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Curriculum Vitae



Dinorah de Jesús Rodríguez

(b. Placetas, Cuba, 1957)

Curriculum Vitae



Awards/Artists’ Support

National Performance Network, Cultural Exchange Travel Grant to HONDURAS, 2017

Theater Communications Group, Cultural Exchange Travel Grant to CUBA, 2016

National Performance Network, Cultural Exchange Travel Grant to NICARAGUA, 2016

University of Central Florida Gallery, Orlando, FL, Project Commission, 2015

Present Project Hawai’i, Project Commission/Fellowship, Honolulu 2014

Artists in Action, Project Commission, Girls’ Club Collection, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 2014

Karen Shea Silverman Fellowship, Virginia Center for Contemporary Arts, 2013

Deering Estate, Project Commission, Miami, FL 2012

Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Individual Artists’ Fellowship, 2005, 2012

City of Miami Beach, Sleepless Night, Public Art Commission, 2011

FAN/Knight New Work Award, Funding Arts Network, Miami, FL, Project Grant, 2009-2010

Tigertail Productions, Miami, FL, Artists’ Access Grant, 2001, 2003, 2010

Atlantic Center for the Arts, Residency Support Fellowship, 2005

Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs Consortium, Artist’s Enhancement Grant, 2004

Miami Light Project, Miami, FL, Here and Now Project Grant, 1998

San Francisco Festival 2000, San Francisco, CA, Project Grant, 1990


Featured Artist, Tecnologías que Danzan, 13th Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba, 2019

Invited Artist, Muestra Joven, Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficos (ICAIC), Havana, Cuba, 2019

Featured Artist, Festival DVDanza Habana, Havana, Cuba, 2018

Member, Board of Directors, Miami Beach Film Society and Cinematheque, 2009-Present

Artist in Residence, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, 2012-2014

Adjudicator, YoungArts/National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts, Miami, FL 2008-2012

Artist in Residence, Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL, 2001-2007   

Media Arts Jury Panelist, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Baltimore, MD 2007

Guest Curator, Hollywood Art and Culture Center, Hollywood, FL, 2005

Juried Artist, Art Center South Florida, Miami, Beach, FL 1997-2001

Nominating Committee, National Video Resources/Rockefeller Foundation, 2000, 2001

Media Arts Jury Panelist, Louisiana Division of the Arts, 1999 and 2000

Media Arts Jury Panelist, New Forms Miami, 1998

Media Arts Jury Panelist, North Carolina Arts Council, 1998

Media Arts Jury Panelist, South Carolina Arts Council, 1997

Media Arts Fellowship Nominee, Rockefeller Foundation National Video Resources, 1993

Travel Fellowship Finalist, Fulbright Foundation, 1992

Resident, 16mm Film Production Intensive, Los Angeles Women’s Building, 1978


Black Maria Film Festival, 2nd Place/Jury’s Citation Award, 2003

Big Muddy Film Festival, Honorable Mention, 2002


Mujeres en las Artes, Tegucigalpa, HONDURAS, 2017

Teatro Buendia, Havana, CUBA, 2016

La Corriente Feminista, Managua, NICARAGUA, 2016

Present Project, Honolulu, HAWAI’I, 2014

Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Amherst, VA 2013

Art & Bangladesh, Dhaka, BANGLADESH, 2012

Fundación Valparaíso, Mojácar, SPAIN, 2010

Private Residency Funded by FL State Fellowship to Bahia, BRAZIL 2006

Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL, 2001, 2002, 2005

Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY, 2004

Jentel Artists’ Residency Program, Banner, WY, 2003

Los Angeles Women’s Building Project Residency with Barbara Hammer, Los Angeles, CA 1978

Public Archives/Collections

Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL

Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL

Bryn Mawr College Library, Bryn Mawr, PA

Concordia University, Montreal, CANADA

Diaspora Vibe Gallery, Miami, FL

Girls’ Club Collection, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Jentel Arts, Banner, WY

Latin American Video Archives (LAVA Video), New York, NY

Pacific Film Archive at Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA

Proyecto Videolab, Lisbon, PORTUGAL

Temple University, Film and Media Arts Archive, Philadelphia, PA

The Rockefeller Foundation, National Video Resources, New York, NY

University of California at Berkeley, Media Arts Library

University of the Arts, Media Arts Archive, Philadelphia, PA

University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Film and Video Art Archive, Milwaukee, WI

