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MUSIC/PERFORMANCE ART

La jíbara bruja performance and video installation. BOOM Concepts Gallery. Pittsburgh, PA. Nov 2016

Luna Loba performance series. Founder, and artist. 2016 – Present.

Laugh of the Medusa performance series. Artist. 2016

“Flora y Falda” Multimedia and Dance/Folk performance collaboration between Shey Rivera and Lydia Perez & Grupo Yoruba 2 // AS220 Black Box Theater // June 26, 2015 //Providence, RI

Solo Performance Art pieces // 2014 – Present // Mills Gallery in Boston Center for the Arts, New Bedford Museum of Art, TODO BAJO CONTROL Performance Festival.

ISLANDS. Performance duo. Providence, RI. 2012- 2014. Various performances, including the launch of a Fluxus performance series at AS220’s 95 Empire Black Box Theater in Providence. RI.

Con(text) with Remote Control Tomato. A new media installation and performance about surveillance directed by SPREAD ART (Christina DeRoos & Thomas Bell). Performed as a “processing agent” for the piece. AS220, Providence, RI. October 2013. Click here for photos.

Makina Total Free. Multi-disciplinary performance by Cuban group OMNI ZONAFRANCA. Host and guest poet at the performance. Coordinator of the artists’ residency at AS220. 95 Empire Black Box Theater, Providence, RI. October 2013. Click here for video.

“ONO: 95 Instructions at 95 Empire”. A performance of event scores from Yoko Ono’s book “Grapefruit”. Interpreted two pieces: “Drinking for Orchestra” and “Tunafish Sandwich”; video projections, three gallons of water, and materials for a tunafish sandwich. AS220’s Black Box theater. Providence, RI. April 2013.

Las Tenoras. Feminist collective that creates and performs audiovisual poetry and performance. Shey Rivera, Sussy Santana and Marleny Luna. Las Tenoras: “Mujeres Enlatadas” performance on February 2013 at AS220’s Black Box theater. Providence, RI. Las Tenoras: “A Voice for the Silence performance at AS220’s Black Box theater. Providence, RI. September 2012. Read a review here.

The New Barbarians: X-treme Fashion Show performance directed and curated by Guillermo Gómez Peña and Michelle Ceballos from La Pocha Nostra performance troop. Intensive three day workshop and final performance at AS220’s Black Box Theater in Providence, RI. August 2012. Read a review here.

Monkee Head. Audio-visual and performative experimental music ensemble. 2011-Present. Several music performances at AS220 in Providence, RI, including a collaborative performance with Cuban abstract painter Reynier Ferrer at AS220’s 115 Empire Stage in September 2011.  Click here to see the video.

Rabia. Music performances throughout Puerto Rico, including independent music festivals. Recorded a full album titled “Side Effects of a Viral Disease” produced in 2006. Headlining act at the Tercera Descarga de la Avanzada Metálica in Santiago, Dominican Republic. Opening act for the Latin Grammy award-winning band Molotov at the Tito Puente Anfi-Theater in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

“Freakbox” collective performance poetry at the Nuyorican Café, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Performed as “Vita the Vermin Girl”. Hosted by Revista Tonguas. 2003. Curated by poet Loretta Collins.

 

PUBLICATIONS

Los buitres. Poetry collection. Edition of 80 books, Self published. July 2016.

“Naty and My Chaotic Stench” narrative fragment published in Witch Fingers, anthology of visual and literary works by artists in New England. Compiled and published by muti-genre artist Xander Marro.

No Hay Mentores. Social commentary on Puerto Rican culture and education. Published in El Nuevo Día, the main print and web news periodical in Puerto Rico. Mar 24, 2011.

Eight-article feature (both in English and Spanish) focused on the Latin American population and immigration in Rhode Island. Freelance Journalist; GoLocalProv.com. Nov 2010.

PuertoRicoIndie.com Round Tables 08 & 09. Guest writer.

.CRUDO, a bilingual online and yearly print arts and culture magazine. Founder, designer, editor, and artist/writer. April 2010. Notable articles: The Era of Monologue, ¡Ay que rico! FRESCOS from Puerto Rico, Reviving Eddie: Puerto Rico is “Retro-Cool”, Erotic Salsa Days: The Eddie Way, and The Golden Era of Television in Puerto Rico.

“Dorotea y Matilde”. Short story published on El Rehén, an independent zine in Puerto Rico.

Freelance journalist for Metro San Juan Magazine. Two articles on entertainment festivals. Production assistant for two fashion editorials. 2009.

“Chica Paladín”. Poem published in Los Otros Cuerpos: antología de temática gay, lésbica y ‘queer’ de Puerto Rico y su diáspora. The first literary anthology of queer poetry and narrative from Puerto Rico. Edited by Latin American writer and activist Moisés Agosto. 2007.

Tongüas magazine. Editorial Board Member. Judge and editor of bilingual literary submissions for the yearly student art and literature magazine of the English Department at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus. Illustrator and participating writer in volumes 3 and 4. 2003- 2004.

