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  • ICAA Record ID
    842104
    TITLE
    Intercambio Adál / Charles Biasiny- Rivera
    IN
    Nueva Luz: Photographic Journal (New York, NY). -- Vol. 9, no. 2 (2003)
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 30 - 35 : ill.
    LANGUAGES
    English
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Journal article – Interviews
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Biasiny- Rivera, Charles. “Intercambio Adál.” Nueva Luz: Photographic  Journal (New York, NY), vol. 9, no. 2, 2003, 30–35.
    TOPIC DESCRIPTORS
    NAME DESCRIPTORS
    Arbus, Diane Nemerov; Clark, Larry; Hujar, Peter; Mapplethorpe, Robert; Michals, Duane
    GEOGRAPHIC DESCRIPTORS
Synopsis

En Foco founding director, Charles Biasiny-Rivera, and Nuyorican artist Adal Maldonado discuss the latter’s transition from documentary projects in the 1970s, to the employment of photography in conceptual installations in the 1990s. Adal relates the influence of the Surrealist movement—and photographers like Diane Arbus and Duane Michals—on his artistic practice while studying photography at the San Francisco Institute of Art in the early-1970s. He recalls his experience founding a photography gallery in Soho, New York City, in 1975, and showing the work of Robert Mapplethorpe, Larry Clark, and Peter Hujar. Adal describes his own art and photography as postmodern and is open to mixing genres; he describes collaborating with poet Pedro Pietri on performances and projects like El Puerto Rican Embassy, and the installation Blueprints for a Nation as moving him toward printing images on alternative surfaces, like paper bags, shoes, and found objects. 

Annotations

Adal Maldonado is a photographer, filmmaker, and performance artist. A resident of the Lower East Side, Maldonado has collaborated with several Nuyorican poets including Pedro Pietri, Mariposa, and Miguel Algarin. From the 1970s onward, Maldonado has been building a body of work that explores Puerto Rican identity from a transnational perspective.

Researcher
Yasmin Ramirez
Credit
Courtesy of En Foco,Inc. Publishers of Nueva Luz, Bronx, NY