118 Years of Colonialism: A Series of Events
Curated by Natalia Viera Salgado
October 27 - November 4, 2016
CP Projects Space, 132 West 21st Street, 10th floor, New York, NY
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 27 6:00-8:00 pm
An exhibition featuring Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Mónica Rodríguez, Karlo Andrei Ibarra, Christopher Gregory and Rafael Miranda Mattei.
CP Projects Space is pleased to present 118 Years of Colonialism: A Series of Events, an exhibition featuring works by Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Mónica Rodríguez, Karlo Andrei Ibarra, Christopher Gregory and Rafael Miranda Mattei, curated by Natalia Viera Salgado, a curatorial fellow in the MA Curatorial Practice program at the School of Visual Arts. The exhibition explores some of the repercussions and contradictions that colonialism and post-colonialism inflict on Puerto Rico today, focusing directly on the relationship between the United States and Puerto Rico.
Through their work, these artists will present a series of events that exposes repeated situations of imperialism, power and unsustainable conditions that Puerto Ricans have faced for more than 118 years. It is important to look back at some of the historical events that have led the Puerto Rican people to contradictions in terms of untenable political and economic situations and have raised questions about Puerto Rican identity and loss of sovereignty. Beatriz Santiago Muñoz presents a video shot in the decommissioned U.S. naval base Roosevelt Roads, where nature has reclaimed its space during the decade since the base was closed. Mónica Rodríguez presents a series of 33 drawings she made, recreating the New York Times press coverage on the U.S. invasion of Puerto Rico in 1898 in contrast to the coverage of La Correspondencia de Puerto Rico. Karlo Andrei Ibarra presents a black Puerto Rican flag with a nightstick that represents police brutality and violence, along with a work in which he posted in a local newspaper an obituary for the Puerto Rican Commonwealth, commonly known as Estado Libre Asociado. Christopher Gregory presents a series of photographs of Puerto Ricans politically persecuted under the guise of security surveillance. Rafael Miranda Mattei reinterprets On Kawara’s well-known dated paintings, with a silkscreen print, July.25.1898, that represents the U.S. invasion.
Image courtesy: Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Post-Military Cinema, Video (still) 2014
Image courtesy of Natalia Viera