The Santo Domingo Museum of Modern Art (MAM) recently awarded Dominican artist Polibio Díaz for his video-performance “Manifiesto” [Manifesto]. Díaz received the award from Minister of Culture José Antonio Rodríguez and MAM director María Elena Ditrein.
The video-performance, which was presented at the Dominican Republic’s National Biennial of Art, is about two Haitian immigrants driving around the city of Santo Domingo, while reading The International Immigrants Movement Manifesto in the back seat of the car. See video below.
Polibio Díaz (1952) was born in Barahona, Dominican Republic. He studied photography at the University of Texas where he earned a degree in Civil Engineering. His photographic work has appeared in the yearbooks of Best Photography of the magazines Photographer’s Forum and Creative Photo, and was included in 100 Years of Photography 1899-1999, a photography exhibition at the Discovery Museum, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, which took “a centennial look back at the medium through the lenses of some of its most renowned practitioners [. . .], a veritable Who’s Who of photography” (with artists such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Dorothea Lange, Edward Steichen, Ansel Adams, Walker Evans, and other leading world photographers. He has also contributed to books featuring his artwork such as Espantapájaros del sur [Scarecrows of the South], Imágenes de carnaval [Carnival Images], and Una isla, un paisaje [One Island, One Landscape], Interiores [Interiors], among others. He has presented at the 51st Venice Biennial, the 5th Biennial of the Caribbean, the 1st and 9th Havana Biennials, and many other exhibitions worldwide.
Watch MANIFIESTO here:
See photo above and more information on the artist at http://www.uprising-art.com/portfolio/polibio-diaz/