“La Casita de Julia” Installation by Dey Hernández Vázquez

La Casita de Julia

A commissioned multimedia installation in homage of Julia de Burgos centenary.

by Dey Hernández Vázquez in collaboration with Gabo Lugo and Yaraní del Valle-Piñero.

Photographs by: Romina Hendlin

Currently on view at the Loisaida Center, part of the event Muchas Julias which opened November 15th 2014.
By appointment only, to schedule a viewing please call (347)296-5016 (Monday-Friday 9:00am-3:00pm) 


About the piece:

To experience both the inner poetry of Julia de Burgos’ words and the poetics of the house, the artist created a “casita” for Julia. The paper architectural installation explores the way in which the intimate space of home relates to the intimate space of poetry. It is a rhetorical object that both convinces and engages the public to respond. In “La casita de Julia”, Julia’s poetic image creates a space that lifts off from the page allowing ourselves to drift into her poetry.


Dey Hernández Vázquez

Architect, teaching artist and puppeteer, who works in a variety of media. Issues of race, identity, language, and community are fundamental to her work. She designs and facilitates art workshops wit AgitArte, a non-profit organization dedicated to artistic and popular education projects. Dey is also an artist of the radical workers’ theater collective, Papel Machete. Dey has been an artist in residence here at the Loisaida Center and she is currently based in Boston, MA.

Gabriel “Gabo” Lugo

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Old San Juan, he is always humble doing magic behind the scenes. Gabo received a Grammy nomination for his work on Tego Calderón’s 2008 album “El Abayarde Contra-Ataca”. Still in his early 20’s Lugo’s talent, paired with a hunger to learn new things and to innovate, has him poised to fulfill the promise of his musical upbringing. Gabo’s thirst for knowledge led him to Berklee College of Music, where he continues work towards a degree in Sound Design

Yaraní del Valle Piñero

An actress and educator product of the University of Puerto Rico Drama Department, Yarani has dedicated her life to performing and developing community based art projects. She is a laboratory actor-singer-dancer who trains and works in Latin America, New York, Miami and LA. La Yara is an ensemble member of Pregones Theater/PRTT and the Education & Art Residency Manager at the Loisaida Center.