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Natalia Lassalle-Morillo & Sofía Gallisá Muriente, Foreign in a Domestic Sense, 2021

Natalia Lassalle-Morillo & Sofía Gallisá Muriente, Foreign in a Domestic Sense, 2021

Constant Storm: Art from Puerto Rico and the Diaspora

September 24 – December 4, 2021
USF Contemporary Art Museum + Online

HOURS: Monday-Friday 10am – 5pm; Thursday 10am–8pm; Saturday 1-4pm; Closed Sundays and USF Holidays (November 11, 25, 26, 27). Visitors to the museum are expected to wear masks and practice social distancing.

Constant Storm: Art From Puerto Rico and the Diaspora will gather, display, record, and conceptualize artistic responses to Hurricane Maria by artists from Puerto Rico and the diaspora. Through artworks and their narratives and socially engaged initiatives, voices from the island and Puerto Rican communities in New York and Florida will materialize a synoptic view of Puerto Rico’s fragile recovery as part of an evolving, 121-year-old historical crisis.

Participating artists include: Rogelio Báez Vega, Sofía Gallisá Muriente, Jorge González Santos, Karlo Andrei Ibarra, Ivelisse Jiménez, Natalia Lassalle-Morillo, Miguel Luciano, SkittLeZ-Ortiz, Angel Otero, Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, Gabriel Ramos, Jezabeth Roca González, Gamaliel Rodríguez, Yiyo Tirado Rivera.

Curated by Christian Viveros-Fauné, CAM Curator at Large, and Noel Smith, Former Deputy Director and Curator of Latin American and Caribbean Art: organized by USF Contemporary Art Museum



Exhibition Home   //   Curatorial Essay | Ensayo Curatorial   //   Acknowledgements and Foreword | Agradecimientos y Prólogo   //   Rogelio Báez Vega (EN) | Rogelio Báez Vega (ES)    //   Jorge González Santos (EN) | Jorge González Santos (ES)    //   Karlo Andrei Ibarra (EN) | Karlo Andrei Ibarra (ES)    //   Ivelisse Jiménez (EN) | Ivelisse Jiménez (ES)    //   Miguel Luciano (EN) | Miguel Luciano (ES)    //   Natalia Lassalle-Morillo & Sofía Gallisá Muriente (EN) | Natalia Lassalle-Morillo & Sofía Gallisá Muriente (ES)    //   Angel Otero (EN) | Angel Otero (ES)    //   Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz (EN) | Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz (ES)    //   Gabriel Ramos (EN) | Gabriel Ramos (ES)    //   Jezabeth Roca González (EN) | Jezabeth Roca González (ES)    //   Gamaliel Rodríguez (EN) | Gamaliel Rodríguez (ES)    //   Yiyo Tirado Rivera (EN) | Yiyo Tirado Rivera (ES)



Sofia Gallisá Muriente & Natalia Lassalle-Morillo

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Sofia Gallisá Muriente and Natalia Lassalle-Morillo have collaborated in a video installation work, Foreign in a Domestic Sense (2021), that explores the experiences of Puerto Ricans newly displaced in Florida. After Maria, over 200,000 Puerto Ricans moved to Florida. Many have stayed. Today, Florida has the largest concentration of Puerto Ricans on the mainland. For three weeks in June and July 2021, the artists travelled the I-4 interstate corridor that runs through Central Florida, interviewing and filming recent immigrants to Orlando, Kissimmee, Cape Canaveral, and Tampa. Prior to their arrival in Florida, the artists conducted extensive research with relatives, friends, and scholars living in the state to inform themselves about the urgent issues affecting this population. These include health care, political participation, housing, and employment. Through fictional and non-fictional narratives, the artists have arrived at a portrait of how this community is reconfiguring Puerto Rican identity and the culture of the future. 


Sofía Gallisá Muriente (San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1986)

Lives and works in San Juan.

Sofía Gallisá Muriente is a visual artist working mainly with video, film, photography, and text. She has been an artist-in-residence at Museo La Ene (Buenos Aires, Argentina); Alice Yard (Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago); and Oficina para la Acción Urbana (Tenerife, Spain). Her work has been shown in the Whitney Biennial (New York); San Juan Polygraphic Triennial (PR); Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions; the Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (Argentina); and more recently at ifa Galerie (Berlin, Germany). From 2014 to 2020 she served as co-director of Beta-Local, dedicated to fostering knowledge exchange and transdisciplinary practices in Puerto Rico. She has been awarded a 2021 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship. 

Natalia Lassalle-Morillo (Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, 1991)

Lives and works between Puerto Rico and Los Angeles.

Natalia Lassalle-Morillo is a filmmaker, visual artist, and educator. Her work fuses documentary and embodied performance to decentralize canonical narratives and reimagine individual and collective histories. Her recent exhibitions, screenings, and performances include: Retiro at the Seoul Museum of Art (South Korea); La Ruta at the Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago, IL); and [anti gone] at the Walt Disney Modular Theatre (Valencia, CA). Fellowships and residencies include The Harbor (Beta-Local, PR); Fonderie Darling (Montréal); La Espectacular (Diagonal, PR); Miami Light Project (Miami, FL); and Kovent (Catalonia, Spain).



Constant Storm: Art from Puerto Rico and the Diaspora is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and supported by the Tampa Bay Rays and the Tampa Bay Rowdies. The symposium Bregando with Disasters: Post Hurricane Maria Realities and Resiliencies is supported by a Humanities Centers Grant from Florida Humanities. The USF Contemporary Art Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.