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Yali Romagoza: Self-experience of Freedom and Unfreedom

Yali Romagoza presents "SELF-EXPERIENCE OF FREEDOM AND UNFREEDOM" a solo exhibition that includes works on paper (drawing and collage), installation and a live performance. The exhibition creates a mix media landscape that acts as a self-portrait. Romagoza affirms that- “I am obsessed since I have memory with the search for freedom. I am part of a history of authoritarianism, repressive regime, deeply rooted patriarchal values. As an immigrant in the US, I have felt marginalized and in my community. I'm constantly struggling to break free -”. The works of art in this exhibition approach power and oppression to discuss issues of migration, politics and social behavior. Yali Romagoza reveals a vision of female empowerment, body, identity, physical and emotional displacement through conceptual and psychological narratives.Upon immigration to the US in 2011 from Cuba Romagoza’s work has focused on to explore notions of isolation and mechanisms of survival through a variety of mediums. Based on her experience as an immigrant, she seeks to rebuild a cultural home in the US and Cuba that examines what it means to inhabit a space between cultures.

June 1 2018 

Yali Romagoza is a Cuban-born artist currently based in New York City. She graduated with an MFA in Fashion from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2013-20015) and a BA in Art History from University of Havana, (2001-2006). Her works have been included in the Gothenburg Biennial (2007), Havana Biennial (2009), Liverpool Biennial (2010), 00Bienal de La Habana (2018). She has performed at “Links Hall Theater”, Chicago (2012), “White Box”, NY (2013), “Teatro LATEA”, NY (2018), The Border, NY (2018) among others. She premiered her documentary/video-performance Normal Is Good (I like America and America like me) at Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago (2015). She has collaborated with Carmelita Tropicana and Ela Troyano in Post-Plástica, at El Museo del Barrio, NY (2012), Schwanze-Beast, Vermont Performance Lab, Vermont (2015), UCRArtsblock (2017), Queens Museum (2019). Romagoza has been granted numerous awards and residencies including Cátedra Arte de Conducta, Cuba (2007), Bétonsalon Centred'art et de recherché, Paris, (2009), NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program (2017), NY.

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