The Stephan Stoyanov Gallery on the Lower East Side has announced the self-titled debut exhibition of works by Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons and Neil Leonard. Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons contributions to this show includes her latest collection photographs and drawings. Themes in her pieces include individual freedom, cultural heritage, racism, and national politics, which she conveys in a contemplative and poetic manner. She draws from her own, personal experiences growing up as an Afro-Cuban woman growing up in Post-Revolutionary Cuba as well as her experiences living in the United States.
Most of Campos-Pons’ pieces are self-portraits shown against abstract backgrounds that feature herself wearing different costumes symbolizing different cultures. She also introduces elements of various religions and mythologies relating to Yoruba, Spanish, and Chinese cultures.
Neil Leonard’s contribution to this show is a multimedia installation called Pan Verdadero (True Bread), which includes videos and sound clips collected during his most recent trip to Cuba. The images and chants of Cuban street vendors (known as “pregoneros”) generate a three dimensional insight into Cuban lifestyle and culture today. The shifting keynote sounds on the island signify all that has changed in the country in recent months and hint at possible changes in the future.
At The Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, 29 Orchard St., through Oct. 27. The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturdays from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sundays from Noon-6 p.m. There will be an opening reception at the gallery Sunday, Sept. 8th from 6-8 p.m.