AS220 is proud to present “TOSTONES: URBAN FOLKLORIC”, an installation by Artist-in-Residence Leenda Bonilla, from Bronx, NY. Representing a survey that spans the 5 years of Bonilla’s interdisciplinary practice, this mixed media installation explores the dynamic and ever-changing identity of Puerto Rican culture. The work on view is a series of composite portraits depicting Puerto Rican people from all walks of life and their likeness to a Toston (fried green plantain): “when made by hand, no two are alike in color, shape, texture or form”. As an artist, Bonilla interweaves sculpture, language, photography, video and performance in her body of work.
LEENDA BONILLA is an interdisciplinary-based artist. She received a Masters from the Pratt Institute. Most recently she was a part of the Armory Show’s exhibition Bronx Speaks: Making Place reflecting on the community’s shifting identity from gentrification and the city presented by Bronx Arts Alliance at The Bronx Museum of the Arts. In 2014, as an artist member of Pepatían she presented her social practice project MainLAND_MIX, a community art performance at the New Museum for the “Draftmen’s Congress” celebrating the story of diversity in NYC with collages of drawings and paintings executed by community members from all walks of life but with the common tie of immigration and migration. Bonilla has exhibited at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Art in Odd Places, Taller Boricua, Longwood Art Gallery.
September 29th & 30th // Installation Hours: 6 PM -9 PM
September 30th // Performance & Artist Talk: 7:30 PM
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