Lecture and Exhibition: Polibio Díaz’s “The Dominican Republic and Dominican New York”

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Dominican photographer and filmmaker Polibio Díaz will present his work in the lecture “The Dominican Republic and Dominican New York: A Visual Journey with photographer and filmmaker Polibio Díaz.” This event will take place on November 12, 2014, at 6:00pm at Diana Oval, Barnard College (3009 Broadway at West 119th Street, New York, New York).

Polibio Díaz lives and works in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Díaz started his studies on photography in Texas A&M University, USA where he earned a degree in civil engineering.  After working as both engineer and photographer he decided to dedicate himself entirely to photography, performance and video art. His work centers on his interest in Dominican identities and migratory flux, especially to and from the Dominican Republic, also tackles race discrimination, ecological awareness and social inequity in his home county and elsewhere.

He has participated in the Havana, Venice and the Caribbean Biennales, as well as, in exhibitions such as “Infinite Island: Contemporary Caribbean Art” at the Brooklyn Museum; “First Cultural Festival of Countries from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific” at the Santo Domingo Museum of Modern Art (MAM); “Kréol Factory” at the Grand Halle de la Villette, Paris. His photographs were also included in “100 Years of Photography: 1899-1999: A Personal Vision of the XX Century,” at the Discovery Museum, Bridgeport, Connecticut,

Díaz has received international awards such in Climarte of Casa de las Américas, Cuba; editorial award at the V Caribbean Biennale in Dominican Republic; honorable mention at the Havana Biennale; Asahi Shimon’s International Salon of Photography in Japan, as well as the Centro Cultural Eduardo León Jiménes and the Museo de Arte Moderno (MAM). In 2013, his video MANIFIESTO received an award at the past National Biennale at the MAM.

Polibio Díaz has also collaborated with writers such as Manuel Rueda, Junot Díaz,   Julia Álvarez and Chiqui Vicioso, all this is evident in his publications: Interios, 2006; An Island, a landscape, 1998; and, Scarecrow from the south, 1984.

Art critics such as Yolanda Wood have written about his work in Islas del Caribe: naturaleza-arte-sociedad; other publications where his work has been included are Caribbean Art at the Crossroads and L’Humanité, La fabrique créole sur les devants de la scene by Maurice Ulrich. He has also collaborated with the World Policy Journal from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In 2014/15 Mr. Díaz work can be seen in: One the Edge: Writing the Border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic by Maria Cristina Fumagalli; the Afro-Hispanic Review of Vanderbilt University; Confluence: Shifting Perspective of the Caribbean, large screens projections on Metro highways and mall throughout Canada; and at the Freies Museum Berlin.

His photographs are part of UNESCO’s permanent collection. He is presently in an art residency at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in Brooklyn, New York, sponsored by the Davidoff Art Initiative.

For more information, see http://www.polibioDíaz.com.do

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