Videoteca del Sur, New York, NY

Visual Studies Workshop, State University of New York, Brockport/Rochester, NY

Yale University Media Art Center, New Haven, CT

Selected Speaking Engagements

Hand-crafted film and the physicality of celluloid, Zoom Presentation, 305/Havana International Festival of Improvisation, Miami, FL 2020

gods always behave like the people who make them, University of Central Florida, 2016

Present Project Artists’ Talk, Agora Cultural Center, Honolulu, HI 2014

Artists in Action Artist’s Talk, Girls’ Club Collection, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 2014

Girls’ Summit, Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA), North Miami, FL 2013

Elusive Landscape: Miami, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami, FL 2010

Lover Other: The Work of Barbara Hammer, Cinematheque, Miami Beach, FL 2007

Multimedia Applications in Performance, University of California, Davis, 2006

The Precocious Preconscious: Films by Dinorah de Jesús Rodriguez, Miami Beach Cinematheque, FL 2004

Artisanal Film, Visual Studies Workshop, SUNY Brockport/Rochester, NY 2004

The Festival of Alternative Cuban Film, Panel Discussion, Tower Theatre, Miami, FL 2003

The Experimental Show, Panel Discussion, Bass Museum of Art, Miami, 2003

Made in the USA: 40 Years of Independent Cuban Film, Alliance for Media Arts, Miami, 1997

Myth, Memory & Magic, Panel Discussion, Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA 1991

Festival 2000, Panel Discussion, Kabuki Theatre, San Francisco, 1990


Cubavisión TV, Lente Joven, Animación Sobre Celuloide, Muestra Joven, May 2019

Cubavisión TV, Noticiero Cultural, Tecnologías que Danzan, en la Bienal de la Habana, May 2019

Frolic Hawaii, The Amazing Works of Present Project, October 2014

Honolulu Magazine, Present Project Works to Expand Hawaii Arts, September 2014

The Honolulu Advertiser, Building a Nest to Nurture Art, September 2014

Bitch Media, Get To Know The Feminist Filmmaker Who Vandalizes Commercials, August 2013

CNN Español, Mujer_cita_MIA se presenta en Miami, April 2013

Tropicult, Mujer_cita_MIA: Intervention Art [Interview], April 2013

Miami Art Guide, Miami On Stage presents Dinorah de Jesús Rodriguez’s Mujer_cita_MIA, April 2013

Cultist – Miami New Times, Dinorah de Jesús Rodriguez Brings Her Video Art From YouTube to the Art Basel Streets, Ily Goyanes, December 2012

Cultist – Miami New Times, Multimedia Artist Dinorah de Jesús Rodríguez Explores the Poetics of Cafes with RUINS, October 2011

Miami Art Exchange, Night Film in the Landscape, Onajide Shabaka, July 2010

Cultist – Miami New Times, Experimental Filmmaker Takes Over Legion Park, Amanda McCorquodale, July 2010

UCLA/CSW Blog, Inappropriate Bodies: Contepmorary Filmmakers Challenge Gender Construction Through Appropriation, Jamie Baron, 2009

Miami Sun Post, Art of Film, Omar Sommereyns, Miami, FL 2008

KPFA Radio, Interviews with Filmmakers from Women of Color Film Festival, Berkeley, CA 2003

WLRN-TV, Cabletap, Artist Interview, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 2003

La Pupila Insomne Blog, El Cine Artesanal de Dinorah de Jesús Rodríguez, by Juan Antonio Borreros, Madrid, SPAIN 2003

WAMI-TV, Generation Ñ, Artist Interview, Miami, 1998

GEMS-TV, Qué Pasa Miami, Artist Interview, International Spanish Cable Network, 1997

Teaching Positions

Youth installation workshop, Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, Havana, Cuba, 2019

Animation Workshop, Muestra Joven, Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficos (ICAIC), 2019

Arts Educator, Perez Art Museum of Miami, 2007-Present

Artist Faculty Advisor, Vermont College of Fine Art, 2013, 2015, 2016

Visiting Artist, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI, 2014

Visiting Artist, Sweet Briar College, Amherst, Virginia, 2013

Artist in Residence/Arts Educator, Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) North Miami, 2012-2014

