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Scherezade Garcia

Outcasts: Women in the Wilderness
Glyndor Gallery | April 8–July 9, 2017

Pictured above:
Yemaya I, 2016
Acrylic, ink, charcoal, printmaking on canvas
Courtesy of the artist

Scherezade Garcia creates reclaimed visions for Afro-Latino communities, highlighting themes of migration, intergenerational relationships and identity politics. Portrayed on two panels, Yemaya portray a sea goddess, a “warrior” who “came to America with the first cargo of West Africans. She carries the roots of all of us, from Africa, from the sea. She was transformed to survive and acquired new powers in the different corners of this vast continent. Yet, her search is endless: she is unable to find the body of water to call home. She is in constant transit in that liquid highway that we call our oceans.”

Garcia’s paintings stem from the idea of colonizing the colonizer, subverting Eurocentric rituals into politicized expressions for communities of color. Her process involves several layers of black and gold acrylic paint, symbolic of a politics of inclusion that refers to Spanish Moors, the African diaspora, Baroque cultures and the Caribbean Islands. Garcia emphasizes the urgency for women to assert self-agency for land and resources in a global context.

Garcia sees the theme of the exhibition as “a manifestation of resilience; no matter what, the outcast, out of resilience, becomes stronger and creates a new voice. That voice gives rise to questioning, revolution and evolution, which entails beauty and suffering, hand in hand.”

Scherezade Garcia explores collective and ancestral memory in her studio-based practice and her public interventions, examining quasi-mythical portraits of migration and cultural colonization. She has participated in the S-Files Biennial at El Museo del Barrio, the fourth Caribbean Biennial, the Havana Biennial and other international exhibitions. Her work is in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, El Museo del Barrio and Museo de Arte Moderno de Santo Domingo. Her latest commission, The Liquid Highway, was on display at Miller Theater at Columbia University in 2016.Garcia received a Painters and Sculptors Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation. She is a co-founder of the Dominican York Proyecto Gráfica. Garcia holds an AAS from Altos de Chavón School of Design, a BFA from Parsons School of Design and an MFA from the City College of New York. She teaches at Parsons School of Design.

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Support for the Visual Arts Program is provided by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.