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Insular Dialogues / Dialogos insulares : Polibio Díaz / Joiri Minaya

Polibio Díaz / Joiri Minaya




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November 15th – December 4th, 2015
4:00 – 6:30 PM
JVS Project Space
176 East 106th Street, 4th Floor, New York City
Bet. Lexington and 3rd Avenues

On november 15th, Opening of recent photographs and video work by these two contemporary Dominican artists of international acclaim. Minaya’s work explores representation and questions the personal and collective identity in relation to location, displacement and assimilation. Diaz’s work explores the subject of identity of the Dominican people in the island and abroad. Both coincide in this exhibition to present works that use the concepts of reflection and projection to meditate about the complexities of identity in a transnational context.


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Joiri Minaya is a Dominican – American artist born in 1990. She graduated from the Escuela Nacional de Artes Visuales (ENAV) in Santo Domingo, D.R. in 2009, the Altos de Chavón School of Design in La Romana, D.R. in 2011 and Parsons the New School for Design in 2013. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2013.

Minaya is the recipient of the Great Prize and the Audience Award in the XXV Concurso de Arte Eduardo León Jimenes at the Centro León in Santiago, D.R., the Great Prize of the XXVII National Biennial of the Museum of Modern Art in Santo Domingo, and the Bluhdorn and Parsons Scholarships in 2011. She has participated in the 2015 NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts) Mentoring Program for Immigrant Artists and the 2014 L-EST European Performing Arts and Transmedia Lab at MA Scène Nationale, Montbéliard, France. She will begin a residency at Guttenberg Arts this winter.


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Polibio Díaz, (b. 1952, in Barahona, Dominican Republic) studied photography at the University of Texas A & M, USA, where he graduated in Civil Engineering.
Polibio Díaz lives and works in the Dominican Republic, where he spends part of his time to teach photography to children in the poorest neighborhoods, also in Martinique and Mexico. Meanwhile, he teaches creative photography at the Museum of Modern Art in Santo Domingo.
Meanwhile, he teaches creative photography at the Museum of Modern Art in Santo Domingo.
He works on the subject of the identity of the Dominican people. His art, said: « to be directed towards my compatriots », so that we recognize and accept us as what we are: a wonderful and complex mix of several civilizations, with its different shades of color, reflected or projected in the complexity of our skin and our culture.


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