Co-Founder and Co-Director, Flashlight Project, Various Sites, 2007- 2011

Arts Educator, Miami-Dade Public Library System, 2009-2010

Arts Educator, World Literacy Campaign/Girl Power, 2009-2010

Arts Educator, Girls’ Club Collection, Ft. Lauderdale, 2007-2009

Arts Educator, Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, 2001-2009

Guest Lecturer, University of California at Davis Gender and Cultural Studies Dept, 2006

Visiting Faculty, Visual Studies Workshop (SUNY at Brockport/Rochester), NY 2005, 2006

Arts Educator, Wolfsonian Museum, Florida International University, Miami, 2004, 2006

Arts Educator, South Florida Art Center, Miami, 1997-2001

Guest Lecturer, Florida International University, Miami, 1997

Film/Video Instructor, Alliance for Media Arts, Miami, 1993-1997


School of Creative Arts at San Francisco State University, B.A. Film Production 1988

San Francisco City College, Experimental 16mm Film Production 1984-1985

San Francisco Art Institute, Aesthetics of Experimental Film, 1978
Boston University, Journalism and Communications, 1976-1978

Selected Exhibitions (*Solo Exhibitions)

Moving Images Fall and Winter Series, Miami International Airport Gallery, Miami, FL 2020

Screendance Miami, The Light Box, Miami, FL 2020

*Experimental Film Program: 42nd International Festival of Latin American Film, Havana, CUBA, 2019

Miami New Media Festival, Doral Museum at Laundromat Space, Miami, FL 2019

13th Havana Biennial: Tecnologías que Danzan, Gran Teatro Alicia Alonso, Havana, CUBA 2019

*Animación Sobre Celuloide, Muestra Joven, Cubavisión TV, Lente Joven, May 2019

Engauge Experimental Film Festival, Seattle, WA 2018

A Cavalcade of Animated Shorts, University of Indiana, IN 2018

Fulanas y Menganas, curated by Funcionarte,Centro Cultural Español, Miami, FL 2018

*Las Dos Aguas, Center for Development of the Visual Arts, Havana, CUBA 2018

DVDanzaHabana Videodance Festival, Center for Development of the Visual Arts, Havana, CUBA 2018

ScreenDance Miami, Perez Art Museum Miami, FL 2016

The Encounter: Baalu Girma and Zora Neale Hurston, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 2016

Present Project Hawai’i, Kaka’ako Arts District, Honolulu, HI, 2014

ScreenDance Miami, Inkub8, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, FL 2013

Global Caribbean V, Art Basel Special Event, Little Haiti Cultural Center, Miami, FL 2013

I Think It’s In My Head, curated by TM Sisters, Girls’ Club Collection, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 2013

Screen Miami, Tenerife Espacio de Artes, Islas Canarias, SPAIN, 2013

*mujer_cita_MIA, installation in lobby & ladies’ room at Miami Dade County Auditorium, 2013

*Miami Remix @ Inkub8, Inkub8, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, FL, 2012

*Miami Remix: Street-Level, a series of street projections presented on the façades of private homes in Miami’s Buena Vista neighborhood, 2012

*free fish (street projection) Downtown Hollywood Art Walk,  2012

DCG Open, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL 2012

Expect the Unexpected, Tigertail Productions Fundraiser, Miami, FL 2012

SoBay Festival of the Arts, Outdoor Installation, Deering Estate, Cutler Bay, FL 2012

*Sleepless Night, Miami Beach Cinematheque, Miami Beach, FL 2011

*RUINS, Multimedia Installation, Miami Beach Cinematheque, Miami Beach, FL 2011

ComVideo, Apexart, Outdoor Projection at Entrance to Holland Tunnel, New York, NY, 2011

*Elusive Landscape: Miami, Vizcaya Museum Gardens (and 4 other outdoor sites), Miami, 2010

Evironments, Outdoor Projection at Plaza da Inquisiçao, Coimbra, PORTUGAL, 2010

*ellos y nosotros: them & us, Project Room, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, FL 2010

Festival of Inappropriation, UCLA, 2009

Monitoring Art, O Cinema at Calix Gustav Gallery, Miami, FL 2009           

Sleepless Night, Miami Beach Botanical Garden, Miami Beach, FL 2009

Set to Manual, Girls’ Club Collection, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 2009

Abracadabra Fundraiser and Auction, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, FL 2009

