Quisqueya Henríquez employs a sophisticated sense of humor that in some work appears with subtlety and in others the use of obvious text. The beauty and brilliant colors draw you in, and then she tickles you. Her latest exhibition, Double Double, Framed & Framed, opened in February at LYNCH THAM and is on view until April 12th. The gallery also showed Quisqueya’s work at this year’s Volta Art Fair. Born in Cuba, she was raised in Dominican Republic and currently lives there.
The pursuit to explore and reconcile the diaspora could be one of the most challenging pursuits. Your ideas, beliefs, your practices and what you determine to be good, true, and beautiful will often be found in the minority. And then there are your lived experiences; the world that you became a part of through a particular set of practices of enculturation; your ideas, are often faced with adversity. It is discord, often arising from the actions and words of the majority, of whom have not the faintest idea of what this enculturation process threads deep into your psyche. What you hold dear, what you value, what you consider right or wrong; those things which you are passing judgment on, you value completely different. Born of an experience of opposition and exile, unity and newfound freedoms, these sublayers are composed of the history that create diasporic peoples in the world, whether they are Jews, Palestinians, Black Americans, Mexicans, Cubans, or Quisqueya Henríquez.
Quisqueya’s work evolves in the context of appropriation with a digital and object itinerary. The works stem from her 2013 Artist in Residence program at the Bronx Museum, where she focused on New York City symbology.
She chose MoMA, an iconic New York institution, with its online image library of notable works. Her photographic paper collage/sculptures are from printed images of recognizable works which are then photographed. The photograph is framed and placed within a larger framed pattern. The curious results create a sculptural gathering of the familiar and the new. The works become an object frames and all. The patterns are visually seductive with eye-catching color, and strong geometric patterns calling you in to see its yolk.