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Yasmin Hernandez:
Visual Artist, Poet, Educator, Public lecturer, Keynote speaker, motivational speaker, workshop facilitator

available for...

-Speaking Engagements

(Slide lectures, panel presentations, informal talks, motivational speeches, keynote addresses)

-Art Workshops

(children, teens, adults, seniors)

-Professional development workshops
(at your organization/ agency/ school)


In addition to painting and exhibiting, Yasmin has 20 years of experience as an inspirational public speaker and educator. She has offered a variety of talks, lectures and presentations at different community, academic and professional organizations, campuses and agencies both in the United States and in Puerto Rico. Yasmin's work as a speaker and educator is also informed by her experiences in museum education, the bulk of her work in this field having been spent as an Artist Educator with the Studio Museum in Harlem and with el Museo del Barrio in New York City.

For information on booking Yasmin for a speaking engagement or workshop write info@yasminhernandez.com with "booking request" in the subject line of your message. Sample topics include, but are not limited to:


PROJECT-BASED
Bieké: Tierra de Valientes
(Vieques: Land of Braves)
Based on the artist’s project honoring the people’s struggle against the US Navy after 60+ years of bombing maneuvers on their homeland of Vieques. This topic addresses popular struggle, environmental justice, colonialism and militarism.

The Bieke exhibit debuted at el Museo Fuerte Conde de Mirasol in Vieques, Puerto Rico in 2009. The Bieke series has also been exhibited at La Universidad Interamericana, Fajardo, Puerto Rico and la Universidad de Puerto Rico, Humacao. Bieke presentations and slide lectures have been offered at NYU, Cornell University, the Rise Conference and several community organizations in New York City.)


Linea Negra
(Black Line)
Drawing inspiration from the natural home births of her two sons, Linea Negra explores birthing as a sacred state and works to reclaim it from a male-dominated, over-medicalized, exploited industry. This project celebrates women’s wisdom, evoking one’s innate inner strength and encouraging it in others.

Yasmin was invited to do a residency and a Women's Month Keynote Address on this topic at Wright State University, Dayton Ohio. See Flyer. See Photo Gallery of residency


ARCHIVOS SUBVERSIVOS
(Subversive Archives)
This project examines the US government practice of keeping surveillance files on suspected “subversives.” It presents a humanized representation of the people deemed dangerous by the government. ARCHIVOS also reverses surveillance by revealing dangerous government practices used to destroy movements and communities.

This project debuted at The Center for Puerto Rican Studies in New York City in 2007. Archivos presentations have been offered at community organizations in New York City and at Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio.


Soul Rebels
A tribute to revolutionary musicians and poets who have used their art to combat injustice. This topic explores the role of art in social change and the risks artists have taken to use their craft as a tool for justice.

This project debuted at El Museo del Barrio in 2005 where Yasmin also conducted workshops for school and community groups on this theme. Another installment of Soul Rebels was exhibited at El Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico where Yasmin also conducted a panel presentation on the work. A Soul Rebels lecture was also offered at Johson & Wales College, Providence, Rhode Island and an exhibit/ presentation at the Princeton Day School, NJ.



FORMAL THEMES
(Exploring art and art-making)


Heritage Aesthetics
How do cultural and spiritual heritage inform the aesthetic principles that color one’s work? This presentation highlights Yasmin's use of Yoruba aesthetic principles and her explorations of indigenous Taino cosmology that inform her aesthetics.

Alter altars
Art installations redefining the sacred. This workshop highlights indigenous, spiritist and Yoruba concepts that influence the artist's practice of personal and artistic altar-making.

Signifying Surfaces
How do the inspiration, motivation and message behind a work of art inform the choice of materials selected for its creation? How do these materials transform as charged signifiers in the act of storytelling through art?
THEME-BASED
Art and Activism
Exploring the reciprocal relationship of how art serves as a catalyst for activism and how people’s movements serve as a catalyst for art-making. Presentations on this theme have been offered at Penn State, Cornell University, NY, The University of Richmond, Richmond, ,VA and Swathmore College, PA.

Arte y Ache
Channeling spirituality and sacred energies through art. This topic has been presented at community organizations and at the College of New Rochelle.

Dinga/ Mandinga
The African heritage of Puerto Rico

Facing Freedom-
Liberation Portraits
The artist shares portraits, struggles and legacies of freedom fighters and liberation lovers. This topic has been presented at Baruch College, CUNY and at Taller Puertorriqueño in Philadelphia.

Warrior Women
An art approach to celebrating goddesses from fierce nurturers to warriors.This topic has been presented at community organizations and at La Casa Latina, Yale University.

Yanqui o Puertorriqueño
Exploring the history and identity of a colony, with an historic overview of Puerto Rico, the US invasion, and political dynamics since. This topic has been presented at various community organizations.

POETRY/ IMAGE

Imagen, palabra, poder
The artist presents collaged images to accompany her poems on life and liberation.

 

Below is a list of some of the campuses on which Yasmin has presented her work over the years.

Cornell University-Ithaca, NY
Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY
University of Texas, Austin
New York University
Suffolk County Community College, Selden, NY
Haverford College, Pennsylvania
University of Virginia
Pennsylvania State University
Temple University
Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio
Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
Teachers College, Columbia University
University of Maryland
Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, CUNY
The University of Puerto Rico
La Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico

Exhibits:
Interested in organizing or hosting an exhibition? Email the artist at info@yasminhernandez.com for information.

Commissions:
If interested in commissioning the artist to create an original work, email info@yasminhernandez.com for more information.

For a complete history of presentations and exhibits see resume

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