Au go! go! Pre-Art Basel Miami Event, Studio 1215 Miami, FL, 2008           

Barcelona International Film Festival, Barcelona, SPAIN, 2007

Safety Zones, Diaspora Vibe Gallery, Art Basel ½Miami Design District, 2007

Way Out, Miami GLBT Film Festival Centerpiece Party, Hispaniola Way, Miami Beach, FL, 2007

San Diego Women’s Film Festival, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA, 2006

Festival du Cinéma de Paris, Paris, FRANCE, 2006

Thessaloniki Film Festival, Thessaloniki, GREECE, 2006

IPO Satellite Office, 801 Projects, Miami, FL, 2006

Blood/Regeneration, Galería La Rampa, San Francisco, CA, 2006

Plural Miami, EdgeZones Gallery, Art Basel ½Wynwood Arts District, Miami, FL  2005

Optic Nerve, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL 2005

Flicker Film Festival, Spokane, WA 2005

IPO: The Bored Room, Here and Now Festival, Miami Light Project, Miami, FL 2005

Miami NOW, EdgeZones Gallery, Art Basel ½Wynwood Arts District, Miami, FL 2004

IPO Branding, scopeMiami Centerpiece Party, TownHouse Hotel, Miami Beach, FL 2004

New York International Independent Film and Video Festival, New York, NY, 2004

*The Precocious Preconscious: Works by Dinorah de Jesús Rodriguez, Cinematheque, Miami, FL 2004

*Festival of Alternative Cuban Cinema (Solo Program), Tower Theatre, Miami, FL 2003

Girls on Film Screening Series, ATA Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2003

Not Still Art Festival, Micro Museum, New York, NY 2003

The Black Maria Film Festival (2nd Place Jury’s Citation Award), U.S. Tour, 2003

Surreal Saturday, PS742, Miami, FL 2003

Women of Color Film Festival, Pacific Film Archive at Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA 2003

The Experimental Show, Bass Museum of Art, Miami, 2003

Ybor City Moving Image Festival, Tampa, FL, 2002

Asian Pacific American Film Festival, The Smithsonian Museum, Washington, DC, 2002

Optic Nerve, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL 2002

Athens International Film Festival, Athena Cinema, Athens, OH, 2002 and 1992

Big Muddy Film Festival (Honorable Mention), Chicago, IL 2002

Subtropics Surreal Marathon, PS 742, Miami, FL 2002

Poetics and Fear, Cinematech at Israeli Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, ISRAEL 2002

Radical Women of Color for the 21st Century, University of California, Berkeley, CA 2002

Megacosm, Bass Museum of Art, Miami, FL 2001

InsideOut and *Image Party, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL 2001

*The Anatomy of Desire, Colony Theatre, Miami Beach, FL 2000

Director’s Cut, Richard Schack Gallery, Miami Beach, FL 1999

Opening Night Street Projection, Artemis Performance Network, Miami, FL 1999

Cinema of the Americas: Latin American and Caribbean Film Festival, Miami, FL 1999

New Blood: 1997 Juried Artists, South Florida Art Center, Miami, FL 1998

Here and Now, Miami Light Project/New World School of the Arts, Miami, FL 1998

New Plays (“.Epar”), New Theatre, Coral Gables, FL, 1997

Made in the USA: 40 Years of Independent Cuban Film, Alliance Theatre, Miami, FL 1997

Quinto Encuentro de Video, National Cuban TV, Havana, CUBA 1995

Women in the Director’s Chair International Film and Video Festival, U.S. Tour, 1994

Hand-Held Journeys, Joseph Papp Public Theatre, New York, NY 1993

Afro-Latino Images, Downtown Community TV Center, New York, NY 1992

Women’s Erotic Film Festival, Roxie Theatre, San Francisco, CA 1992

Guadelupe Cinefest, Guadelupe Arts Center, San Antonio, TX, 1992

Myth, Memory and Magic, Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA 1991

Images Festival of Independent Film and Video, Toronto, CANADA 1991

37 49’N/122 22’W: New Bay Area Work, Cinematheque, San Francisco, CA 1991

Images and Visions, La Peña Cultural Center, Berkeley, CA 1991

Cultural Legacies, Peralta Colleges Television PCTV, Oakland, CA 1991

Works from Festival 2000, KQED-TV Channel 32, San Francisco, CA 1990

Festival 2000, Kabuki Theatre, San Francisco, CA 1990

Independent Shorts, ATA Gallery, San Francisco, CA 1987

International Women’s Day Festival, Old Wives’ Tales Bookstore, San Francisco, CA  1986


