DISSONANCE

LORENZO HOMAR GALLERY

TALLER PUERTORRIQUENO

PHILADELPHIA, PA

In 2017, I created this site-specific installation at Taller Puertorriqueño's new corazon cultrual center. Using shaped and unshaped found objects, plated planes, and recorded sound, Dissonance explores the boundaries of power and powerlessness, oppression and resistance.

Using mangled and misshapen pots and pans, the show evokes the “cacerolazos” of Venezuela, protests in which citizens take to the streets and bang pots and pans in response to the crises currently gripping the country. The cacerolazos epitomize the public’s outcry, while the curved plated planes allude to the shields used by the police to subdue the crowds.  The project was inspired in part by political unrest between the protests in Venezuela, Ukraine and and here in the United States where militarized police forces clashed with civilians. The sound design, which was done in collaboration with the artist and musician Daniel de Jesús, gives the work resonance beyond its physical form.

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