SOMXS PODEMX - VIDEO PERFORMANCE BY PONCILÍ CREACIÓN FOR EL MUSEO DEL BARRIO
Known for their fantastical and improvisational approach to puppetry, Poncilí Creación is an art collective composed of identical twin brothers Pablo and Efrain Del Hierro who describe their practice as “speculative alchemy.” For their newly commissioned performance Somxs Podemx, the group takes to the streets for a durational progression across the neighborhoods of San Juan, the duo’s hometown and where they have been in quarantine during the global pandemic.
As part of El Museo del Barrio’s year-long initiative ESTAMOS BIEN: LA TRIENAL 20/2, Poncilí Creación “denounces the Puerto Rican government’s decades of blatant corruption as well as its poor behavior in the face of Covid 19 and recent natural disasters,” explaining that through their practice, they “champion creative protests as a powerful tool to aid in the fight against injustice.”
Moving through colorful streets, gentrified neighborhoods, tax havens, and sites of resistance along San Juan’s Avenida Ponce de León, Somxs Podemx explores the impact that the creative action of a single individual can have against the reppressive reality it inhabits.
Poncilí Creación is a performance duo based in Puerto Rico that focuses on foam rubber sculptures to create spectacles. These sculptures - created to be manipulated by the human body or parts of it, some as small as a coin others as large as cars - are tools for creating whimsical power that stains reality. Established in 2013, Poncilí Creación’s art practice has been an exploration of how they can build communities and harvest resilience among the people they impact using their objects as a catalyst to shape collective reality. Their massive spectacle tours have taken them to Canada, U.S., Mexico, Dominican Republic, Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, Taiwan, and China.
ESTAMOS BIEN: LA TRIENAL 20/21 is El Museo del Barrio’s first national large-scale survey of Latinx contemporary art featuring more than 40 artists from across the United States and Puerto Rico. Curated by El Museo del Barrio’s Chief Curator Rodrigo Moura and Curator Susanna V. Temkin, with New York-based artist Elia Alba as Guest Curator, the yearlong initiative launched with online projects and culminates with an onsite exhibition (March 13 – August 22, 2021)