Selected Works


R.u.i.n.a.s. (2020, 10:22)

A bilingual narrative on gender violence filmed in Super 8 film, featuring script, voiceover, and screen performance by Anita Ponton. 

mis amores (2020, 03:43)

A music and dance video featuring dancer Niurca Márquez and acapella vocals by Yoslainy Derrick Pérez deconstructing Spanish and African elements in Cuban culture.

urdimbre y trama (2018, 01:26)

Experimental film layering texture and repetition through a blend of handcrafted 16mm film and digital effects; with dance by Niurca Márquez.

gods always behave like the people who make them (2016, 06:02)

With a hiphop track by Sista Whirlwind, choreography and movement by Shaneeka Harrell, this film honors author Zora Neale Hurston on the 125th anniversary of her birth; created as part of an installation by the same title.

mujer_cita_MIA (2013, 10:33)

A dance video addressing rape, domestic violence, and childhood sexual abuse, presented in wall monitors in public women’s rest rooms in diverse venues across Miami.  

Sonámbula (2011, 03:25)

A layered narrative that humorously explores the concept of sleepwalking and traveling through the terrain of the subconscious via the use of found footage, this work features such legendary movie icons as Betty Boop and the Sleepwalker from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.  Created from hand-scratched and hand-colored 16mm celluloid film, embellished with digital effects, this short film functions as an element of a larger installation and/or as a stand-alone film.

IN A GADDA DA VIDA (In the Garden of Eden) (2010, 05:18)

An experimental music video depicting the plight of Earth’s Daughter during the process of global overdevelopment via the use of found footage and psychedelic video effects; with music by Fred Ho and the Green Monster Big Band.

XXX:  Is sex safe?  Cyberputa, and How Come You Don’t Trust Me? (Triptych 2007, 03:01)

A triptych of images culled from over 20,000 feet of vintage 16mm footage, including pornography, TV commercials, cartoons and classic movie trailers, these films have been hand-colored, painted and/or scratched frame by frame on footage originally produced between the late 1920’s and late 1970s. 

Telepatía (2007, 06:17)

“All the sex that we are having and not having in virtual reality…” A psychedelic trance-film exploring erotic impulses, distance, and virtual relationships.  NOTE: This work contains sexually explicit imagery.

Is It True Blondes Have More Fun?  (2006, 0:30)

A graffitti remake of a classic Clairol hair dye ad from the 1960’s.

you are the product of a sex tabú  (2005, 02:13)

A look at the relationship between media and human sexuality, and the drive to attain a state of purity.

Global Medea  (2005, 03:48)

An analysis of communication, cross-cultural understanding, social mores, and contemporary values under the influence of globalization.  Soundtrack by J Foster Peone.

Dialogue in Space (2005, 01:32)

A short video loop made in collaboration with visual artist Michelle Weinberg in which two aesthetic languages struggle to dialogue within the space of the video frame and the minds of two female artists.

female alchemy: a video symphony in seven movements (2004, 30:00)

Conceived as a “step-by-step guide to womanhood” and designed to be experienced as a linear cinematic experience and/or a 7-channel video installation, this piece weaves home movies and handcrafted film segments into seven self-contained short works joined by a common thematic purpose; with contributions of poetry, music and performance by a variety of artists, including beat poet Anne Waldman and composer Gabriela Lena Frank.

Cortejo  (2002, 04:27)

A visit to the cemetery unleashes the force of the feminine psyche in this surrealist narrative starring Cuban stage actress Magaly Agüero and set to original score by composer Ken Field.

Un nombre de mujer  (2001, Film/Video, 06:25)

An image embarks upon a journey of self-discovery in response to a mysterious phone call; with usic by1960’s Cuban pop icons, Los Zafiros.

Afterlife  (2001, 04:14)

Produced in residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in collaboration with filmmakers Karen Aqua and James Espinas, the piece addresses the aftermath of 9/11 in a parallel between the personal and universal through metaphors drawn from the surrounding subtropical landscape.

L’anatomie du désir  (2001,  05:25)

A tribute to biophysical impulses, this 16mm assemblage of erotic images, found footage and distressed film was originally projected onto the torso of Butoh artist Helena Thevenot as part of the one-hour performance piece The Anatomy of Desire. The video version was created in collaboration with sound artist Gustavo Matamoros as an experiment in texture and synchronicity.

