Joiri Minaya

"My work is a reassertion of Self, an exercise of unlearning, decolonizing and exorcizing imposed histories, cultures and ideas. It’s about reconciling the experience of having grown up in the Dominican Republic with living and navigating the U.S. / global North; using gaps, disconnections and misinterpretations as fertile ground for creativity. I’ve learned there is a Gaze thrust upon me which others me. I turn it upon itself, mainly by seeming to fulfill its expectations, but instead sabotaging them, thus regaining power and agency. Inter-disciplinarily, I explore the performativity of tropical identity as product: the performance of labor, decoration, beauty, leisure, service."

(excerpt from a text by Joiri Minaya on the artist's website)

Biography

Born in New York, Joiri Minaya grew up in the Dominican Republic. She holds an Associate’s Degree from the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes in Santo Domingo, and a BFA in Fine Arts from Parsons the New School for Design in New York. She participated in residencies in the United States, such as Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Guttenberg Arts and BronxArtSpace. Her works have been presented in many individual and group shows across the Caribbean and in the United States. In 2015, she was the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Grant.

Recent exhibitions

2016

#dominicanwomengooglesearch, Sunroom Project Space at Wave Hill, Bronx, New York (USA)

Uncatered, Guttenberg Arts, Guttenberg (USA)

Redecode: a tropical theme is a great way to create a fresh, peaceful, relaxing atmosphere, El Museo del Barrio, New York (USA)

2015

Doméstica Foránea, Centro de la Imagen, Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic)