Artist Conversation: Colonialism as Disability/Disability as Colonialism at Real Art Ways

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Artist Conversation: Colonialism as Disability/Disability as Colonialism

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Real Art Ways presents a conversation between New York-based artist Alex Dolores Salerno, Puerto Rico-based artist Miguel González Cordero, and exhibiting artist Kevin Quiles Bonilla. On Thursday, July 22 at 6:30 PM EDT, the three artists will present their work and explore the various ways disability, queerness, and Puerto Rican identity collide. The conversation will last about an hour with a question-and-answer portion at the end. This event will be held on Zoom and live-streamed to the Real Art Ways Facebook page.

Accessibility: Automated closed captions will be provided by Zoom, and all images/videos will be visually described.

This panel is supported in part by the Artist Engagement Fund from the National Performance Network.

About The Artists:

Kevin Quiles Bonilla (b. 1992) is an interdisciplinary artist born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He received a BA in Fine Arts – Photography from the University of Puerto Rico (2015) and an MFA in Fine Arts from Parsons The New School for Design (2018). He has recently presented his work at The Brooklyn Museum, Queens Museum, The Shelly & Rubin Foundation’s 8th Floor Gallery, Dedalus Foundation, and the Leslie-Lohman Museum’s Project Space. He has been an artist in residence at Art Beyond Sight’s Arts + Disability Residency (2018-2019), Leslie-Lohman Museum’s Queer Performance Residency (2019) and LMCC’s Workspace Residency (2019-2020). He currently lives and works between Puerto Rico and New York.

Alex Dolores Salerno (b. 1994, Washington D.C.) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Informed by themes of care, interdependency, and queer-crip time, they work to critique standards of productivity, notions of normative embodiment and the commodification of rest. Salerno received their M.F.A. in Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design and their B.S. in Studio Art from Skidmore College. They have exhibited at The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation’s 8th Floor Gallery, the Ford Foundation Gallery, Franklin Street Works, Gibney Dance, among others. Their work has been featured in the New York Times and Art in America. Recently, they participated in Art Beyond Sight’s Art & Disability Residency (2019-2020), and are currently an artist in residence in the Artist Studios Program (cycle 35) at the Museum of Arts and Design.

Miguel González Cordero (b.1993), is an interdisciplinary artist from Vega Baja, Puerto Rico. In 2016, Miguel González Cordero received his BA in Visual Arts from the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón in Santurce, Puerto Rico. In 2014, he held his first solo exhibition “Danza Coralina”, José Pepín Méndez Gallery at Universidad del Sagrado Corazón. González Cordero has participated in group exhibitions such as “DISLOQUE” at AREA Lugar de Proyectos, Caguas, PR (2016), “Video Voces Boricuas” at Tres50 Espacio Cultural, Chiapas, Mexico (2018), “Exploración Corporea: Formas y Movimiento” in Diagonal (2019), and “25 / 25 ”at Galería de Arte de Universidad del Sagrado Corazón (2020) both in Santurce, Puerto Rico. He is currently studying a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design at the School of Design and Architecture of the Ana G. Méndez University, Gurabo Campus in Puerto Rico.


Image captions from left:
Kevin Quiles Bonilla
“Untitled (Exposure therapy documentation)”
Analogue photography, 2002/2021

Alex Dolores Salerno
“Pillow Fight”
Used pillow cases and medical ephemera, 2019-ongoing

Miguel González Corderro
“How Do You Shower?”
Pastels on paper, 2020