 

INSTALLATION ART

“La Minutauro”. MultiMedia Solo-Exhibit. Mobius Gallery, Boston, MA. May 18-22, 2015

“La fruta, la mia”. Mixed media installation. 2014. “MUJERES: Iron Maidens” group exhibit at La Galeria, Villa Victoria Center for the Arts. Boston, MA

“Wall of Worry”. Mixed media installation. 2012. “Saturnalia” Group show. Candita Clayton Studio. Pawtucket, RI. Curated by AS220 Gallery Director and artist Neal Walsh. December 2012.

“LasCallesOfMyChildhood”. Video loop, 2012. “Remembering” Group show. Attleboro Arts Museum. Attleboro, MA. July 2012.”My Story, Our Communities” Group show. Atrium Gallery, Providence, RI. Curated by Kameko Branchaud. June 2012.

“Cat & Crane”. Digital collage, 2011. Cat Call (Come to Mama) Group show. Knight Campus Art Gallery, Warwick, RI. Curated by Gallery Director and Photographer Viera Levitt.  April 2012

“We <3 Plaza” & “La Lupe 0”. Digital collages, 2011. “Mosaic of Latino Art” Group show. The First Congressional District Office, Pawtucket, RI. Curated by Elena Calderón-Patiño (Rhode Island State Council for the Arts) and hosted by Congressman David Cicilline and Rhode Island State Council for the Arts. October 2011 – January 2012. Read the article here.

“El pan de cada día” (“Our Daily Bread”). Mixed media installation, 2011. “HYDRA” Group show. Hera Gallery, Wakefield, RI. Curated by AS220 Gallery Director and artist Neal Walsh. November – December 2011. Read a review here.

“Sandungüeo”. Video loop, 2011. Mejunje: Experiments in Latin Identity Group show. AS220 Main Gallery, Providence, RI. September 2011.

“PRx: Conquista III”. Mixed media installation, 2009.CRISIS Group show. Galería de Arte, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Curated by artist Rigoberto Quintana. April 2009.

 

ARTS MANAGEMENT

AS220. Artistic Director (formerly Director of Programs and, previous to that, Associate Managing Director). AS220 is an internationally renouned arts non-profit with a budget of $4mil in Providence, Rhode Island. Programming, Operations and Strategic Planning. Coordinator for AS220’s Free Culture Award as well as the International Artist-In-Residence program in collaboration with the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts (RISCA). 2010-Present. Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional (CNAP).

  • Member of Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy’s Advisory Committee // 2016
  • Sophia Academy Board of Directors // 2016
  • Member of Congressman Jim Langevin’s Art and Culture Advisory Committee // 2015-2016
  • Member of Providence Cultural Equity Initiative’s Cultural Think Tank // 2016
  • Served in Mayor Jorge Elorza’s Art & Culture Transition Team // 2015

Festival de la Palabra 2010. Media and Marketing Coordinator & Production Manager. First ever major literature festival in Puerto Rico. Over 120 international writers and journalists participating in panels and events. Five days of events with book vendors, two stages with music and panels, workshops, poetry readings, exhibits, children’s activities, film screenings, and an interactive hall for bloggers and local publications. Two weeks of programming in Plaza Las Americas, the largest mall in the Caribbean. Film projects with writers Mayra Santos-Febres and Willie Perdomo. April-May 2010.

ProYect Syndrome. Founder and producer. ProYect Syndrome was an underground initiative to promote and book independent musical acts in Puerto Rico. 2005-2007. Collaborated with Bea Productions, Moskito Rock Crew, and Hard Noise productions. Scheduled and curated rock shows in several venues throughout Puerto Rico, including productionof several large-scale rock concerts at the Tito Puente Anfi-Theater in San Juan, Puerto Rico, including concerts for the Mexican bands Cafe Tacuva and Molotov.

 

COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP

Downtown Improvement District Board Honorary Member, 2017 – present

Downtown Parks Conservancy Advisory Committee, 2016 – present

Providence Cultural Equity Initiative, 2016 – present

Sophia Academy Board, 2016 – present

Congressman Jim Langevin’s Art and Culture Advisory Committee, 2015 – present

Mayor Jorge Elorza Art+Culture Transition Team, 2015

 

 

MEMBERSHIPS

National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC). Awarded admission into the Leadership Institute program. San Antonio, Texas. July 16-21, 2012. Currently a NALAC Member.

National Association for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC). Awarded admission into the Leadership Institute program. Portland, Oregon. June 2-8, 2012.

 

RESIDENCIES

Artist Residency. Santiago, Chile. March 3-12, 2017

Artist Residency. BOOM Concepts Studios. Pittsburgh, PA. Nov 2016.

Arts Management Residency. City of Asylum. Pittsburgh, PA. Feb 2015

 

EDUCATION

2008 – 2010. Graduate Studies in Media and Contemporary Culture. Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, San Juan, Puerto Rico. This includes credits in Cultural Branding, Cultural and Creative Industries, and Public Relations.

2002 – 2007. BA with double mayor in Psychology and Sociology; Cum Laude. University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus; San Juan, Puerto Rico. This includes credits in organizational psychology and two years of literature and creative writing.

1989 – 2002. American School; Bayamón, Puerto Rico. High Honors. Advanced Program.