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In the Studio: Tropical is Political – nibia pastrana santiago
Americas Society hosts the Puerto Rican artist on Instagram Live to discuss her practice in relation to the exhibition, Tropical Is Political.
nibia pastrana santiago, a Puerto Rican artist, will be in conversation with writer and independent curator Nicole Smythe-Johnson. This program will be held in conjunction with our current exhibition, Tropical Is Political: Caribbean Art Under the Visitor Economy Regime. pastrana santiago will discuss her work in the exhibition along with her flag currently on view as part of our Flag series as it relates to her artistic practice.
Join us live on Instagram from your cell phone, or watch on YouTube after, for a series of remote visits to artists' studios to bring Americas Society's Visual Arts public programs to your home. Check out the series playlist.
About the artist
Based in San Juan and trained in dance and improvisation, nibia pastrana santiago (b. Caguas, Puerto Rico, 1987) develops site-specific “choreographic events” to experiment with time, fiction, and notions of territory. Her work has been supported by the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña and the Fundación Puertorriqueña de las Humanidades. She is co-editor, along with dance scholar Susan Homar, of the upcoming book Habitar lo Imposible: Danza y experimentación en Puerto Rico (to be published in 2022). Currently, pastrana santiago is co-director at Beta-Local, a non-profit organization dedicated to support artists in Puerto Rico. From 2017 to 2021, pastrana santiago also served as the Dance Program Academic Coordinator at Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, the first of its kind in Puerto Rico. During the 2019 Whitney Biennial, she presented her durational performance: indisposed objects, suspended inaugurations or inevitable endings for an almost dance. In 2020, de Appel (Amsterdam) commissioned her most recent video work: some, some efforts, some conceivable efforts and her work is part of the exhibition Choreopolitics: Brendan Fernandes & nibia pastrana santiago at MASS MoCa. pastrana santiago holds an MFA in Dance with a Minor in Latina/o Studies from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a Post-Masters in Performance and Scenography Studies from a.pass, Belgium. She has performed and collaborated in works by Miguel Gutiérrez, DD Dorvillier, and Jennifer Monson’s /iLAND. pastrana santiago is a 2020-2022 fellow of the Puerto Rican Arts Initiative, supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Northwestern University, and University of Texas, Austin.
About the guest speaker
Nicole Smythe-Johnson is a writer and independent curator from Kingston, Jamaica. She is currently a PhD candidate in the department of art and art history at the University of Texas at Austin. Most recently, she was on the curatorial team for the 2022 Kingston Biennial and she worked on John Dunkley: Neither Day nor Night at the Perez Art Museum in Miami and the Folk Art Museum in New York, which formed the basis of her doctoral research. She was also editor of Caribbean Quarterly, the University of the West Indies’ flagship journal of culture and has written for a number of magazines and journals including Terremoto, Flash Art and the Small Axe project's sx visualities.
More digital content from Visual Arts at Americas Society:
- Check out the current exhibition Tropical Is Political: Caribbean Art Under the Visitor Economy Regime.
- Check out the current iteration of our Flag Series: nibia pastrana santiago –
YOUR ISLAND HERE.
- Read about the previous exhibition Geles Cabrera: Museo Escultórico.
- Read the exhibition catalogue for This Must Be the Place: Latin American Artists in New York, 1965–1975.
- Watch videos of recent events:
In the Studio Series
Major support for Tropical Is Political in both Americas Society and MAC is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The presentation of Tropical is Political: Caribbean Art Under the Visitor Economy Regime is made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts; by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature; by Etant donnés Contemporary Art, a program from Villa Albertine and FACE Foundation, in partnership with the French Embassy in the United States, with support from the French Ministry of Culture, Institut français, Ford Foundation, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, CHANEL, and ADAGP; and by the Smart Family Foundation of New York. Americas Society acknowledges the generous support from the Arts of the Americas Circle contributors: Estrellita B. Brodsky, Virginia Cowles Schroth, Emily A. Engel, Diana Fane, Galeria Almeida e Dale, Isabella Hutchinson, Carolina Jannicelli, Vivian Pfeiffer, Phillips, Gabriela Pérez Rocchietti, Erica Roberts, Sharon Schultz, Diana López and Herman Sifontes, and Edward J. Sullivan. The presentation of the exhibition at MAC in San Juan is made possible by support from the Teiger Foundation.