Where we go, there we are

This work stems from a deeper examination of the vejigante, a folkloric creature-like character found in Puerto Rican festival celebrations, and carnival costume and mask making practices found in the Caribbean and West Africa. These practices pull together the detritus of their locals. Everyday domestic materials and local flora are used to construct densely designed costumes that carry spiritual meaning, are tools for protest, and the manifestation of the blending of African, Indigenous, and European aesthetics.

  • David Rios Ferreira
  • 2019
  • Project for Empty Space, Newark, NJ.
  • Mixed Media
  • Non-photo Blue, Ink, Collage, Screen Printing Ink and Gouache on Mylar
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  • 53.5" x 40"
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