Esperanza Cortés is a New York-based and Bogota-born multidisciplinary artist. Her practice focuses on folk art traditions, art rituals, artifacts, music and dance of The Americas, and their continuous and evolving changes. These themes are at the core of her sculptures, installations, interventions and community projects. As a former Afro Latin dancer, Cortés seeks to underscore and use sacred space and the patterns of dance and percussion. She uses music and fragments of histories as departure points to investigate and build the structure and space of the installations. These works encourage viewers to reconsider social and historical narratives especially when dealing with Colonialism and raises critical questions about the politics of erasure and exclusion.

Her solo exhibitions include A Feather in each Hand, Taller Boricua Gallery, New York City (2014); Entre Sombras – Site of Memory, The Lorenzo Homar Gallery, Taller Puertoriqueño, Philadelphia, PA, (2013), and Ojo V – Last tree standing, Bielska BWA Gallery, Warsaw, Poland (2011). Her two-person exhibitions include Dollar Daze, Mestizo Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah, (2012). Cortés’s awards include the Painters & Sculptors Grant, Joan Mitchell Foundation, New York City (2014) and the Visionary Award, Elders Share the Arts, Brooklyn, NY (2014). She was also an alternate to the finalists in the US Department’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs smARTpower Program. She received a Bachelor’s from Queens College, and trained as a teaching artist at MoMa and Bank Street College.

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