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Kukuli Velarde: The Complicit Eye

  • Taller Puertorriqueño 2600 North 5th Street Philadelphia, PA, 19133 United States (map)

The Complicit Eye, Kukuli Velarde’s first major exhibition in Philadelphia of paintings and sculptures, deconstructs ideals of female beauty from colonization to the local barrio. A 2015 Guggenheim fellow, Velarde’s show features work that interrogates the construction and consumption of beauty in Western culture, with self-portraits of her as “the other”– a woman, an immigrant, or merely a mature body, and sculptures that flip the male gaze. The show also showcases her performance drawings, a freehand mural she will work on during the first ten days the show./Exhibición de pinturas, esculturas, ceramic, que deconstruye los ideales de belleza desde la colonización hasta el barrio. 

Based in Philadelphia, Kukuli Velarde is a painter and sculptor whose career spans four decades and two continents. Primarily known for her feminist reinterpretations of Colonial painting and Pre-Columbian sculpture, Velarde’s work brings together the personal and the political. Velarde has received numerous awards and recognitions, including a PEW Fellowship in 2003, a Knight Fellowship in 2009, and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2015.

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