Kevin Quiles Bonilla
Using photographic, installation and performance-based strategies as resources for re-signification, my current work explores contemporary representations of colonialism, and the constant swaying, or vaivén through unsolid grounds. I do so through the intersection of structures such as space, language, history and politics, with a body like mine transiting between Puerto Rico (the colony) and the United States (the "mainland"). Ultimately, my work seeks to unearth the construction of a historic heritage, using my body as the repository, colonized by multiple structures of power. Through an interdisciplinary practice, I question the amalgamation of outcomes that arise through my lived experience as a Puerto Rican, as a diasporic migrant, as a queer person, and as a person with a disability. These intersections place me at a threshold, which mirrors the Puerto Rico's relationship with the United States. As a result the work leaps between the collective and the personal—the macro and the micro, as one inherently informs the other.
Featured Image: Carryover (Blue Tarp in Vega Alta), 2019, Chromogenic print, 20x30in, Courtesy of the artist.