(In Loving Memory…) for Soraya  (1998, 05:07)

A meditation upon a young woman murdered by her husband and a peek into dimensions of intimacy and private space. Funded in part by Miami Light Project Here and Now Award.

Dolor y Perdón (1997, 03:16)

A collage of deconstructed film images shot with obsolete and defective cameras, the piece is an homage to the body and its propensity for love, pain, endurance and ultimate detachment; set to the classic bolero bearing the same title, as performed by contemporary Afro-Cuban ensemble, Conjunto Céspedes.

A Trilogy: Ochún/Oricha – El Balance – Guerreros  (1990, 28:00)

This stylistic collage addresses balance between “feminine” and “masculine” forces and the meshing of inner and outer realities. The work consists of three shorts and the animated sequences between them; filmed internationally with an original score by multicultural artists, Guillermo and Bobi Céspedes, Thierry Diallo, William R. Jack, Ustad Habib Khan and Auschim Chadhouri; drawings by Bárbara Safille. Funded in part by San Francisco Festival 2000.


Mujer_cita_habanera (2019)

Film screening with live performance by dancer Niurca Márquez presented at Gran Teatro Nacional Alicia Alonso, 13th Havana Biennial.

Las Dos Aguas (2018)

Composed of two distinct works in separate spaces, this installation presented at Centro de Desarrollo in Havana, Cuba included …y todavía bailamos/…and still we dance which featured transparent images of dancers suspended in the air, in combination with a video on rape and sexual assault; and las dos aguas, a study of movement and evolution using the sea and droplets of water as point of reference.

gods always behave like the people who make them (2016)

With a hiphop track by Sista Whirlwind, choreography and movement by Shaneeka Harrell, this film honors author Zora Neale Hurston on the 125th anniversary of her birth.

History House New Smyrna Beach, (2015, Installation as Set for Music and Dance Performance)

This site-specific installation and performance work in collaboration with Nu Flamenco artists Niurca Márquez and José Luis de la Paz explores both the history of Flamenco in a choreographic conversation that deconstructs the lingering influence of Spanish colonial attitudes on contemporary Latino culture and identity, as well as the history of the rural South Florida community in which the piece is set.

migrants/migrantes (2014)

This site-specific installation, originally presented in Honolulu, HI, consists of a shipping container with a palm roof, in which the artist is attempting to root various plants from the surrounding landscape in preparation for shipment.  The piece includes a series of sculptures created from glass, water and plant matter, and a video as well as two soundtracks. The work humorously and abstractly explores themes of biodiversity and transplantation of culture via the use of petri dishes and magnifying lenses to create a sort of lab that examines plant specimens, distorted memories, and other by-products of biodiversity.

mujer_cita_MIA (2013)

This city-wide public installation consists of a dance/video/film collage addressing feminist issues such as rape, domestic violence, and childhood sexual abuse, installed in wall monitors in public women’s rest rooms in diverse venues across South Florida, including the Little Haiti Cultural Center, Miami Dade County Auditorium, Miami Beach Cinematheque, Girls’ Club Collection, and private outlets such as beauty salons and nightclubs.  

Agua Florida: free-swimming fish (2012)

This site-specific moving image word addresses the history, energy and ecological importance of Florida’s waterways and the Everglades in particular via references to historical and supernatural anecdotes associated with the wetlands around the Deering Estate, a spot where ancient voices still linger over the landscape.  This project is created in celebration of the restoration of the natural slew on the property to its original form. Using historical imagery from the Estate’s archives as well as the Florida Memory Project, this multimedia installation is presented in both exterior and interior areas of the Estate.

RUINS (2011)

This project uses fleeting multiple projections to create an environment into which the viewer is unwittingly immersed while sitting at a café in any city in the world.  It is as if the central character haunts the café. Projected images appear intermittently on varying surfaces, tables and walls, to form a fragmented narrative conveying the story of a woman trapped inside the ruins of a timeless place who haunts this café with her bizarre perceptions regarding the outside world and her notions of what might be going on here. The projections are timed to rhythmically appear and disappear in such a way as to tell the story in fragments, and to create a spontaneous, collective experience that is at once comic and eerie, intimate and public.  Presented in the Miami Beach Cinematheque Café during Art Basel Miami Beach 2011.

