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Puerto Rican artist Carlos Irizarry distinguished himself within conceptual art, and introduced “a new modality for protest art that encompasses the nature of the political acts he carried out in his personal life.” The acts of political terrorism that he committed demonstrate his rejection of American imperialism.
Carlos Irizarry (Santa Isabel, PR 1938) is one of the [artists who] introduced photographic serigraphs to the local graphics scene. At the end of the 1940s, he emigrated to New York, where he later studied at the School of Art and Design. After his return to Puerto Rico in 1968 he founded and served as director of the Centro Nacional de las Artes [National Center for the Arts] (1974-1975). In 1976 he threatened to assassinate President Gerald Ford when he traveled to Puerto Rico for the Conferencia Económica Cumbre [Economic Summit Conference], held at the Dorado. In 1980, while on an American Airlines flight, he delivered a note to the flight attendant stating that if President Jimmy Carter did not free Puerto Rican nationalist prisoners, the airplane would explode into pieces. The artist did not intend to carry out his threat, but rather meant to produce a work of conceptual art that would symbolize the struggle for his homeland. He opposed Puerto Rico’s political status and the use of Vieques Island for navy target practice. He served four years in a federal prison.