ArtistNConversation: Yelaine Rodriguez

Thursday, March 17, 2022, 7:00 PM (EST)

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This month’s ArtistNConversation features artist Yelaine Rodriguez, a Bronx-born-and-based Afro-Dominican artist, educator, curator, and cultural organizer. The program is part of our current exhibition All My Ancestors: The Spiritual in Afro-Latinx Art curated by Tatiana Reinoza, PhD, and will be hosted by Gustavo Garcia, Associate Director for Digital Media & Artist Residencies at Brandywine Workshop and Archives.

In their discussion, Rodriguez will present Ebbó, an opera film directed by Rodriguez, based on Cuban composer Louis Aguirre, and librettist Rafael Almanza 1998 opera-oratorio. The performance was commissioned by the Americas Society.

Ebbó recounts an African legend in which Queen Apetebí refuses to sacrifice (ebbó or ebó) her beautiful bird and is condemned to death for her disobedience. Rodriguez, who studied fashion design at Parsons, designed the dazzling costumes and worked with choreographers to film the dancers onsite in the ruins of colonial buildings on the shores of the Dominican Republic. Aguirre called the visual and dramatic spectacle an “exorcism of the island.” Her etching Ebbó: The Embrace (2021) is drawn from a film still and documents her recent collaboration with master printer Pepe Coronado in Austin, TX.

ArtistNConversation is presented on the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM (EST)

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