Sisters Lisa and Janelle Iglesias discuss their artistic collaboration as Las Hermanas Iglesias. Working on opposite coasts, they produce playful work in a variety of mediums, engaging issues including community, feminism, and cultural hybridity. Las Hermanas draw on their identities as the children of Dominican and Norwegian immigrants and highlight relationships between family members as well as individuals in society, tying the personal to larger cultural systems and promoting cooperation and collectivity. Informed by their navigations of fertility, pregnancy, loss, and birth, their Contemporary Project debuts work that explores caregiving as part of a complex network of social issues.
This conversation was moderated by Claire Howard, Associate Curator, Collection and Exhibitions.
Learn more about Las Hermanas Iglesias on the exhibition page.
Funding for this program is provided by the Carolyn Harris Hynson Centennial Endowment at the Blanton Museum of Art.
ABOUT OUR SPEAKERS
Las Hermanas Iglesias have been featured in solo and two-party exhibitions at Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ; Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT; the National Nordic Museum, Seattle, WA; Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA; Ortega y Gasset, New York, NY; and Present Company, Brooklyn, NY, among others, and in group exhibitions at the Queens Museum, Queens, NY; New Mexico State University Art Museum, Las Cruces, NM; the BRIC Biennial, Brooklyn, NY; Blue Star Contemporary, San Antonio, TX; Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY; Abrons Art Center, New York, NY; Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, TX; El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY, and elsewhere. Las Hermanas Iglesias have been supported by residencies including the LMCC Paris Residency, Paris, France; New Roots Foundation, Antigua, Guatemala; Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY; and StoneLeaf Artist Residency, Kingston, NY; and by grants from the Queens Council for the Arts and the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures.
Lisa Iglesias (born 1979, Queens, NY) holds an MFA from the University of Florida and is currently an Associate Professor at Mount Holyoke College. Janelle Iglesias (born 1980, Queens, NY) received her MFA in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University and is an Assistant Professor at the University of California San Diego.
Photo: Las Hermanas Iglesias, Commiserates (After recovering from Covid), 2022, Photo: courtesy of the artists.
Feature Image Credit: Las Hermanas Iglesias, Fluff Loomed and Twin Peaked, 2016–2022, embroidery and fabric paint on found textile, cast hands of Bodhild Iglesias, 50 1/2 x 38 in., Photo: courtesy of the artists.
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