Elusive Landscape: Miami (2010)

Aseries of free public art events presented at five outdoor locations across Miami from June to October 2010 in collaboration with experimental composer and sound designer Ricardo Lastre, this work consists of multiple hand-crafted 16mm filmstrips depicting the forms and colors of natural landscapes and projected directly into the landscapes themselves. Elusive Landscape promotes environmental awareness by celebrating Miami’s lush urban green spaces and natural eco-systems and their functions in the daily life of the community. It connects the city’s diverse ethnic and economic audiences by engaging everyday people with an experience that is sensorial, magical, celebratory and rooted in nature in a shared, unifying experience that spans key areas of the city. Commissioned by Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator, this project won the 2009 FAN Knight New Work Award,an initiative of Funding Arts Network funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in the amount of $50,000.

ellos y nosotros: them and us (2010)

This stark and visually economical piece consists of a narrow rectangular space furnished with two empty birdcages while two identical video projections appear on the bifurcated ceiling.  The video imagery is of digitized, psychedelic, hand-crafted 16mm film of birds circling infinitely, accompanied by an audio track of bird calls layered with random street sounds.  My aesthetic language incorporates humor, subtlety, and psychological manipulation through the use of embedded single frames that deliver subliminal messages, and sections that are specifically designed to stimulate movement in our chakras, the spinning energetic centers located in the human body.  Presented in the Project Room at Hollywood Art and Culture Center, 2010.

ephemera (2009)

This workcelebrates the process of release, detachment, and the airing out of memories, fantasy, and social imprints.  The piece consists of miniscule film images, photographic negatives, and hand-colored celluloid strips suspended from the branches of the Grand Poinciana tree at the entrance to the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. The piece is kinetic thanks to natural breezes blowing through the outdoor environment, and the rudimentary projection effect is achieved through the use of spotlights located at the base of the tree aimed at the transparent imagery.  

o Amor (2009)

A transcendental video journey into the secret fantasy life of the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, filmed partly in this very location, o Amoris an outdoor video projection into the garden itself, addressing the cycle of bloom and decay in both the natural environment and the emotional experience of love. The interactive soundtrack by Ricardo Lastre and Dinorah de Jesús Rodriguez is purposely uncluttered and designed to be filled in by ambient sound and live performers.  Presented in conjunction with ephemera.

XXX (2007)

Replicating the peep shows of the past, this moving image installation was installed inside of a closet at Diaspora Vibe Gallery in Miami’s Design District as part of the show “Safety Zones” opening in tandem with Art Basel 2007.  The work consists of three erotic video loops presented within a “safe” viewing space, complete with blinking neon sign over the curtained door.  Culled from over 20,000 feet of vintage 16mm footage, including pornography, television commercials, cartoons and classic thrillers, these films have been hand-colored, painted and/or scratched frame by frame on footage originally produced between the late 1920’s and late 1970s.

Everywhere, Marie (2005)

This piece is dedicated to the memory of Marie Laveau, a well-known New Orleans sorceress who lived during the 19th century and was known for her supernatural powers, including the power of astral projection, which allowed her to appear in multiple locations at the same time.  A series of site-specific moving image installations consisting of a puppet made of reflective material (celluloid, metal plates), a film loop that is projected upon the face of the puppet, throwing reflections of the projected images onto the surrounding environment, and a soundtrack consisting of traditional Mardi Gras music by New Orleans jazz musicians. The installation has had two manifestations: one in a swamp in rural Central Florida during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and one in the bathroom of a Miami art gallery during the aftermath of Hurricane Wilma. Presented at Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL

and Edgezones Gallery, Miami, FL (Art Basel½Wynwood Arts District 2005).

SET: A Set of Settings Unsettling Set Ways (2003)

Created in collaboration with artists Denise Delgado, Tatiana Saínz and Michelle Weinberg, this piece transforms a black box theatre space into an interactive unfolding of dramatic obsessions and transitory illusions utilizing 3-dimensional media, transparencies, video and 16mm projections. Local performance artists are invited to present their works upon the installed Set during the duration of the exhibition.  Presented at PS 742 in Miami.

