Non-traditional art presentations in fashion and music
6th Latino, Caribbean, and Latin American Biennial

14 June 2011 - 8 Jan 2012, El Museo del Barrio, New York City

'Everybody likes to dance' the title of the interactive multimedia installation by the art duo 'Las Hermanas Iglesias', consisting of the sisters Lisa and Janelle, who are inspired by various cultures and their mix.

Video: 'Everybody Likes to Dance' by Las Hermanas Iglesias. (Originally created for Queens Museum of Art, Queens International IV, 2009; curated by Erin Sickler and Jose Ruiz.)
Lisa and Janelle Iglesias, New York natives, had been inspired for the Dominican Merengue and Norwegian Pols mash-up dance by their parents' heritage and Queens in New York, where the sisters are living. For the hybrid cultures dance, five international musicians have contributed mash-up compositions. "For these mash-ups, Las Hermanas developed a new choreography, a fusion of the two traditional dances. Everybody Likes to Dance is an audio-visual installation involving custom-made disco balls referencing Dominican and Norwegian imagery spinning over a dance floor diagram that encourages viewers to listen to the new tracks while they try to trace the dance steps."

From 14 June 2011 to 8 January 2012, Janelle Iglesias' work 'Bridge and tunnel kids have more fun' is exhibited at the 6th Latino, Caribbean, and Latin American Biennial 'El Museo Bienal - The (S) Files 2011' under this year's title 'Takes to the Streets', organised by El Museo del Barrio in New York.

The Museo Bienal 2011 in New York focuses on the aesthetics of street in the meaning of a city's visual energy, expressed by artworks of 75 Latino, Caribbean, and Latin American artists. This year, the works - from murals, graffiti to non-traditional presentations in fashion and music, are on show at 7 different places in New York City.

"The (S) Files 2011 explores how the boundaries between public/private and personal/universal are blurred by urban culture, and examines the street as catalyst for change in mainstream culture," says curator Rocío Aranda-Alvarado

fig. (detail original): "Bridge and tunnel kids have more fun (The Return of La Morena)" by Janelle Iglesias, 2011. Janelle Iglesias (born 1980 in Queens/NY) is educated in practical art (painting, sculpture, extended media, ceramics) as well as theoretical approaches to culture; she has studied Cultural Anthropology (BA) at the Emory University, Atlanta/GA.

Source: Original article with image and video on



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