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Todes Vejigante

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TODES VEJIGANTE is an exhibition of portraits and symbols of Afro-Descendants, the LGBTQ+ community, and the historic resistance of the Puerto Rican people.

Created by Juan Pablo Vizcaino and presented by Fordistas, the inclusive cultural experience is exemplified by the word “todes” a non-gender specific word for all.

The Vejigante masks of Loiza, Puerto Rico have been a traditional symbol against oppression for generations. The hand carved and elaborately decorated coconut masks along with their accompanying costumes, dances and festivals are a way of obscuring and storytelling all at once.

Although they were originally created by the descendants of slaves as a form of expression within the African diaspora in the Caribbean, they have been adopted by other dispossessed groups fighting for their voice - including the LGBTQ+ community and the ongoing resistance in Puerto Rico.

The work is displayed on a mix of indigenous plants and material native to Loiza, as well as found objects that are remnants of the lingering effects of hurricane Maria.

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