How does the use of irony undermine oppressive modes of representation? How can art draw attention to the ways in which historical ways of seeing continue into the present? To find out, listen to this episode recorded on the occasion of Sharjah Biennial 15, where Joiri Minaya is in conversation with SB15 curator Hoor Al Qasimi. In Sharjah, Joiri presented multiple works — a series called Redecode comprising patterned wallpapers showing pixelated colonial representations of the tropics (2015, 2018); Spandex Installations (2022-2023) that organises space in a way that makes it difficult for viewers to move around, and Labadee (2017), a film that explores how the Caribbean tourism industry operates in ways that continue colonial exploitation. To receive updates about the 15th Sharjah Biennial and the Sharjah Art Foundation’s year-round programme, follow us on Instagram @sharjahart.
Spandex installations (2023) and other works
Joiri Minaya is a Dominican- American multidisciplinary artist whose work investigates the continuity of colonial power hierarchies, often exploring the performativity of tropical identity and its commodification.