With One Foot Here & The Other There
Curated by Patricia Encarnación
The Dominican diaspora is recognized for its strong culture, tight costume, and connection to its native land. This community predominately inhabits Upper Manhattan, recently renamed Little Dominican because of their cultural presence in the area. But despite this solid attempt to import their customs, the island community constantly questions the validity of Dominican-ness in the diaspora. The exhibition With One Foot Here & Another There explores the Dominican Caribbean identity and its diaspora.
The artists analyze and discover their Dominican-ness through their work, exploring themes such as religious syncretism, the quotidian, and their relationship with the family that still live in the Dominican Republic. This space will seek to gather US-born artists (second generation) and Dominican emigrants to englobe Dominican culture both here and in the Dominican Republic. At the same time encourages the diaspora to understand that we need to build a sense of political responsibility towards our motherlands.
It is essential to emphasize the importance of this exhibition since the Dominican community is one of the most predominant in NYC and has historically been left outside of cultural spaces, limiting the community to only being recognized superficially by the rest of the city. This exhibition allows expanding the perception of the Dominican Diaspora in NYC and pushes the public to engage with the multiverse of what the Dominican-ness represents.
About the Artist
Patricia Encarnación is an Afro-Caribbean she/her interdisciplinary artist and scholar who explores the idea of being from the Caribbean through reconstructing quotidian objects, landscapes, and aesthetics she was exposed to while growing up in her homeland. After being awarded a full-tuition scholarship, Encarnación completed her BFA at Parsons The New School of Design, New York. Encarnación has participated twice in the Centro Leon Jiménez Biennial and won the prize awarded by Cádiz for cultural immersion and Art residency with Tropiques Atrium in Martinique. She has participated in multiple residencies with institutions like MuseumsQuartier Vienna, Kovent Catalonia, and Smack Mellon as a Van Lier recipient. And collective exhibitions like Afro Syncretic at NYU, I am new Afro Latinx at MOLAA, CA, and V00001 at Homework Gallery during Miami art week. Recently, Encarnación finished her MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies concentration in Museum Studies at New York University and is part of the Silver Art Projects art residency at the World Trade Center.