Mónica Rodríguez (b. 1980, San Juan, PR; Lives in Los Angeles, CA), inspired by a 19th-century call to create an Antillean Federation to combat colonialism in the Caribbean created a new site-specific digital mural that pairs drawings of monuments to independence struggles in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Puerto Rico with a revolutionary statement from Puerto Rican independence advocate Ramón Emeterio Betances (1827–1898). Unlike many monuments torn down across the U.S. by protestors in summer 2020, these monuments were meant to uplift the people and oppose colonial oppression.Sharon Hayes (b. 1970, Baltimore, MD; Lives in Philadelphia, PA) extends her ongoing series Ricerche (Italian for “research”) with Ricerche: two, which balances individual and collective voices. In early 2020, Hayes interviewed members of two women’s tackle football teams, who discuss the pleasure they find in strength, skill, camaraderie, and the power of being part of a chosen family of teammates. At the ICA, it is shown on a gently curving screen to evoke the embrace of a huddle and link the viewer’s body, the bodies on-screen, and the space.
Nelson Rivera (Lives in San Juan, PR), an artist, art historian, and activist, created El Maestro 4, in which a performance score calls for performers, born and raised in the U.S. with no knowledge of Spanish, to read texts by the late Pedro Albizu Campo (1891-1965) an attorney and leader in the movement for Puerto Rican independence from the United States. These speeches, delivered from 1948 to 1950, were made during the US military occupation of Puerto Rico, when it had partial sovereignty and before it was designated as a commonwealth, an unincorporated territory of the United States. This performance will occur periodically in and around the ICA during open hours, with select performances shared on social media.