a 2-day multimedia exhibition reflecting upon the political and economic crisis in Puerto Rico and its history as a colony of the United States.

Works by Shey Rivera Ríos + Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez, Puerto Rican artists and curators based in Providence, RI

On June 29th the Congress of the United States of America passed the PROMESA ACT. This law has explicit human rights violations. A direct impact upon the lives of over 3.5 million U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico. This exhibition is a reaction to this act of violence.

RISD Expose Gallery // Providence, RI // August 5-6, 201g // https://www.facebook.com/events/271847463181090/

Distillery Gallery // Boston, MA // Sept 9 – Oct 1, 2016 // https://www.facebook.com/events/1832558560306570/

This exhibit intends to shed light light upon the PROMESA bill that was passed in June 2016, which will establish a Fiscal Oversight Board that can override Puerto Rico’s government. This board will have authority to privatize public institutions, change labor laws, and act upon other matters that are seen as human rights violations by the Puerto Rican population. The existence of this Fiscal Oversight Board reverts Puerto Rico from a territory with autonomous rule (commonwealth), to a colony directly overseen by a board of individuals appointed by the U.S. Government. This is a place where 3 million U.S. citizens reside, who cannot vote on the Presidential elections and now cannot participate in the decision-making process that intends to restructure the 72 billion dollar debt that was created in the 80s by questionable legislation that deregulated business practices and gave extraordinary tax exemptions to U.S. businesses. 


“Bizcocho” is a Pillsbury ad from 1950s projected inside the silhouette of the island of Puerto Rico as a commentary on imperialism. “I am not sorry” is a video loop of Lola Lebron, a Puerto Rican nationalist who was convicted of a shooting at the U.S. Congress.


Press and Information about PROMESA at CRUDOPROD.COM

Review by BIG RED & SHINY 


“P.R.O.M.E.S.A.”  // installation of US Congress Act PROMESA; paper and a bottle of kerosene // Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez 2016

“I am not sorry” // video loop // SRR & AVR collab 2016

“Bizcocho” // video loop // Shey Rivera Rios 2016

“Puerto Rico Noir” //oil, pencil and paint marker on paper, 77” X 55”.  Based on Military map, island of Puerto Rico 1898. “Courtesy of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library.” // Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez, 2011

“Bandera Noir” // intervened flag // Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez, 2016

“Portal a la orilla” // video loop projection in freight elevator // SRR & AVR collab 2016

“Fuck PROMESA” // Performance: collective burning of the bill,  Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez 2016. video footage available.

“Domino Noir” // Black table for playing dominoes; red dominoes. Participatory performance/installation. Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez, installation 2016

***White candles and bowls of water were set throughout the room, as a reverence and reference to a cleansing ritual. Candles at each of the four points. Elements: fire, air, and water.

Collaboration between Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez and Shey Rivera Rios

After-party for ¡CAPICÚ! Let Them Eat Cake opening reception;
10PM September 16, 2016
Good Life, 28 Kingston Street, Boston.