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In this lecture, the artist Bibiana Suarez recounts how a student's question prompted her to consider her own reasons for producing art; including the motivation of greed, which, although ostensibly negative, she considers as a motivator. Suarez explains that she produces art because she has the ability to communicate visually and because those faculties allow her to express that which becomes important to her. As a Puerto Rican living in the United States, her ideas revolve around the duality and ambiguity of her cultural condition as well as the tensions of the political relationship between her two own contexts. Suarez explains that, for her, art provides an outlet for the preservation of her essence, her ideas, her personal history and that of her people. She goes on to consider four bodies of work that formed the core of her production.

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Bibiana Suarez delivered this conference on February 11, 1999, as part of “The Last Lecture Series” at DePaul University. 
The Puerto Rican-born artist Bibiana Suarez has lived in Chicago since 1980, where she received her BFA and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited widely in the United States and Puerto Rico and has written about bicultural identity, the politics of the colonial relationship of the United States and Puerto Rico, and contemporary art.

Researcher
Victor Alejandro Sorell, Gabrielle Toth; Harper Montgomery, collaborator
Team
Institute for Latino Studies, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, USA
Credit
Courtesy of the private archives of Bibiana Suaréz, Chicago, IL