The Jenny Polanco Project of Altos de Chavón brings a new proposal celebrating Carnival, through the contemporary art of the recognized visual artist Citlally Miranda. This exhibition curated by Josefina Pichardo Casasnovas, is the result of extensive research – the use of masks at a social level in the Dominican Republic and the different contexts in which it is developed.
The exhibition opened to the public on Sunday, February 19, 2017, with a cocktail courtesy of the new Project Tapas Bar Chavón located inside the Jenny Polanco Project. During the event, the visual artist Citlally Miranda, together with Raul Miyar – Director of Fine Arts at the Altos de Chavón School, talked with the guests about the different art pieces that make up the exhibition, where the artist highlighted: “Psychologists say ‘when we can be anonymous it is when we dare to be’, then our allies are those masks that we choose to be. I connected biological identity with cultural and psychological identity. The CARNELEVARIUM pieces shown in Jenny Polanco Project consist of portraits (self-portraits) of masks, psychological profiles, where I united an external and biological part with the cultural and psychological part of the identity.”
Carnelevarium is latin for removing the skin. From there, comes the term of Carnival, an annual festival typically during the week preceding Lent in Roman Catholic countries, that involves processions, music, dancing, and a masquerade. It also coincides with the Dominican national holidays as a celebration of our independence. Citlally has done cultural and social research on the various concepts of masks in the country on a social and psychological level which she later develops in her art pieces. This exhibition seeks to promote Dominican Carnival in a conceptual way through contemporary art.
The exhibition is open to the public at the Jenny Polanco Project in Altos de Chavon everyday, Mondays: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and from Tuesday — Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. You also have the option of a guided tour; just call 809 951 1899 or 809.697.2825 to book one!
The following collection of pictures of the exhibition were taken by Mariana Heredia, at the Jenny Polanco Project on Sunday, February 19th, 2017: