Repossessed integrates a variety works in different media, including Oquet’s new collage paintings, into a single installation, and addresses multidimensional aspects of cultural identity and post-colonial cultural legacy. Issues of politics, religion, social inequities, and the human condition will be woven into a resonant abstract language that embodies a decolonized aesthetics.
An internationally acclaimed and interdisciplinary artist, Oquet transforms simple materials into complex autonomous assemblages and props for performances and installations of powerful visual impact. The employment culturally-resonant and often discarded materials reflect an interest in reuse, transformation, and a desire to connect to her homeland, while transcending the limitations of place. Since coming to the attention of the art world in the early 1980s, her work has interrogated the history of colonialism, and explored themes of ancestry, race, and memory as a way to comment on the history of black identity in her native Dominican Republic, the United States, and in Western art. Her installations and videos often focus on black subjects historically excluded from the artistic canon.
Oquet has received several prestigious awards including: the South Florida Cultural Consortium 2014 Interdisciplinary Artists Fellowship Award. 2014, 2011, 2005 Recipient of Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Artist Access Grant; 2014,11 and 05; Grand Prize Winner of the 26 National Visual Arts Biennial, Museum of Modern Art, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 2011; Recipient of the Florida Artists Enhancement Grant 2014, 2005; Recipient of the South Florida Cultural Consortium 2005 Visual and Media Artists Fellowship Award; Recipient of the South Florida Cultural Artists Access Grant 1999; Co-recipient two New Forms Florida Grant 1986; Individual Grant for creating new works – QE II Arts Council of New Zealand. 1985 Individual grant for film – QEII Arts Council of N.Z. 1984 Individual grant for major project visual arts QE II Arts Council of NZ 1986.
Opening reception: Apr 25th, 2015, 7pm-9 pm
1305 Galloway Rd,
Miami, FL, 33174