Image Party (2001)

This interactive moving image installation consists of 5 hand-painted 16mm film loops projected into floor-to-ceiling mirrors and throwing reflected imagery outside onto the foliage visible through the studio’s sliding glass doors, with live music by Ken Field, John Eacott, James Espinas and Raúl Garcia. Presented in the dance studio at Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, FL


Untold Stories (2019 Integrated Dance with Multimedia Performance)

In collaboration with Karen Peterson Dancers, this work looks at love through the lens of the body, using live movement and moving counterpoints to one another.

Urdimbre y Trama (2018 Multimedia Performance)

In collaboration with Nu Flamenco dancer and choreographer Niurca Márquez this work weaves a tapestry that explores the lives of immigrant women living in the United States.

Burdel (2016 Work in Progress/Multimedia Performance)

In collaboration with Teatro Buendía in Havana and El Ingenio in Miami, this work explores concepts of sex work and sexual labor.

Tsunami, (2015 Multimedia Performance) 

Written by Nilo Cruz & Michiko Kitayama Skinner, and directed by Nilo Cruz, Tsunami is a theatrical docudrama revealing personal stories of the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami. These transformative stories, presented by a variety of actors from different cultures, portray unforgettable tales of survival, magic, and a heightened reverence for life.

La Princesa Aoi (Lady Aoi), (2014 Integrated Theater Performance with Film and Video)

Based on the play by Yushio Mishima, this work, directed by José Manuel Dominguez, employs theater, dance, and projected imagery to tell the haunting story of a woman visited while on her deathbed by the apparition of her husband’s former lover. 

Grit, (2014 Integrated Dance with Multimedia Performance)

This work, performed by Karen Peterson and Dancers, 
is a video dance with Karen Peterson Dancers, a a mixed-ability dance company. The one-hour work explores the physical, social, environmental 
and emotional context of ‘grit’ in today’s world of struggle, fear, desperation and, occasionally, redemption.

History House, (2014, Multimedia Performance with video)

This theatrical multimedia dance piece in collaboration with Nu Flamenco artists Niurca Márquez and José Luis de la Paz explores the stereotypes and assumptions regarding the history of Flamenco in a choreographic conversation that deconstructs the lingering influence of Spanish colonial attitudes on contemporary Latino culture and identity.

RED, (2013, Performance with film and video)

A movement theater piece by choreographer and performer Afua Hall based on the life of civil rights icon Ruby Bridges, including 16mm film and overhead projections.

Swallowing the Moon (2007, Integrated Dance Theater and Multimedia Performance)

A movement theatre piece by Brazilian choreographer and performer Lucia Aratanha, adapted from the short story “Amor” by Clarice Lispector, and using multiple screen projections.

Cabaret Unkempt (2006, Multimedia Performance with Film, Video, 35mm Slides, Overhead Projection)

A collaborative multimedia work written and directed by performance artist Jennylin Duany and Elizabeth Doud. The work consists of two performers, a minimal set and an array of 16mm, video, slides and overhead projections that act as structural and narrative elements of the one-hour performance, which addresses the theme of body image in relation to size, race and social class.

IPO (2004-2007, Multimedia Performance Series with video)

A collaborative performance series in collaboration with choreographer Octavio Campos and visual artist Michelle Weinberg, IPO examines how the intuitive, fluid nature of art-making is both disrupted and energized by the insertion of banal economic facts. Through the use of interdisciplinary media, IPO provides an experimental forum in time and space on the status of the artistic process and product today, advancing a coherent theory of art economics by adhering to a corporate structure. The action and visual elements of IPO will progress according to the distinct phases of launching a business venture. The tangible components of IPO include movement, spoken word, sound, film/video, set design, and a website:

The Anatomy of Desire (2000, Film/Performance)  

A one-hour multimedia performance piece choreographed and directed by Butoh artist Helena Thevenot and experimental sound artist Gustavo Matamoros that includes a segment of 16mm film projected onto the nude body of the performer. The work explores and deconstructs the physical as well as theoretical implications of desire: its biophysical impulses, functions, purpose, and direction.

.Epar (1997,  Film/ Performance)

An evening-length interdisciplinary piece exploring rape and its ironic aftermath through dance, spoken word, 16mm film projections, video and live music. Written and directed by Ricky Martinez, choreographed by Lucia Arathanha and Giovanni Luquini, performed by Akropolis Acting Company with music by cellist Michelle Maiorana. Film work commissioned by New Theatre, Coral Gables, FL.