Fertile Ground

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Fertile Ground

Joiri Minaya, Labadee [still]

“When bodies are equated with land,” curator Heather Bhandari says in the text accompanying her excellent new exhibit at Brown, “they are subject to ownership and cultivation.” They also become tourist sites, as expressed explicitly by three artists from Florida, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic. The show is lovely to look at, though to admit that totally misses the point. For the series Containers, Joiri Minaya places female models in head-to-toe spandex bodysuits that mirror the landscape, then poses them sexily in luscious tropical settings. In a searing, spandex-wrapped video installation, viewers are required to sit in plastic lounge chairs to watch tired-looking white tourists lounge around Haiti. In Zoë Charlton’s expansive wall collages, black female bodies morph into trees and birds. Maria Berrio’s painstakingly rendered collage pieces incorporate mythological elements, as girls navigate landscapes filled with animals – goats, tigers, owls – all of which are rendered to their proportions.

September 03 2019


Date: September 3, 2019
Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cost: Free
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