Grant Summary
Artist Statement
My transdisciplinary artistic practice is grounded in the body in movement, manifesting through writing, acting, space, and video. I use costumes, everyday objects, furnishings, juxtaposed in a liminal space that celebrates precariousness and defies artistic categorizations. Self-presentation has been the main platform in my 28-year career. I occupy spaces of resistance shaped by the colonial experience and rooted in personal, social and political contexts: a female household head Caribbean islander born into and trained in the trans-colonial, anemic educational and cultural experiences. The creation of female characters forms a substantial part of my site-specific oeuvre. I explore and expose the anxieties of the Puerto Rican everyday space while transversally researching gender, sexuality, class, and race. Through hyperbole and humor, I question artistic canons, national imaginaries, daily violence and the many faces of power in order to salvage micro-political personal spaces. 
  • O(h)culta [O(h)ccult], Teresa Hernández 2017 , Teresa Hernández, Performance-intervention. Photo by Antonio Ramírez.

  • Coraje II (Anger II), Teresa Hernández 2013, Teresa Hernández, Theater-performance. Photo by Adiela Marie.

  • O-culta [O(h)ccult], Teresa Hernández 2017, Teresa Hernández, Performance-intervention. Photo by Antonio Ramírez.

  • Meciéndome en la transición (Rocking the transition), Teresa Hernández 2015-2018, Teresa Hernández, Performance-intervention. Photo courtesy of the artist.