ISLAND AND DIASPORA RESISTANCE – EBMUD GALLERY
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September 12 - October 16
An exhibition of portraits of Puerto Ricans living on the island and living in the Bay Area. The show presents 26 paintings created during and after a post-Maria trip to the island. As with most of Rebeca Garcia-Gonzalez’s portrait work, sitters sat for the painting process and were able to choose their clothes and poses. “Originally I wanted it to be a showcase of Puerto Rican diversity and a way to counteract the post-Maria victimhood narrative of the media,” she explained. But as the sitters talked, she got a good sense of how ordinary Puerto Ricans on the island have persevered the economic crisis engineered by the PROMESA oversight board. The concept of resistance became visible through their dress, the objects they chose, and their body language.
EBMUD’s Administrative Building Gallery located at 375 11th Street in Oakland.
Exhibit runs from September 12 – October 16, 2019
The exhibit is open to the public:
Monday — Friday, 8:00 am — 4:30 pm
Artist Name: Rebeca Garcia-Gonzalez
About Artist: Rebeca Garcia-Gonzalez is a painter, muralist and educator based in Richmond CA. Of her portraits, historian Richard Cándida Smith observed “she uses simple graphical realism to capture the strong personalities of the people who sit for her… they are human beings, complex and probably contradictory” Garcia-Gonzalez is most known for her oil portraits of immigrants and queer people living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She completed a BFA at the University of Puerto Rico before moving to the Bay Area, where she worked as an educator, illustrator and graphic designer.