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Kevin Quiles Bonilla 1
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Kevin Quiles Bonilla

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All Day
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Glyndor Gallery
Kevin Quiles Bonilla 1
“While you dried in the sand,” 2021, custom print on three (3) beach towels, custom prints on two (2) beach sling chairs, two (2) small towels, portable radio, sand. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by John Groo. Installation view at Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT

Through installation and performance, Kevin Quiles Bonilla investigates notions of colonial history and consumption through the lens of his Latinx cultural heritage. In the Sunroom, Bonilla’s site-specific iteration of While you dried in the sand explores the way that Puerto Rican and Caribbean culture are commodified and fetishized for the tourist industry and characterized predominately as a site of leisure. Conflating reality and fantasy, Bonilla’s project comprises custom-printed beach towels, sling chairs, imagery of Puerto Rico from postcards alongside documentation taken after Hurricane Maria (this year marks the fifth anniversary), recordings of emergency radio announcements, and sand covering the floor of the space. In the context of Wave Hill, this installation examines the beach, as well as the garden, as politically charged spaces.

  • Kevin Quiles Bonilla

    Kevin Quiles Bonilla

    Kevin Quiles Bonilla

    Kevin Quiles Bonilla is an interdisciplinary artist born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His work has been presented in Puerto Rico, the United States, Mexico, China, Belgium, Japan, and Greece. Venues include the Brooklyn Museum, Queens Museum, The 8th Floor, Dedalus Foundation, Smack Mellon and the Leslie-Lohman Museum, all in New York. He currently lives and works between Puerto Rico and New York. He received a BFA in photography from the University of Puerto Rico and an MFA in Fine Arts from Parsons The New School for Design.

    Learn more about the artist at kevinquilesbonilla.com

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