Oda a Corretjer (Yerba Bruja & Maguey)

Alberto Zayas Montilla

Alberto Zayas Montilla (b. 1993 in Santurce, PR) researches the history of colonialism alongside the emancipatory cultures that respond, resist, and fight against imperialist violence, with special attention to the Caribbean as a space of transit throughout the history of the world. This acts as a departure point for his practice, which uses archival and personal photographs in order to engage with the history of painting, seeking to rescue and celebrate the broken memory that capital has sought to conquer
  • 2020

  • Signed

  • Signed Juan Antonio Corretjer (1908-1985) was a political activist, nationalist, and freedom fighter for the liberation of Puerto Rico, leading multiple efforts of resistance throughout a span that lasted decades. Regarded as the national poet, his most famous book of poems is titled Yerba Bruja, a plant which is seen here sharing a pot with a Maguey, on the roof of the artists Chemi Rosado and Jorge González studios. In a way the plant serves as a reminder of Corretjer's generation, which fought against the expanding control of US industries on Puerto Rican land, much like the business ethics of the Walmart that the roof overlooks.

35" x 30" Acrylic on Cotton Canvas

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