Featuring: Migdalia Luz Barens-Vera
Description: Interpolations is a conceptual photographic series about physical absence and oblivion, and the nostalgia that results from these. The viewer is presented with a collection of portraits composed of a single naked human body with colored masking tape covering the head and digitally erased physical details—placed against a white background. A metaphor of the act of erasure of identity—these blurred and digitally manipulated subjects are faced with the possibility of being erased and forgotten. As a result, they are confronted with the desperate need to redefine one's sense of self.
Location: Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino, 200 Convention Boulevard, San Juan, 00907, Puero Rico
Sponsored by: Puerto Rico Sheraton Hotel & Casino and FotoVisura Inc.
Artist Bio: Migdalia Luz Barens-Vera is a multidisciplinary artist, born in Puerto Rico; whose work combines photography, installation, video and performance art. Has an MFA in New Media from Transart Institute (Berlin/New York) and is a certified Alexander Technique Teacher. Her solo shows include four multimedia installation exhibitions at Taller Boricua (New York), Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, El Antiguo Cuartel de Ballajá (PR) and Metro: Plataforma organizada (PR)–exhibited as well in the IX International Biennial of Cuenca (Ecuador) and the Bronx Museum of the Arts Biennial (NY). She has extensively shown her artwork in different museums and art venues such as at Trampolim: Galeria Homero Massena (Brazil), Museo del Barrio (NY), MMX Open Venue (Berlin), Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (Chicago), AREA (PR), Low Lives 2 (NY), Warwick Arts Festival (NY), International Caribbean Art Fair (NY) and Scope Art Fair (Miami) among others. She has collaborated as a photographer, videographer, graphic designer, costume designer and actress with theater companies such as Quality Meats (NY), Caborca Theater (NY), Nueva Escena (NY/PR), NewWorks Lab Production (NY) and Teatro Iré (PR); working in various theaters and festivals like Chashama Theater (NY), Pregones Theater (NY), Teatro Victoria Espinosa (PR), Centro de Bellas Artes (PR), Teatro Tapia (PR), the Latin American Theater Festival (El Salvador and Nicaragua), the IV Theater Festival (Dominican Republic), Festival de Artes Escénicas (PR), Festival Internacional de Cine (Cuba) among others. Her work forms part of public and private art collections.