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"As the palm is bent, the boy is inclined": Solo show by Kevin Quiles Bonilla at Real Art Ways, USA

Hartford, Connecticut, USA
April 29, 2021 – August 1, 2021

Real Art Ways announces a solo exhibition by Real Art Awards recipient Kevin Quiles Bonilla. Entitled As the palm is bent, the boy is inclined, the exhibition features new work that is informed by Bonilla’s experience as a queer disabled Puerto Rican living in the United States. The exhibition was on view from Thursday, April 29 through Sunday, July 25, 2021.

Bonilla uses video, photography, installation, sculpture, and performance. His solo exhibition incorporates archival research, both through the Library of Congress and his own familial history. Bonilla is one of 6 artists to be chosen for a Real Art Award in 2020.

In speaking about his practice, he says, “…my work seeks to unearth the construction of a queer, historic heritage, using my body as the political repository, colonized by multiple structures of power: As a Puerto Rican, as a diaspora migrant, as a person with a disability, and as a queer man. The work in this exhibition explores how colonialism plays a role in the different intersections of my identity.”

Kevin Quiles Bonilla (b. 1992) is an interdisciplinary artist born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He received a BA in Fine Arts – Photography from the University of Puerto Rico (2015) and an MFA in Fine Arts from Parsons The New School for Design (2018). He has recently presented his work at The Brooklyn Museum, Queens Museum, The Shelly & Rubin Foundation’s 8th Floor Gallery, Smack Mellon, Dedalus Foundation, and the Leslie-Lohman Museum’s Project Space.

He currently lives and works between Puerto Rico and New York.

Real Art Ways is a 45-year old multidisciplinary arts organization with programs in visual art, live arts, cinema, and education. Supporting artists and connecting with community are at the heart of Real Art Ways’ mission.


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