Monica Rodriguez

mrodriguezmedina@gmail.com

Cambio de Guardia: Puerto Rico 1898, 2013

Cambio de Guardia: Puerto Rico 1898 consists of a series of photographs that document the monuments of the Spanish American War of 1898 in Puerto Rico. Located in the towns of Guanica, Yauco, Coamo and Guayama these monuments not only commemorate the events that took place in Puerto Rico during this war, but they are also reminders of the current political situation of Puerto Rico. These images evoke a sense of ambivalence about the relationship of Puerto Rico with the United States. This sense of ambivalence is manifested in the photographs through the deteriorated state of the monuments and their imposition in the quotidian lives of Puerto Ricans. 

None of the Above, 2013

1967, 1993, 1998, 2012 Puerto Rico status referendum ballots and ballot boxes.

What Does Illegal Look Like?, 2012

6 cardboard signs

Barricade, 2012

A series of drawings based on the barricades built by protesters during different protests. 

Proclamations, 2011

A performance that consists of a group of people singing a song - the lyrics of which are derived from various letters, found on the internet, written in protest of human rights violations. By focusing international attention on sites in which human rights are violated these letters give voice to the oppressed, generate action, prevent and end grave abuses of human rights and demand justice for those whose rights have been violated.

No More Handouts! We Bite The Hand!, 2011

In the video No More Handouts! We Bite The Hand! a young woman with the aid of an unconventional projection device recites anti-capitalist political slogans in the middle of an empty parking lot. Inspired by slogans chanted by activists during recent mass demonstrations, the slogans chanted by the young woman in the video, not only are an expression of ones opinions and objection to particular events, policies or situations, but a call to action, for people to rise from their slumber and demand revolution.

We Are America, 2011

A performance based project that addresses social and political issues concerning immigrants rights in the United States. I am interested in the use of Downtown Los Angeles as the site of numerous marches and rallies against U.S. immigration policies. The performance consists of a group of people marching through the streets of Downtown Los Angeles while holding an american flag that has a slogan printed on it. The slogans printed on the flags are the ones that people chanted or had printed on their placards and banners during the March 25, 2006 protests over proposed changes to U.S. immigration policies that took place in Downtown Los Angeles.

The Practical Side of Myth-Making, 2011

Shields made out of inner tubes, Tute Bianche timeline

A Manual For Revolution, 2011

An installation piece centered on a timeline from 1994 to 2011 drawn in a straight horizontal black line across the gallery walls. Eighteen descriptions of specific political demonstrations and struggles from around the world are mounted below the timeline. Reproductions of banners, posters, t-shirts with slogans and a variety of signs as well as other renderings of objects that were used during political protests are placed around the timeline.

Forms Of Protest (Bandanas), 2010

Black bandanas, White letter foam stickers

Dimensions Variable

Free Speech Zone, 2010
C-print
18” x 24”

Free Speech Zone, 2010

C-print

18” x 24”

From Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses, 2009

Shoe Box, Tomatoes dipped in ink, Cardboard sign

Mega-Helmet, 2009
C-print
36” x 48”

Mega-Helmet, 2009

C-print

36” x 48”

Birding, 2009
C-print
18” x 24”

Birding, 2009

C-print

18” x 24”

The Natural Suspension of Being, 2008