Beatriz Santiago Muñoz ‘Fragile Mirrors’ at El Museo del Barrio

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz is a video and installation artist who explores post-colonial ironies in Haiti and her native Puerto Rico.

At first glance, you might think post-colonial ironies are Puerto Rican or Haitian issues. But even though de-colonization began with the French capture of Spain 100 years ago (about four generations), we are still dealing with its rippling effects – both across Latin America and here in the United States.

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz in New York City

Muñoz was selected to appear in the 2017 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art in Greenwich Village’s Meatpacking District March 17 through June 11, 2017.

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz: A Universe of Fragile Mirrors is at El Museo del Barrio Jan 11-Apr 30, 2017 is a film & .

Muñoz points her lens at a popular Haitian market, a poisonous flower, and a newly discovered archeological site in Puerto Rico. She creates her own stories on top of manipulations of the land and the people in it by colonial and contemporary forces.

The exhibition was organized by Pérez Art Museum Miami Assistant Curator, María Elena Ortiz.

El Museo invited Muñoz to expand the installation using objects from the El Museo’s permanent collection.

The image is Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, La Cueva Negra, 2013. HD color video with sound. 20 min. Courtesy of the artist and Galería Agustina Ferreyra.

About Beatriz Santiago Muñoz

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz (San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1972) is a film & and video artist whose work explores ancient stories of the Caribbean and the people of the Caribbean, and how those stories are altered by colonial and contemporary influences.

Muñoz earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago in 1993 and an MFA in Film and Video from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1997.

Muñoz has exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum, Tate Modern, New Museum, and El Museo del Barrio.

She is represented by Galería Agustina Ferreyra in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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This article was first published on January 10, 2017.

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