Cuando el maguey cae en un río
Jorge González’s artistic practice calls on Boricua and Puerto Rican material culture to bridge Indigenous and modern ways of living and making. In response to the lack of everyday and academic knowledge and spaces for Boricua practices and history, in 2014 González established Escuela de Oficios, a space for collective learning and self-directed education. Its activities include mapping, documenting, and engaging in artisanal techniques, and a mobile program that includes conversations, workshops, and exhibitions. His work has been exhibited internationally, including solo presentations at Embajada, San Juan; International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York; and Roberto Paradise, San Juan. His work also has been included in exhibitions at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and in documenta 14. In 2017, González was awarded the Davidoff Arts Initiative grant to be part of Escuela Flora in Bogotá.
Monica Rodriguez (b. 1980, San Juan, Puerto Rico) examines the history of American Imperialism and its colonial impact on the political, economic and social conditions of the Caribbean. Her work often takes up archival documents in order to question the ways in which dominant historical narratives of power are constructed and represented. Rodriguez received a BFA from the Escuela de Artes Plásticas y Diseño de Puerto Rico (2005), an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, California (2011) and she was a fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program, New York (2012 – 2013). Rodriguez has exhibited her work internationally, including Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions; 19th Contemporary Art Festival Videobrasil, Sao Paulo, Brazil; pact Zollverein, Essen, Germany; among others. Rodriguez lives and works in Los Angeles, California.