Tropical Frequencies exhibition image, La Mamá De Perla, Bony Ramirez, Photo courtesy of the artist

Tropical Frequencies 

Upper Gallery at The Arts Center at Governors Island
Opening Saturday, July 27, 2024 12-6pm | Reception 4-6pm
On view through September 29, 2024

Tropical Frequencies is an exhibition featuring painting, sculpture and installations by Caribbean artists who channel and engage with alternate realms in their practices. These spiritual and intangible realms are heavily influenced by diasporic Caribbean culture, the tropics, ancestral  stories, and the artists’ African and/or Indigenous roots. The art works act as a medium to connect with the metaphysical and connect back to the islands through repurposed organic and manmade materials such as wood, sand, seashells, and recycled clothing. 

Curated by: Kiara Cristina Ventura, Founder of Processa

Artists Featured: Cheyenne Julien, Emily Manwaring, Bony Ramirez, Mosie Romney, Quiara Torres, Tiempo De Zafra.

Curator Bios

Kiara Cristina Ventura (born. 1996) is a Dominican-American Afro-Latina curator, writer, and owner of PROCESSA (formerly Artsy Window). Bronx native, Ventura curates spaces highlighting and documenting the works of artists from marginalized communities, centering artists of color. Ventura’s love for art history began when she interned at The Metropolitan Museum of Art during high school. She then double majored in Art History & Journalism at NYU and graduated in May 2018. Noticing the lack of representation of artists of color in her art history classes and within the larger art world, she responded via writing, curating, and teaching mobile art history classes. She initiated herself as an independent curator with the exhibition, FOR US. Since early 2019, she has been working alongside curator Larry Ossei Mensah as a mentee and curatorial assistant. Ventura was a 2022-23 curatorial fellow at NXTHVN as part of their 4th cohort.

With a love for contemporary art, art history, and spirituality, Ventura is continuing in breaking barriers by independently curating, writing, organizing public programs, and creating digital content. Since 2015, she has curated at a multitude of spaces including The Museum of the African Diaspora San Francisco, The Bronx Art Space, Vis Arts Maryland, Penn State University, The Longwood Gallery at Hostos, The Andrew Freedman Home, Reparations Club LA, NXTHVN, and Sean Kelly Gallery. Her writing has appeared in Art Forum, Performa Mag, Cultured Mag, Teen Vogue, and Aperture.

PROCESSA (formerly ARTSYWINDOW) (est. 2015) is Ventura’s brainchild and continuous roving curatorial platform that collaborates with galleries and artists. Processa’s physical space in Ridgewood, Queens serves as an experimental studio and programming space run by Ventura along with artist Kameron Robinson. PROCESSA centers the narratives of marginalized communities & artists of color with the goal of creating curated experimental happenings to connect artists and the public.

Under her platform, she has taught mobile & digital art history classes about contemporary artists of color. She has previously taught at the Miranda Kuo Gallery, the Gavin Brown Enterprise, VICE headquarters, various artist & collectors’ living rooms, Ed.Varie, 8Ball Collective Headquarters, and Ghetto Gastro.

Her work has been written about in Afro Punk, Sugarcane, Gallery Gurls, Art Forum, Elephant Magazine, and Art Net.