Highlighting and Archiving Blackness in the Americas and Caribbean


27 December 2022

27 December 2022

Presented by Auttrianna Projects and The55Project.

With speakers Yelaine Rodriguez and Rafael Rg, moderated by Auttrianna Ward.

Auttrianna Ward is an independent curator, publisher, multilingual writer, cultural producer and co-founder of Mare Projects. Born and raised in San Francisco, Ward has lived in New York City Chicago and Salvador, Brazil. She is currently based between London and Baltimore, Maryland. She is a 2020 MFA Curatorial Practice graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). She received her BA in History from Manhattanville College in 2011. Ward is the founder of Mare Residency and now Auttrianna Projects, a multidisciplinary art firm that supports Latin American, African and Asian artistic production through publications, grants, residencies and special projects. Through MARE Projects, she also recently published The Guard, a publication featuring prose and poetry engaging themes around the value of the arts.

Rafael RG (1986) lives and works between Guarulhos and São Luís do Maranhão, Brazil. RG is a visual artist and writer. His practice focuses on sexual and affective relationships and their political implications as well as issues of racial identity. Working with institutional and personal archives, he presents his research through workshops, installations, performative texts, publications and objects. The materials he works with are often closely associated with narratives that involve himself or an alter ego in some way and the resulting projects that are close to or resemble fiction. He received, among other awards, the 1st Foco ArtRio Award, the Honor Award for Art and Heritage Merit/IPHAN, Centro cultural São Paulo Acquisition Award, Iberê Camargo Scholarship for residency at Künstlerhaus Bremen (Germany), Pampulha Scholarship for Residency at Arte da Pampulha (MG). Among his current residences, Gasworks in London (2018), Black Rock Senegal in Dakar (2019), Triangle France - Asterides in Marseile (2020), YBYTU (2021), and FAAP Artist Residency (2022), both in São Paulo.

Yelaine Rodriguez (b.1990) is an Afro-DominicanYork artistic scholar, curator, and writer. Rodriguez conceptualizes fiber art, sculptures, and site-specific installations drawing connections between Black cultures in the Caribbean & the United States. She received her BFA in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design | The New School (2013) & her MA in Latin American & Caribbean Studies / Museum Studies from New York University (2021). She is currently an Adjunct Instructor at Parsons Textile (MFA) & NYU Department of Photography & Imaging (DPI). Rodriguez has exhibited in ESTAMOS BIEN: LA TRIENAL 20/21, El Museo del Barrio's (NY) first national large-scale survey of Latinx contemporary art, FotoFocus Biennial, Photoville, Mexic-Arte Museum, American Museum of Natural History, & Wave Hill in the United States, El Centro Cultural de España & Centro León Biennial XXVII in the Dominican Republic, SurGallery & Critical Distance Centre for Curators in Canada, Wereldmuseum in The Netherlands, & La Escocesa in Barcelona, Spain. Rodriguez's works appeared on CNN, Artsy, EnFoco, Hyperallergic, Vogue, Aperture, and Elle Magazine. Her writing has appeared in ARTnews and academic journals like Latin American & Latinx Visual Culture.

2022 programming by Auttrianna Projects is sponsored by: Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), The55project, The Last Resort Artist Retreat, and Kalpa Art Advisory.