Yelaine Rodríguez: “We are here, because you were there”


Dominican-American artist Yelaine Rodríguez’s  “We are here, because you were there” will be on view from February 2 to 28, 2019, at AAA3A, located at 309 Alexander Avenue, Apartment 3A (on 140th, next to the Mott Haven Public Library) Bronx, New York. The opening will take place on Saturday February 2, from 4:00 to 7:00pm. There will also be an artist talk/workshop on Saturday, February 16, from 2:00 to 4:00pm.

Description: In this exhibit Rodriguez shows fragments of her series “We are here, because you were there,” inspired by a quote by cultural theorist Stuart Hall 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 that celebrates the Orishas & Loa through the artist interdisciplinary art practice.

Yelaine Rodríguez (from artist’s page): Bronx-born, Afro-Dominican-American artist, who sources syncretic religions and historical references in the African diasporic communities, to conceptualize wearable art and site-specific Installations. Their interfaith and intercountry narrative explores representations of identity and race through the lens of being the Other. Drawing connections between black culture in the Caribbean and the United States the artist creates installations of wearable art, video and photography. [See complete bio at]

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