Las Hermanas Iglesias

December 17, 2022
August 27, 2023

About the Exhibit

Sisters Lisa and Janelle Iglesias have collaborated artistically as Las Hermanas Iglesias since 2005, alongside their individual studio practices. Their transdisciplinary, bicoastal practice explores themes of community, feminism, cultural hybridity, site-specificity, play, and cooperation.

Las Hermanas Iglesias’ Contemporary Project will be conceptually anchored by the biological phenomenon of microchimerism. People who have given birth host at least three unique cell populations—their own, their gestational parent’s, and their child’s. Inspired by this internal state of collectivity, the exhibition is imbued with the poetics of chimera: porous, without boundaries, and created together. The sculptural installation also echoes the recombinatory strategies of the chimera in classical mythology, a fire-breathing female monster with the body parts of a lion, goat, and serpent. Drawing on their own navigation of fertility, pregnancy, loss, birth, and new motherhood, the artists complicate narratives and normalize multitudes of experiences while advocating for reproductive self-determination.

Organized by Claire Howard, Assistant Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Blanton Museum of Art

Members get free admission.

About the Artists

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.

Feature Image Credit

Las Hermanas Iglesias, Fluff Loomed Twin Peaked (detail), 2016-2022, fabric ink, spray paint, and embroidery on wool blanket, 50 1/2 x 38 in. (photo courtesy of the artists)

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