Exhibition: THE SOCRATES ANNUAL, 2018
Aluminum, polycarbonate sheets, one-way vision perforated vinyl, wood
12 x 16 x 10 feet
For Tropticon, Joiri Minaya appropriates a retail backyard greenhouse and cloaks it in one-way perforated vinyl printed with pixelated botanical images. The installation poses questions of visibility—from the outside the interior will be obscured, whereas from within the piece will function as a panopticon—while destabilizing the greenhouse’s function as colonial repository of tropical plants.
Joiri Minaya (b. New York, NY in 1990; lives and works in New York, NY) received her BFA from Parsons, The New School for Design in 2013. She frequently brings her experience of having lived in the Dominican Republic and the U.S. to her art with an acute awareness of differences in cultural contexts. She explores concepts of representation, gender roles, identity construction, migration, and nature.
Minaya has had solo exhibitions in Guttenberg Arts, NJ (2016), El Museo del Barrio, NY (2016), and Centro de la Imagen, Santo Domingo, DR (2015). Her works have also been in numerous group exhibitions, for example, Gardens of the Minds, African American Museum, Philadelphia, PA (2017), Latinx@mericañaza, Samsøñ, Boston, MA (2016), and Metanoia: Practices of Exhaustion, Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn, NY (2014), among others. She has an upcoming show at Towson University, Maryland in September 2018.
Photography by Scott Lynch and Sara Morgan
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