VIDEO

WE ARE HERE, BECAUSE YOU WERE THERE SERIES: VIDEO ACTIVATION PORTRAITS

Inspired by a quote by cultural theorist Stuart Hall. It is a commentary of the existences of a new Black culture created from The New World. Concentrated in Haitian and Dominican roots and traditions “We are here, because you were there,” is an ongoing series which celebrates the Orishas and Loa in costume, dance and events via mixed media, installations, and performances at the intersection of wearable art, performance art, and media art.

Ezili Dantor, Freedom and the African Diaspora: We are here, because you were there
Sunroom Project Space | September 8 – October 21, 2018

2018 New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellow Yelaine Rodriguez

New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellow Yelaine Rodriguez creates an installation of wearable art, video and photography—a project she began developing during Wave Hill’s 2018 Winter Workspace. A Bronx-born, Afro-Dominican-American artist, Rodriguez sources syncretic religious traditions found in African diasporic communities, such as Voodoo and Santeria, to conceptualize wearable art and costume design. These are activated when worn by people whom she imagines to possess the characteristics of specific deities. Her project features Ezili Dantor, a figure associated with the Black Madonna, the Infant Jesus and self-liberated African slaves. Rodriguez employs religious symbols to investigate the meaning of freedom, drawing connections between black culture in the Caribbean and the United States.

Learn More

Yelaine Rodriguez: Concept + Costume Designer

Melanie Gonzalez Art: Cinematographer + Post-Production + Video Editing

Benton C. Bainbridge: Camera + Image Processing

Ezili Dantor, Freedom and the African Diaspora Video Painting: We are here because you were there 

Art Decentralized at Art Basel Miami Beach December 6, 2018

Rodriguez, Gonzalez, Bainbridge will premiere Ezili Dantor, a digital video portrait of the Haitian loa. Andrew Freedman Home Creative Director Walter Puryear will present four works by AFH Artists in Residence and speak on the Digital Art & Collectibles Panel in this conference presented by Light Node Media for Miami Art Week.

Yelaine Rodriguez: Concept + Costume Designer

Melanie Gonzalez Art: Cinematographer

Benton C. Bainbridge: Camera + Image Processing

Maman Brigitte Habana Video Portrait: We are here, because you were there

Maman Brigitte: We are here, because you were there performance is inspired by a quote by cultural theorist Stuart Hall and is a commentary of the existences of a new Black culture created from The New World. Concentrated in Haitian and Dominican roots and traditions this performance looks at Maman Brigitte, the death loa in Voodoo, the protector of cemeteries and graves. She guards spirits in transition from life to their death. Maman Brigitte is from an ongoing series which celebrates the Loa in costume, dance and events.

Yelaine Rodriguez: Concept + Costume Designer + Camera

Melanie Gonzalez Art: Post-Production + Video Editing

Benton C. Bainbridge: Image Processing

Maman Brigitte Activation Space: We are here, because you were there

A site specific activation by Bronx Based collaborative Yelaine Rodriguez, Melaine Gonzalez, Benton C Bainbridge. For the exhibition at Longwood “Swinging forward, while swaying back,” Maman Brigitte comes alive in a projected environment of translucent fabrics. The performance is inspired by a quote by cultural theorist Stuart Hall and is a commentary of the existences of a new Black culture created from The New World. Concentrated in Haitian and Dominican roots and traditions this performance looks at Maman Brigitte, the death loa in Voodoo, the protector of cemeteries and graves. She guards spirits in transition from life to their death. Maman Brigitte is from an ongoing series which celebrates the Loa in costume, dance and events. Rodriguez, Gonzalez, Bainbridge make mixed media, installations, and performances at the intersection of wearable art, performance art, and media art.

Yelaine Rodriguez: Concept + Costume Designer

Melanie Gonzalez Art: Live Video Projection

Benton C. Bainbridge: Media Design

Gina Goico: Performer

Yemaya: We Are Here, Because You Were There

Media performance art collaboration presented at the 10th year finale of the ONE STEP BEYOND party series at the American Museum of Natural History, NYC. Featuring conceptual design/sculpture series by Yelaine Rodriguez. Rodriguez, Gonzalez, Bainbridge make mixed media, installations, and performances at the intersection of wearable art, performance art, and media art.

Yelaine Rodriguez: Concept + Costume Design

Melanie Gonzalez: Live Video Projection Visuals

Dada Coz: Performer

Benton C Bainbridge: Media Design

Laura Moya Beauty: Makeup

Shango: We Are Here, Because You Were There

Rodriguez sources syncretic religious traditions found in African diasporic communities, such as Voodoo and Santeria, to conceptualize wearable art and costume design. These are activated when worn by people whom she imagines to possess the characteristics of specific deities. A commentary of the existence of a new Black culture generated from the New World focusing on Yoruba, Orishas. This project is composed of costume designs, photography and video. Breaking away from stereotypes of Santeria and Voodoo religion the artist focus on Shango Orisha or justice, dance, and thunder. Shot at a preserved Native American trail in The Bronx.

Yelaine Rodriguez: Concept + Costume Design

Melanie Gonzalez: Camera

Carolina Camacho: Performer

Laura Moya Beauty: Makeup