Quisqueya Henriquez, proposal for Volta NY 2017
“For Volta NY 2017, I am proposing works from the series “Ordinary
Objects (Equal Aesthetic Rights)” (2015-16), “Secret Possibilities
(2016)”, and “Body Reconstruction” (2015). These works speak the
language of abstraction and appropriation, mainly from the XX
Century, and abound in historical and social references, always in
dialogue with my own cultural surroundings.
Throughout my work, the constant references to abstraction and
appropriation coexist with different narratives emerging from the
media, other disciplines, and the use of certain materials and subjects.
This frames my artistic practice in a continuous conceptual tension
between diverging definitions of culture, gender and racial stereotypes,
micro-politics, and the connection between the local and global
Some of my work also ponders the role of rigid categories such as
High and Low Culture. It questions how and who creates the aesthetic
hierarchies in Western Culture, the place of geopolitics in Art History,
and the legitimacy and sources of authorship.
The foregoing are the common threads that run throughout the works
I am proposing for Volta NY 2017.”