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FO­CUS ON PUERTO RICO: GALLERY 221 EX­HIBITS

- Arts · Puerto Rico · United States of America · Antigua and Barbuda · Tampa · Hillsborough Community College · Harmony Korine

Hur­ri­cane Maria’s dev­as­ta­tion of Puerto Rico last year brought the is­land and U.S. ter­ri­tory to the top of many peo­ple’s minds. Two ex­hibits by Puerto Ri­can artists at Gallery 221 at Hills­bor­ough Com­mu­nity Col­lege’s Dale Mabry cam­pus ex­plore her­itage, the is­land’s po­lit­i­cal strife and his­tory of col­o­niza­tion. Open­ing Mon­day, “Fab­ri­ca­tion of Self” is Jez­a­beth Roca Gon­za­lez’s com­mu­nity-en­gaged sculp­tural in­stal­la­tion in­flu­enced by the im­pact of Maria. The on­go­ing project, pic­tured, lay­ers fab­ri­cated nar­ra­tives and a grow­ing house struc­ture, touch­ing on themes of dis­place­ment, trauma, fam­ily dynamics and heal­ing. Roberto Mar­quez’s “An­tigua Colo­nia: Chistes Viejos,” open now, is an ex­plo­ration of hu­mor in a so­cio-po­lit­i­cal con­text, ex­pressed through clay and paint. The ti­tle trans­lates to Old Colony, Old Jokes and pre­sents ob­jects that ques­tion the canon of art.

A panel dis­cus­sion with both artists mod­er­ated by fel­low Puerto Ri­can artist Edgar Sanchez Cum­bas is at 6 p.m. Wed­nes­day dur­ing a re­cep­tion that runs from 5-8 p.m. at 4001 W Tampa Bay Blvd., Tampa. hc­cfl.edu/gallery221.

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Cour­tesy of Jez­a­beth Roca Gon­za­lez

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