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Focus on Self-Portraiture: Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez

01_No Estoy Boston 2002 ©Anabel_Vázquez_Rodríguez

©Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez, No Estoy Boston 2002

I first met Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez in her capacity as a curator. I had no idea that I was working with a powerhouse self-portrait artist as well. Anabel’s photographs are mysterious and haunting, revealing a woman caught between two worlds. Originally from Puerto Rico but now based in New England, she explores ideas of displacement and liminality. She often wears a blindfold or covers her face, suggesting that she is in a place but not of it. Palm trees, blood, snow, and skylines weave through her work. Some of her more surrealistic photographs show a woman fragmented, but a woman strongly connected to subconscious creative fire. Projections and live performance also play a large role in her practice, questioning the imposition of identity versus actual presence. Anabel’s process inspires me to reach deeper than I think I can, to create my own mysterious realm, and to embrace strength and softness in the same breath. She currently has work in these exhibitions:  Juntxs: Colección Jorge Hernández Castrodad curated by Dianne Brás Feliciano Ph.D, Museo de Diseño de Miramar, San Juan, PR, El Sujeto Develado, Auto-imagen en la Fotografía Contemporánea, curated by Mariel Quiñones Vélez, Museo de Arte Dr. Pío López Martínez, Cayey, PR, and  Ruffles, Repair & Ritual: The Fine Art of Fixing curated by Faythe Levine, Wedding Cake House, Providence, RI.

02_Muralla 2014 ©Anabel_Vázquez_Rodríguez

©Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez, Muralla 2014

My creative work revolves around several key themes, a personal almost autobiographical viewpoint, the close distance between daydreaming and reality. Within that distance is my female blood body, a Puerto Rican woman, self-exiled full of the sun and the moon. Exploring concepts of being and not being, life and death as major allies, are evident. Projects are approached from a historical, mythological and/or sociopolitical view. Personal connections through the physicality of the body and its broader connections becoming palpable. – Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez

03_Retropical 2002 ©Anabel_Vázquez_Rodríguez

©Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez, Retropical 2002

Anabel Vázquez Rodriguez is an interdisciplinary artist, curator, and organizer based somewhere in-between Borikén and Providence. Her artistic production explores the colonial system, otherness, resistance, nostalgia, the galactical and feminist discourse; all derived from her experience as an antillean living in New England. She studied photography at the Liga de Arte de San Juan, with Frieda Medín (1993 -1995) and continued her studies in photography, sculpture, and punk rock, as a Fine Arts Painting major at the Department of Humanities, University of Puerto Rico (1995-1998). Vázquez Rodríguez self-exiled in 1998 and pursued a Photography BFA at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston (2002), where she expanded her practice into filmmaking and installation. She has exhibited, lectured and performed nationally and internationally.  In addition to being an artist, she has developed an extensive career as a curator and cultural manager, with her most recent tenure at Leica Gallery Boston. She is currently an adjunct professor at the RISD Photography Department and Program Manager for the Interlace Grant Fund.

04_El Tostón 2002 ©Anabel_Vázquez_Rodríguez

©Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez, El Tostón 2002

05_Velo Tropical 2014 ©Anabel_Vázquez_Rodríguez

©Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez, Velo Tropical 2014

06_Cuerpo en Vela 2000 ©Anabel_Vázquez_Rodríguez

©Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez, Cuerpo en Vela 2000

07_Semilla 2001 ©Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez

©Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez, Semilla 2001

08_Salvaguardia 2009 ©Anabel_Vázquez_Rodríguez

©Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez, Salvaguardia 2009

09_Muelle 2014 ©Anabel_Vázquez_Rodríguez

©Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez, Muelle 2014

10_Sueño San Juan 2002 ©Anabel_Vázquez_Rodríguez

©Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez, Sueño San Juan 2002

11_Escalones 2014 ©Anabel_Vázquez_Rodríguez

©Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez, Escalones 2014

12_Desgranada 2001 © Anabel_Vázquez_Rodríguez

©Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez, Desgranada 2001

13_Mano Corazones 2016 ©Anabel_Vázquez_Rodríguez

©Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez, Mano Corazones 2016

14_Auto-Galáctica 2013 ©Anabel_Vázquez_Rodríguez

©Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez, Auto-Galáctica 2013

15_Dimensión Noir 2015 ©Anabel_Vázquez_Rodríguez-02-2

©Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez, Dimensión Noir 2015

You can find the artist at:

IG @anabel.vazquez.rodriguez

Facebook @anabelvazquezrodriguez

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