Artist Joiri Minaya unveils ‘Uncatered’ at Guttenberg Arts Gallery

GUTTENBERG – “Uncatered,” a solo exhibition of works by Joiri Minaya, will be on view from Feb. 5 through March 1 at Guttenberg Arts Gallery, 6903 Jackson St. The opening reception will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 5, with an artist talk at 8 p.m.
Minaya is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work investigates the female body and experience in relation to identity, social space, and hierarchies. Throughout her work, Minaya’s direct focus on otherness, self-consciousness, and displacement is inspired not only by women in her family, but issues of labor, dislocation, psychology, myth, art history, magic realism, and symbols.
Her works thoroughly question and examine historical hierarchies that inform and condition current identities.
“Uncatered” focuses on the construction of the female subject in relation to nature and landscape in a “tropical” context, shaped by a foreign “gaze” that demands leisure and pleasure. These new works include “Siboney,” which explores stereotypical constructions of the Caribbean and the Caribbean women based on elaborate fantasies drafted from the position of the foreign other.
Additional works such as “Container” are the first of a series of photographs that feature a woman in natural environments wearing bodysuits made out of fabric with designs that represent nature.
Born in New York, Minaya grew up in the Dominican Republic. 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 lives and works in the U.S. and Dominican Republic.
For more information on “Uncatered” contact or (201) 868-8585. Guttenberg Art Gallery is free and open to the public by appointment.

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