Many thanks to AICA Caraïbe du Sud for sharing information on a new solo exhibition by Zuania Muñiz-Meléndez—“Island Beauty.” Free and open to the public, this exhibition runs from February 22 to April 5, 2019, at the Foundry Art Centre (located at 520 North Main Center St. Charles, Missouri).
The Foundry Art Centre is excited to present in the Ameristar Gallery, a photographer who has traveled all the way from Puerto Rico, [who] will display her exhibition of unique portraits entitled Island Beauty. Zuania Muñiz-Meléndez’s says, “My creative process begins with the Spanish language, particularly the definite article that precedes the name of each flower. In Spanish, this article is gendered, varying between the male el and the female la. For example, while creating the piece that features an oak flower—in Spanish, el roble—I used male body parts to correspond to the flower´s definite article. On the other hand, while preparing the bougainvillea—la trinitaria—I used female body parts. My intention is not to make a statement on gender or sex, but to highlight the morphology of the language.”
[Photos above: first, “La corona de Cristo”; second, “El roble.”]