(Sound art, 2010) A piece investigating issues of mobility and relational aesthetics. It documents and explores the processes of connectiveness and transnationality. How people develop commonalities and a distinct language when relating to each other?


We have to search for common threads.
We must find points of connection.
We must find the places we have inhabited in different times:
a city, a language, a moment that link us together.
I was in Barcelona.
What were you doing in Barcelona?
In Barcelona the place, the memory, the image, the moment, or the idea of the European city?
Did you walk the streets?


Extraño el sol, el agua, los colores, las caminatas largas, la naturaleza, perder el tiempo, encontrar algo nuevo, mirar, el Caribe, el Mediterraneo


Were you ever in the island?

Which island?
The floating island.
I was there, in the island. I was also here, in the city.


Exhibition Dates: December 3 – January 15, 2011
Opening: Friday, December 3, 2010 6-9pm
Curated by Marcos Dimas and Christine Licata

Taller Boricua presents “See What I Mean,” a group exhibition featuring: Anibal Arroyo, Nicky Enright, Sandra María Esteves, Nicholas Fraser, Caridad De La Luz "La Bruja," Soraya Marcano, Joetta Maue, Elsa María Meléndez, Jesus Papoleto Meléndez, Antonio “Titanium” Montalvo, Christian “XIAN” Montalvo, Urayoán Noel, Ronny Quevedo, David Quiles, Wilson Ramos Jr., Oliver Rios, Karen Shaw and Seldon Yuan.

Bringing together visual artists and Nuyorican poets, the exhibition explores the elastic nature of verbal and visual language. Relationships between how we see and the way we describe the world around us are malleable and intrinsically connected. Within this discourse, the ongoing contributions and legacy of the Nuyorican poets offer important insight. (Re)inventors of the vernacular, they continually encompass other art mediums and expand the boundaries between that which is seen, said and experienced in culture.

Together with visual artists whose work also exists in a realm between expression and perception, the exhibition provokes an expansive dialogue on familiar socio-political realities and constructs of everyday life such as: identity, economics, interpersonal relationships, public media and government practices. Incorporating multimedia installations drawing, collage, found objects as well as digital and traditional printmaking, “See What I Mean” offers a look beyond the surface of words and images to reveal deeper understandings.

Taller Boricua Galleries 1680 Lexington Avenue, NYC, N.Y. 10029


En la fotografía, un grupo de estudiantes miraba a la cámara, eran parte de la clase graduada en 1983. Se veían felices y amorosos. Poco a poco descubrí sus paraderos; algunos habían dejado la isla. Esa fotografía dice tanto acerca de quienes eramos, donde estabamos y que haciamos, pero no puede revelar a donde fuimos luego.


island . continent

From Depopulation,
to Repopulation,
to Mass Migration:

Images of Mobility

This presentation investigates aesthetics and iconography within the context of the history of repopulation and depopulation of the island and the experience of massive displacement and dislocation. It, also explores images and artistic practices emerging from migratory experiences between the island and New York City, as well as from the dissolution of community and the reconstruction of culture in the floating societies.

2010 SECAC/MACAA Conference


From Depopulation,
to Repopulation,
to Mass Migration:
Images of Mobility.

2010 SECAC/MACAA Conference
Richmond, VA on October 20-23


Los trabajos sin terminar son una serie de procesos e interacciones, al fin y al cabo, que lo inconcluso tiene su propia estética.


pencil, acrylic and green tea on paper

Oliver's lessons:
walk on the right side
drink only sealed, bottled water
do not eat raw food
eat only cooked, vegetarian food
say 'merci' and keep walking



Ruta 1
: Casablanca, Marrakesh, Tizi-n-Tichka, High Atlas, Ait-Ben- Haddou, Ouarzazate, Tizi-n-Tinifft,
Draa Valley, Tamegroute, M'hamid, Sahara, Erg Zhigaga, Tazenkhal

Ruta 2: Marrakesh, Fez, Chefchaouen, Tangier

Ruta 3: Algeciras, Cadiz, Arcos de la Frontera, Jerez de la Frontera, Faro (Portugal,)
Sevilla, Madrid, Segovia


Queda la imagen, la fotografia y el dibujito; queda el diario, los escritos y apuntes; los libros, recortes y guias; quedan los objetos, memorabilia y edificaciones.


natural environment


Notes: Mediterranean archive/ preparing to continue the route/ bordering the Mediterranean sea/ our natural and cultural heritage/ certain places on Earth are of outstanding universal value and as such should form part of the common heritage of humankind/ cultural identity is strongly related to the natural environment in which it develops (UNESCO)/ the result of going to places of symbolic meaning/ to see images and objects in their sociocultural and natural context


In attempting to capture the divide between people and places, the coffee house became a metaphor of the ambivalent relationship between the neighbourhood and the terrace, the institution and its audience, and the islander and the metropolis.

In the complex relationship between art, space and people, the terrace is a contested space, one with gates, walls and boundaries, creating a separation between culture and people.

(Dislocation) people are not any longer in communion with the environment. The link between people and location must be (re)imagined.


que ocurre cuando una imagen desaparece?
what happen when an image disappears?


The risk of objectification of the subject was disturbing. If by sharing the images of Dulce Despertar, they will acquire an object-like character, then they should be deliberately destroyed.


Title: Dulce Despertar
Idea: El café como espacio creativo

Definition: Cafe, Café, Caffè
'a coffee house, a small restaurant selling coffee and sometimes other drinks or snack with a facility to consume them on the premises.'


This project is based on cafe culture and aesthetics of interaction. Coffee houses are spaces were everything is possible, from socializing, talks, writing, planning,organizing,and exhibiting,
everything can happen there. The coffee house, as creative space, and the intention to relate gave birth to this series of events, visuals and writings.

Around February 2010, we started meeting in a small coffee house, El Dulce Despertar, located across the Audubon Terrace, in New York. The small restaurant sold coffee and pastries with tables to consume them. They also informally exhibited some artworks by local
artist. In that setting, drinking coffee, we started having casual conversations where we got to know each other. The images and text were created based on the exploration of the experience of connectiveness.

The text documents the process and ideas that emerged through out the three months we met in the coffee house. It also gathers pertinent information and preoccupations. One of the main concerns of this work regards how people identify and develop commonalities and a language of relating to each other. The imagery developed in the form of photographs, drawings and events.
We had two shooting days. One in the coffee house, that has since then closed down, and a second one in the Audubon Terrace.

The day of the second photographic event we looked and enacted the drawings against a monumental wall of one of the buildings in the terrace. We read the text: 'Going away, coming closer' and took frontal photographs of the poses.
The visuals and text are still in progress. The project next stage will include the presentation of the visuals and text in the form of virtual dialogues.

A project about finding commonalities with Rafael Landron, Jose Palomino and Soraya Marcano


Common threads

every object, every image, every word means something different to each person


define: Cafe, Café, Caffè

a coffeehouse, a small restaurant selling coffee and sometimes other drinks or snack with a facility to consume them on the premises


Framework I:

1. Choose a partner
2. Go to a cafe and have a drink together
3. Talk
4. Take brief notes
5. Come back to your notes after a few days, weeks, or months
6. Develop ideas, type, and edit
7. Publish in the internet
8. Document the process