harlem and with ancestral roots in Belize, Honduras and the Caribbean, her practice wrestles with the social and geo-political constructions of gender, race, language and history through performance, installation, drawing, photography and video. She has shown in the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (Boston, MA) and the Smithsonian Museum (Washington D.C.)
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