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Opening Reception for Bordering the Imaginary

  • BRIC 647 Fulton Street rooklyn, NY 11217 (map)
Edouard Duval Carrie,  Hispaniola Saga , 2016

Edouard Duval Carrie, Hispaniola Saga, 2016


Sponsored by GOYA

CURATED BY: Abigail Lapin Dardashti, Franco-Dominican Ph.D. candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center and specialist in postwar Latin American art.

Bordering the Imaginary investigates the complicated relationship between the Dominican Republic and Haiti—two nations that share a single island. The exhibition features work in a wide array of media by 20 Dominican and Haitian artists, based in both their native countries and in the United States. The artists draw on their experiences of difference, movement, and immigration to create a collective visual narrative that exposes inequalities and stereotypes of race, gender, and sexuality, which have plagued the island since the 15th century. Their work also displays the vitality of the visual arts in their communities. Through the exhibition, exhibition catalogue, and public programs, Bordering the Imaginary will reveal the complexities of a historically shifting transnational border space and the formation of distinct but intertwined nations.

ARTISTS: Freddy RodríguezJulia Santos SolomonTessa MarsVladimir Cybil CharlierScherezade GarciaFabiola Jean-LouisGroana MelendezEdouard Duval CarriéPascal MeccierelloAlex MorelArtiz ResistanRaquel PaiewonskyRoberto StephensonNyugen E. SmithPatrick EugeneRaúl RecioIliana Emilia Garcia

About the Curator:
As a Franco-Dominican Ph.D. candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center, Abigail Lapin Dardashtispecializes in postwar Latin American art. Her research focuses on formations of ethno-religious and racial identity in 20th-century art of the Americas, with a concentration on the Dominican Republic and Brazil. Her work has been funded by the Mellon Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, the CUNY Graduate Center and the New York Council of the Humanities, and was recently published in Public Art Dialogue and Diálogo. In 2015, she was a Mellon Curatorial Fellow at the Studio Museum in Harlem. The following year, she was guest curator at Taller Puertorriqueño in Philadelphia and curated Unpacking Hispañola: Scherezade Garcia and Firelei Baez. Lapin received a B.A. in Spanish at NYU and an M.A. in Art History at the Institute of Fine Arts (NYU). Her work on Dominican and Dominican American art emerged through fellowships at the Museo de Arte Moderno, Santo Domingo, in 2012 and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 2014. She is currently a Museum Research Consortium Fellow at The Museum of Modern Art, NY.